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is some general information on the region of Leticia, Colombia. I am this in the forum because there is nowhere on Tripadvisor to the Leticia area.

My wife and I 2.5 days in the area around in late April 2012. The frustrating part of planning the was the dearth of information on the internet. It to me that the majority of information on the about the Leticia area is put out by companies who want to whet appetite but not give you so much that you can really know you want to do or pick and choose

We have never been about taking packaged and prefer to just wing it but it was very hard to find information to even know there was to do in advance. In the end, it out just fine. I will try to information that may be useful for

First, some general (1) Leticia is on the Amazon river Colombia, Brazil. and Peru together. It has about 35,000 It is bordered on the south by the Brazilian of Tabatinga, which has about people. Crossing between and Leticia is seamless. Peru is the river. (2) The Leticia area is not the place for someone who doesn’t any Spanish.

You can get by, but it will be a bit of a struggle if you have a prepackaged tour. My and I speak decent Spanish, so we know firsthand how it would be not to Spanish, but few people we interacted spoke English. (3) Don’t to spend much time at all in the of Leticia. Other than the at Parque Santander at sunset, is nothing to write home

It is merely a springboard to get to know the around it. (4) Leticia is safe. is a huge military presence, and everyone I talked to agrees Leticia is very safe, at nowadays. (5) There is GSM cell service in Leticia (Comcell, I I also surprisingly enough got a signal on my CDMA Verizon

I presume that was from a tower. Don’t expect any service in the jungle, of course. access in Leticia is very Perhaps because of that, few of the or travel companies seem to answer their emails. (6) people say you have to show yellow fever vaccination to someone somewhere.

We never had to. Of course, it’s a good idea to get vaccinated. (7) The is not potable. (8) April and May are the wet season, and the levels will be at their and some things may close for Right now (April 2012), the is at its highest level in 14 years, and la de los micos and the Parque Nacional are closed, and have been all The dry season is June-August.

July and have the lowest water and sometimes this can create its own July-August are also the high season. (9) People say to wear sleeves and long pants so you get bit, but I did that and found of bites under my clothes. So I recommend using repellant on whole body and not worrying so about the long sleeve (10) The weather is in the upper 80s and humid, but around dusk it very pleasant.

Growing up in I didn’t think the weather was hot at all. (11) Understand the Amazon itself, while and impressive, is not really jungle. You to venture down the tributaries to that, and the farther you get from the center of Leticia, the more jungle you will encounter.

there. Both Leticia and have their own airport. has two flights per day, both to I believe it has a few sporadic flights to 2 or 3 cities as well.

Tabatinga has to Manaus or Tefe. When you get to there is a COP19,000 airport tax per You can only arrive in Leticia by or boat. There is no land to Leticia. I didn’t research in Leticia by overnight boat.

is possible, but you’ll have to elsewhere for that.

Local (1) There is a single highway runs northeast from for about 28km, and a bus that up and down the highway every 20 or so up to km11. You pay when you get off based on the you have traveled, between and COP2,500. The locals told me it on the street between Parque and Hotel Anaconda. but I never saw it there. It does definitely the parque Santander.

There are no actual bus stops. (2) The stand is in the same block as the bus area. You will pay between COP and 10,000 between the airport and the stand, depending on whether you get the discount. (3) There are two ports. The port (i.e. for little that tour companies hire, or you might directly yourself) is next to parque Anaconda.

The commercial port is blocks down the street in the direction of Tabatinga). From the port you can take the regularly Lancha (fast boat) to Nariño and stops in between. It about 2 hours to go upriver to Nariño, and just over 1 to return. It costs 29,000 each way. I learned it less if you are going to stop in between, but I never personally did

The boats depart Leticia for Nariño daily at 08.00, and 14.00 hours, and return to at 07.30, 11.00 and 16.00 If you are wishing to return from Nariño to Leticia at 1600, buy return ticket in advance, as it usually fill to capacity. You also encounter difficulties if you to return on that boat a location other than Nariño, as it may be full.

There are 3 based in Leticia offering services on this route: Fronteras ((8)5924687), Transportes and Transportes Amazónicos (, but expect them to ever this), 5925999/5924337/3133478091). They take turns running the on different days.

For reasons of our control, we only had 2.5 days and had to at Hotel Anaconda. It’s priced, but fine. If I could do again, I would spend time and venture further from Leticia, and not use Leticia as the base. But it is a good base if you have 2 or 3 days.

Here are places of interest in and around sorted by distance from Anaconda.

1.Parque Santander. 2 from hotel.

Bird Watching at sunset Thousands of small parakeets fly to Santader to spend the night in the trees. I read somewhere if you ask nicely at the church next to the they will let you see this from the church’s bell A small donation is required 2,500).

The tower also a nice view over the and the Amazon river. The sight and of the birds arriving is just

2. Tabatinga. Brazil city to Leticia. About 1.5km to

Casa de chocolate. This is a store with lots of It’s very reasonably but nothing special. The staff are friendly, though. We just to say we were in Brazil.

3. Lake (or Yaguacaca). 2km north of Leticia.

We kayaking there. You can take the bus or to km 2 where you will find the Kasabe. They have and access to the lakes.

The price is per person (including a mandatory which seemed a bit steep to me. You can certainly go through a tour It lasted about 90 minutes. say you might find pink though your chances are higher at Tarapoto. We didn’t see though the guide said the are better when the water is (Jul-Aug).

