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Tourist Attractions of the Colombian Amazon Rainforest

Beyond being considered a green and thick jungle, the Colombian Amazon is a unique destination that Mother Nature gives us. Join us to discover its most beautiful and impressive tourist sites.

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Tourism in Amazonas Colombia

If you are planning to visit the Colombian Amazon and you are still not sure about what you can do during your stay, what are those unmissable places, be careful, we have compiled the best information for you to enjoy the most of your trip through the Amazon jungle.

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Leticia: gateway

Leticia is the gateway to the Colombian Amazon and is located 3 kilometers from the Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport. This city is on the banks of the largest river in the world , the Amazon River.

Colombia: Amazon Jungle Tour - Day 1

It is also known for being the meeting point between three borders: Colombia, Brazil and Peru. Leticia offers its visitors different recreational opportunities such as ecological hikes, kayaking, canopy, flora and fauna observation.

What to do in Leticia?

Leticia is a city worth visiting; although it does not appear in the travel guides for tourism in Colombia, once you are there you do not want to leave, thanks to the tranquility, peace and energy that you breathe in this place in the middle of the gigantic Amazon.

Colombia: Drinking Cupuaçu Juice at the Mahatu Hostel in Leticia

Among the tourist sites in and around Leticia are the following:

Aguas Claras Natural Reserve

Located only 20 kilometers from Leticia, on the road to the village of Tarapacá; during the rainy season it can also be accessed by river. This reserve works for the conservation of the rainforest environment and ecotourism.

The Yahuarcaca Lakes located here can be navigated in kayaks rented by the tourist companies of the region. During the tour you can observe many animals typical of the Amazon rainforest, monkeys, birds and fish.

Jacana jacana / Gallito de ciénaga / Wattled Jacana

One of the main attractions of this river route is the largest lotus in the world whose scientific name is Victoria Regia.

Victoria Regia, the world’s largest lotus in the Yahuarcaca lakes. Source: ruperto48 [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

It has an area of 15.1 hectares and is located 150 meters above sea level.

The reserve has trails through the tropical rainforest that can be hiked with specialized interpreters, in addition to visiting areas of fruit trees, streams, waterfalls and natural pools.

Activities for all visitors include bird watching, ecological trails and lodging in the Umarí hostel, cabins and typical malokas.

Santander Park

This park is located in the center of Leticia and every afternoon a large number of parrots congregate there, looking for a place to rest in the trees.

Photo: Bridge at Santander Park in Leticia Amazonas 17-07-2015 Source: Alex matiz [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

This show is an attraction for locals and visitors who delight in the choreography of these animals.

Mundo Amazónico Ecological Park

If you go to Leticia you can not miss this park located just 7 kilometers outside the city, has 29 hectares of nature reserve consisting of jungle trails, a botanical garden, an aquarium area and a restaurant.

Aramus guarauna / Carrao / Limpkin

The Mundo Amazónico Park is a place for the whole family and you can choose between ecological walks with guides, or visit the botanical gardens, ecotherapy tour and interactive cultural scenarios.

Isla de los Micos

Visiting and touring the Isla de los Micos is one of the most attractive and favorite activities for tourists, since it involves walking through trails while learning about the different species of monkeys that live there.

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This island has a total area of 45 hectares and is located 45 minutes by river from Leticia.

Leticia Parque de Los Micos. Source: Gatocalvo [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Amacayacu National Natural Park

Another great place to enjoy the biodiversity in Amazonas Colombia is in Amacayacu, which is accessed by traveling by boat along the Amazon River for approximately two hours.

Amacayacu has an area of 293,500 hectares, this reserve has a large number of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, both in the jungle forest and in the river.

Paiche or pirarucu (Arapaima Gigas). Source: Cliff[CC BY 2.0].

In addition to aquatic plants such as the Victoria Regia (a floating plant whose leaves can reach up to two meters in diameter), can be seen on the calm waters of the river.

The park also has infrastructure available for the accommodation of groups, families or couples who wish to spend a few days close to nature, wild sounds and the tranquility of this place.

Night canoe rides, hiking trails, visits to ethnic groups or trips on the houseboat are some of the activities that can be done in the Amacayacu National Natural Park.

Tabatinga

Tabatinga is a city near Leticia, but part of the Brazilian territory, located in the middle of the tropical forest.

Amazon River, 95Km upstream from Tabatinga – Leticia. Source: ISS Expedition 4 crew member [Public domain]

The entire region is covered by forests and, hydrographically, it belongs to the Amazon basin, being fed by the Solimões, Içá, Japurá rivers and several of their tributaries.

Although Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, Amazonian Spanish is a language that is also spoken in Tabatinga, due to its border status with Leticia, Colombia and the Republic of Peru.

Tabatinga is a city of passage, where people usually go in order to cross the Amazon. In fact, it is not a tourist city of great interest.

Puerto Nariño

At 80 kilometers from Leticia is Puerto Nariño, another of the tourist places that you can not miss when you visit the Colombian Amazon, this port is really impressive, as you feel the sensation of being in a large natural park.

Amazon river village sunset

Some of the activities that can be done in Puerto Nariño are visiting the Mirador, which is located in the urban center and from where you can see the whole town.

You can also visit the Museum of the Natütama Foundation, which is responsible for raising awareness and educating locals and visitors to Puerto Nariño to care for and protect the environment.

Karen going to School

In addition, in Puerto Nariño you can do other interesting activities such as visiting the Wochine Reserve, a huge farm where there are ponds with various animals such as alligators, turtles, fish such as the pirarucu, which is in danger of extinction, the Victoria flower and a large ceiba tree more than 150 years old.

Another plan is to visit the Aguas Rojas, a small pond of red water that takes that color due to the roots of a tree that gives it that characteristic color.

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