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Amazonas

The Amazon is vast and along with Brazil and Perú, Colombia also has a large share of it. To unlock the secrets of the Amazon you really have to arrive by aeroplane.

There you will find a wealth of indigenous culture and a pristine wilderness, deep into the Amazon where Amazonian rules apply, a world which offers you many attractions, a world of its own.

Who has not dreamt of one day waking up somewhere deep in the Amazon jungle? Awakened only by the chirps of tropical birds and the rustle of the wild rainforest?

The starting point of any trip to the Amazon is Leticia, the capital of the Amazonas department. From Leticia you travel by boat along the Amazon River to your chosen Amazonian destination. Before soon the playful pink dolphins are jumping in the boat’s wake. One final farewell to the modern world and thus your journey really begins, accompanied only by the buzz of the boat’s engines and some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery.

After arriving by aeroplane in Leticia, you can commence your journey immediately or spend a night in the town. Leticia is a typical jungle town and the conurbation is shared by Brazil’s Tabatinga. The town is the focal point of local trade and there is always a lively atmosphere. We recommend you consider spending a night there and take in the town’s ambience, fun bars, reasonably priced hotels and simple restaurants.

Our principal programme in Amazonas is at a Brazilian jungle lodge which offers traditional jungle accommodation in an immaculate and unspoiled section of the Amazon Rainforest.

There are various activities that you can choose for yourself such as boat excursions, nighttime caiman watching, long treks through the deep jungle, kayak routes over the river to Perú and jungle camping. Each one is accompanied by an experienced guide using the sun, the stars and local expertise to navigate.

Important

  • The yellow fever vaccination is mandatory. Please obtain a certificate prior to going.
  • You should seek your own physician’s advice as to whether to take malaria tablets or not.
  • The rains come hard and fast and storms can last for hours, you should keep a spare set of clothes in a waterproof bag.
  • A flashlight and batteries will certainly come in handy as the electricity supply in the jungle is limited.
  • Lodgings are in Brazilian territory, You may be required to pay for an entry visa, in most cases this does not need to be planned in advance. Costs vary depending on your nationality.

Programme

Our preferred jungle lodge is about 4 hours away from Leticia by boat

The jungle lodge embodies the essence of the deep jungle, they are vastly removed from your day to day life in Europe or North America.

You spend your entire stay at the lodge and you can decide your daily activities for yourself, the expert guides are ready and willing to fulfil all of your expectations.

The options include:

  • Nocturnal excursions to the jungle
  • A visit to the Indian village of Santa Rita in Perú
  • Hiking and camping in the deep jungle
  • An introduction to the world of indigenous communities and a discussion with a shamen
  • Dosel, a cable ascent to 46 metres, far above the jungle canopy.

The jungle lodge will not be a structured programme, it will be what you want to make it. Whatever you do, it will be a memory that you carry with you for the rest of your life.

Comprehensive option or independent travel option?

We have two ways of knowing the Amazon to fit different budgets and travel styles. The comprehensive option includes such luxuries as airport pickup, immigration assistance and private transfers by boat or road to your destination. Once at the reserve you will be accommodated in private cabins.

Save money by opting for one of the traditional accommodation options in the enramada or maloka, traditional jungle style dorms.

Once at the lodge, those choosing the independent travel option are treated just like any other staying guest and will enjoy the services of the excellent guides and the delicious fresh food.

The Colombian option

For those whose travel style is not such a good fit for the most remote parts of the jungle, those that want a more luxurious experience, those that wish to travel in July, or those that do not wish to enter Brazilian territory. We also offer an option on the Colombian side of the Amazon.

Our Colombian option has been specifically chosen to offer clients authenticity, stunning natural surroundings, excellent guides and consistency with the rest of our portfolio.

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