Practical information for your trip to the Amazon
The bell tower,
Fruit and fish market,
Restaurant Santo Angel,
Restaurant Tierras Amazónicas,
La Comara (Tabatinga),
Leticia is capital of the Colombian Amazon. The region is a vast territory that makes up part of the immense region of the Amazon rainforest shared with Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, and Bolivia. In Colombia this region comprises an area of 483,119 sq km, 42% of the national territory. This is the least populated zone of the country.
- Population: 55.000 inhabitants
- Area: 109.665 Km2
- Indigenous Population: Huitotos, Yaguas, Tukunas, Ticunas, Boras, Andoques.
- Economy: Timber harvesting, fishing and tourism
- Airport: Vásquez Cobo.
From Manaus – Brazil
Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras Linhas Aereas Brasileiras and Trip are the airlines that cover this destination. The flight takes about an hour and 35 minutes. The cost of flights varies greatly depending on whether you plan your trip in high or low season. We recommend you to buy your tickets in advance.
Another alternative to arrive from Manaus is by cargo boat. To travel inside the Amazon there are usually charter flights available to Iquitos and other nearby towns.
The “rapidos” are a type of boat that makes 12-hour trips between Iquitos and Leticia, or 36-hour trips between Manaus and Leticia, traveling through the magnificent waters of the Amazon river.
The “paseos” consist of a ride on boats with a higher capacity and slower pace, which allows passengers to appreciate closely the landscape and culture of the Amazon. Read more about our tours.
As expected from any jungle, the weather in the Colombian Amazon has little variation during the year. The temperature ranges from 27.6 ° C (maximum average) and 23,5ºC (minimum average). Rains, however, are significant: 2,660 mm per year.
Little luggage is the key when travelling to the Amazon. We recommend you to include:
- Cool cotton clothing, long sleeve shirts, pants, raincoats, rubber boots and walking shoes, bathing suit and towel.
- Flashlight and camera with enough batteries and chargers
- Mosquito repellent and sunscreen
- Vaccination record. You may be asked to show this document at the port in Leticia.
- Analgesics and your regular basic medicines.
- Pesos(Colombian currency), Soles (Peruvian currency) and Reales (Brazilian currency) in small denomination.
Before the trip
- Get vaccinated against yellow fever and tetanus in advance. Check your medical service and your health conditions. This is only a recommendation.
- Take B complex at least eight days prior to your trip, to avoid mosquito bites.
- 85 nationalities are not required to hold a visa to travel to Colombia.