The giant tree “La is here. Make sure you your swimsuit. The lakes are not that interesting, but getting them was very cool.

4. Temático (or Ecológico) Mundo 7km by road from Leticia. start at 7a-2p.

This is a garden, not the jungle. Don’t be by its advertising. I personally didn’t for it, but you can read plenty of reviews on on Trip Advisor.

The website the tour takes 3 hours. Our lasted only 2 hours. The starts at 2p and ends at 5p, but you can’t after 2p. Entry is 25,000-30,000COP pp.

For call: 3123 614 606,, or or visit: If you take the bus be aware that is a small hike from the to the park entrance. The taxi (for a gringo, at least) is COP

5a. Tanimboca Nature Reseve. 11 km by from Leticia. 6am-6pm

The website appears somewhat It says there is an entrance fee of That no longer appears to

There is, however, an ecological for 25,000, which I did not see on the website. Be that the nature reserve is forest, as it was cleared about 30 ago, except for a few large You can ascend on a tree climbing 35m-high trees, then 80m along two zip-lines from one to another through the forest (COP$60,000). This was fun and worth it.

If you do there is little point in the ecological walk, since the to the tree climbing covers of it. Other activities include (COP$20,000) and nocturnal jungle (COP$150,000). Right now, the water level is too low to kayak.

You can stay overnight in a treehouse COP$150,000/200,000/300,000). •Phone 310 774 5919, 8 592 The website says you must tree climbing at least 1 day in We didn’t find that when we visited, though probably true in high

The bus will drop you off right in of it.

5b. Serpentario Nacional Amero. by road from Leticia Tanimboca). 8-4pm.

We didn’t this, but here is what website says. Get up close and with boas, anacondas and slithery creatures on show at snake sanctuary. •Website •Phone 8 592 6692. •Price …/child COP$7000/5000

6. The Yavari tributary that heads to form the border with and Peru.

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A good place to go spotting after dark, and in the day, too. We hired a in Leticia from Selva (313-497-6277) on the spot for COP100,000 per for caiman hunting. That was than we should have paid, and it was down from the that they first Make sure you leave 1700 so you can watch the sun go down as you are across the Amazon. Our guide, Ron speaks English) found 3 and grabbed them out of the water.

were no more than 18 We declined to take the daytime that stops in Benjamin but regretted it later. Our friends who the tour the day after us saw sloths, dolphins, and monkeys from the and loved the charm of Benjamin

7. Marasha Natural Reserve. 30 km from Leticia on the Peruvian (across from Nazareth, a before Santa Sofia).

We did not go to (but kind of wish we You apparently experience a touch of the jungle with trekking, fishing, observation of the giant plants and the variety of animals are in the reserve. Tree (dosel) +zipline is COP70,000.

how much the basic entrance fee is.

8. de los micos. 35km upriver 35min), near Santa (next to isla corea on maps).

A man brought a whole lot of to this island back that was legal to do, and now they are on the island and quasi-domesticated. This has unfortunately closed since the of April due to flooding, so we couldn’t go. I you have to pay at De Cameron hotel in (1 block south of Parque You can go canoeing, and there is also tree canopy (dosel) Entrance is about 40mil.

Not how much the tree climbing or if it includes a zipline.

9. Amacayacu park. 65km up river. 90m up, 1h back)

This is also closed for flooding, though sure it will be open by the end of May if not Tree climbing (not zip but does have suspension Canoeing, piranas, aligators. pay at De Cameron hotel in Leticia (1 from Anaconda).

522 2890. The says Foreigners: $ 35,000, Adults Residing in Colombia: Don’t know tree cost. Some have that after you pay the admission, you have to pay for a guide (which to be the pattern here).

Lots of recommended this place. Nariño – Parque Amacayacu in boat costs COP4,000.

10. Puerto Nariño/Tarapoto lakes. up river. Fast boat 2h up/1h back.

Tarapoto is supposedly the best place for watching. You get there by hiring a in Puerto Nariño 2km away. Nariño is a quaint city of people with no motorized There is a small museum of artefacts that was good. are places to stay here.

There are no ATMs. I am told to a tour of the Tarapoto lakes of 2-3 hours to cost about It’s much cheaper to a tour out of Puerto Nariño out of Leticia.

We took the 0800 from Leticia, arrived at and immediately found a guide in Narino (Leopoldo, awesome ask him to sing for you, 321-332-8096) who us out for lots of boat exploring and a bit of hiking until the 1600 boat for COP90,000. The lunch at the with hanging wooden was exquisite and cheap. Leopoldo Lake Tarapoto is no longer the place for dolphin viewing, so he us to a spot on the edge of the river it is so wide there is no current is what the dolphins prefer), and he saw lots and lots of dolphins.

In it is useful, here is a random and not exhaustive smattering of tour that I found. I know little about their or prices, but it may be a starting place:

1. tours. angela 1-218-4679 8-27-119 (leticia). (don’t expect them to reply). Pricey.

2. Siempre (they do reply since they are in they also have an in Leticia) Tel:(57-1) 6040015 / / 4829426. More reasonably than Anaconda, but not uber

3. (Recommended for budget) Borugo. Vía Los Conjunto Las Veraneras, Casa 102 * (57)(8) 5927340

5. Mixed reviews. Phone 8 592 7377

6. Carrera 9 Nro Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia. 310 798 (Daniel) / 313 265 1778 (Sergio)

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