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Leticia, Colombia - Amazon Rainforest Gateway to Colombia, Peru & Brazil

Colombia travel blog by Mark Berman - Feb 2011 March 2015 April 2016 Oct 2016   » View Photoset (35 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
2016: I spent the night in Leticia after flying up through Manaus from Rio de Janeiro to get back to Colombia where I live. Later in the year I arrived in
Colombia Photo - A boy with feathers in on his head is carried overhead in the parade in Leticia.
A boy with feathers in on his head is carried overhead in the parade in Leticia.
Leticia by river from Iquitos - Peru and spent the night. I was lucky to see a local parade and I made some new photos from around town.

4 Times in Leticia

I have been in Leticia several times now, it's a great gateway to get in or out of Brazil or Peru from. Door to the Amazon Rainforest! It's an easy and quick 2hr flight to Leticia from Bogota!

Border Crossing to Tabatinga

2015: I flew down to Leticia from Bogota, crossing the border to Tabatinga Brazil for a flight to Santarem - Brazil via Manuas.

2011: There are only really a couple of ways in or out of Leticia, either by plane from Bogota usually or by boat from the Amazon River from Brazil, Peru or Ecuador. I came
Colombia Photo - Child slides down the huge dinosaur playground in Parque Santander, Leticia.
Child slides down the huge dinosaur playground in Parque Santander, Leticia.
to Leticia from the Brazilian side of Tabatinga where I had just spent 6 days and nights traveling by boat up river from Manaus. Information about the border crossing.

Around Town

The first thing about Leticia that you will notice is that it has a tropical climate and also all of the locals riding around on their motorbikes through the streets around town, sometimes with a family of 4 onboard. I spent one night and day here and had a good walk around to see some of the sights. It's a busy little place, there are plenty of money changers around. I found Parque Orellana near the river, it has an outdoor amphitheatre Concha Acustica. There is a monument to Francisco de Orellana (1511-1546), he was the first person to navigate the length of the Amazon River. He also named the river and was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. Down by the river there
Colombia Photo - Children in a parade in the streets of Leticia, the Colombian Amazon.
Children in a parade in the streets of Leticia, the Colombian Amazon.
is another park area where you can sit and watch the action beside the water - local market stalls selling big green bunches of bananas cut straight from the tree. There is fish, lemons, limes, peppers, fruits and all kinds of produce being traded. A monument called 'Malecon de Leticia' stands at one end of a native holding a huge snake. I walked along the streets towards Parque Santander. I passed the pink library building where outside on the street there is a monument of a pair of pink dolphins.

Santander Park

It was nice to get to the park after just a few minutes, it's large and has quite a few things to see. It was undergoing some remodeling work at the time. There is a water
Colombia Photo - Monument called Malecon de Leticia in the park beside the river in Leticia. Native with huge snake.
Monument called Malecon de Leticia in the park beside the river in Leticia. Native with huge snake.
feature that has native figures standing on little islands inside. There is a lily pond with huge lilies, a wooden bridge crossing over it and tall trees stand around the edge. A military monument to remember the Amazonico conflict between 1932-1934 has a few pieces of military hardware on display. It's a great park to spend some time at while in Leticia, it's named after military leader Francisco de Paula Santander (1792-1840). Across the road is the white church called Parroquia Nuestra Senora De La Paz.

Everything You Need is Here

Leticia has plenty of nice restaurants serving good food and there is plenty of accommodation around the center. There are many internet cafes and other services in town including a hospital, a stadium and zoo gardens. The town has an easy-going laidback atmosphere but also a serious side with its military base and army personal. I needed to get to the airport in the afternoon. I collected my backpack from the hostel and for $6,000 pesos ($3USD) a taxi took me there.

Immigration Office at Airport

The DAS office is located at the airport to get an entry stamp on my passport for Colombia. From Leticia I flew up to Santa Marta via Bogota, I was looking forward to seeing the carnival of Barranquilla.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Leticia (Colombia) to:


Map location: Leticia, Colombia. Leticia in the far south/east corner of Colombia in the Amazon! What's it good for? A lot! Fly to/from Bogota, a ferry from Manaus Brazil or Iquitos Peru!
 A : Tabatinga to Leticia (Colombian Border) - Brazil 24 kms 24 kms straight distance
 B : Iquitos to Santa Rosa - Peru 129 kms 129 kms straight distance
 C : Iquitos - Peru 379 kms 379 kms straight distance
 D : Yurimaguas to Iquitos - Peru 541 kms 541 kms straight distance
 E : Manaus to Tabatinga (Amazon River) - Brazil 587 kms 587 kms straight distance
 F : Pucallpa - Peru 695 kms 695 kms straight distance
 G : Tarapoto to Yurimaguas - Peru 711 kms 711 kms straight distance
 H : Tarapoto & Lamas - Peru 756 kms 756 kms straight distance
 I : Pucallpa to Tingo Maria - Peru 786 kms 786 kms straight distance
 J : Tingo Maria - Peru 878 kms 878 kms straight distance
 K : Tingo Maria to Tarapoto - Peru 882 kms 882 kms straight distance
 L : Chachapoyas - Peru 907 kms 907 kms straight distance
 M : Macas to Zamora - Ecuador 934 kms 934 kms straight distance
 N : Leymebamba to Celendin - Peru 940 kms 940 kms straight distance
 O : Tena - Ecuador 944 kms 944 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Leticia, Colombia:

Fernando Real Hotel, Leticia, Colombia - Large Photo
Fernando Real Hotel, Leticia, Colombia (April 2016 - 1 night, October 2016 - 1 night) - Good value and a pretty good room for $17USD with aircon or $13USD with a fan. Private bathroom, tv, fridge and a good bed but a weak wifi signal unless you are in the reception area. Centrally located near food joints and shops. Nice helpful owner and staff. Attractive hotel, well-kept and clean. Recommended.
La Jangada Hospedaje, Leticia, Colombia - Large Photo
La Jangada Hospedaje, Leticia, Colombia (Feb 2011 - 1 night) - I had a whole dorm to myself and the staff were friendly and helpful. Located in the center of town near everything you need. I enjoyed my night here. Recommended.

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