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Travel Guide Leticia - Just Fascinating

Leticia is a hospitable town on the border with Peru and Brazil. This most southern town of Colombia is situated on the bank of the Amazon river, surrounded by paths that lead to fascinating places in the Amazon rainforest. Both the tropical rainforest and the copious Amazon river will captivate first-time visitors of Leticia. Accessible only by water or air, the Amazon is home to anacondas, manatees, caimans, jaguars, toucans, monkeys and more than 750 species of birds.

In the muddy-brown waters of the world’s largest river by volume you can spot the playful pink dolphins growing pinker as they become more excited. The heart of the Amazon still harbours indigenous communities such as the Huitotos, Yaguas, Tukunas, Ticunas, Boras and Andoques that have preserved their customs and amazing rituals. At night you can enjoy the sounds of the movement of the trees and the nocturnal animals that live here. The tranquillity and the distance of the city, astonishing landscape and its many secrets make the Amazon a mysterious place and an ideal destination for ecotourism.

Getting there

Air - The only way into Leticia is to fly. There are daily flights between Bogotá and Leticia’s Vásquez Cobo Airport with Aires, Copa Airlines and Satena. The flight lasts about one hour and 45 minutes.

Boat – From Tabatinga, just over the border in Brazil, there are boat connections downriver to Manaus in Brazil and upriver to Iquitos in Peru.

Things to do and places to visit

Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu – take a boat to Amacayacu National Natural Park, a natural reserve with some of the flora and fauna that only exist in these ferocious jungles such as the Victoria Regia, the world’s largest lotus. Here you can hike along marked trails, visit Ticuna villages, do tree canopy and canoe-trips. Not-to-be-missed is a trip up to Tarapoto Lake whose water is home to the pink and grey dolphins.

Bicycle tour - nothing beats a leisurely bicycle trip to the Brazilian city of Tabatinga, an ideal way to explore this frontier city and enjoy Brazilian architecture and food.

Isla de los Micos - around 45 minutes upstream from Leticia, this island is home to hundreds of capuchin monkeys but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is to see. Follow an indigenous guide through spectacular Amazon jungle to discover ancient trees and exotic animals. Listening to the sounds of nature while rowing in a traditional wooden canoe on Lake Tucuchira is also a breathtaking and fascinating experience.

Food

The local specialty is fish, including gamitana and pirarucú, one of the world’s largest freshwater fishes.

Population

Leticia has approximately 55,000 inhabitants.

Climate

Average temperature is 27°C (80ºF). July and August are the only relatively dry months.