Why you should visit the Colombian Amazon
- Hike through the jungle to seek out the diverse flora and fauna, from armies of tree-cutting ants to sloths and pink river dolphins
- Visit indigenous communities in and around Puerto Narino to experience their traditional way of life
- Stay in the heart of the Amacayacu National Park, known as the River of Hammocks for a superb Amazon experience
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Head out on evening excursions by boat to experience the nocturnal flora and fauna, perhaps spotting some of the smaller and less well known creatures that inhabit the jungle.
A little more about the Colombian Amazon
The Colombian Amazon accounts for almost a third of the country’s land mass and is located in the south east of the country. The gateway to the Amazon is the bustling town of Leticia on the banks of the Amazon River, reached only by plane or boat, as it is miles from any road networks. Most adventures into the rainforest start from here, also a point where Peru, Colombia and Brazil meet, known as the Tres Fronteras. This area of the Amazon Basin, although much smaller than its neighbouring countries, is largely unexplored in Colombia and relentlessly flooded in some regions, access is often limited to boats only.
The rainforest is bordered by a number of national parks, most notably Amacayacu National Park, a two hour boat journey from Leticia. Public access is restricted, but the park is well organised for trekking and is popular with wildlife enthusiasts, particularly ornithologists. Quite literally teeming with life, this whole wilderness area supports an array of wildlife from exotic birds to wild cats and monkeys and is worthy of the effort it may take to get here.
When to go
Leticia and the Amazon have a very tropical climate with minimal differences throughout the year. A year round destination, February to May is the wettest season, the best time for fishing and to see the flowering giant Victoria Regia water lily. July and August are the driest months whilst August to November is when the rivers are at their lowest with exposed beaches and river turtles laying their eggs.