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Iquitos to Santa Rosa, Peru - Fast Boat To The Border At Leticia / Tabatinga

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - October 2016   » View Photoset (46 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Iquitos proved to be a fantastic place to explore the Amazon jungle on foot, to enjoy nature, wildlife and all the little creatures I found hiding among
Peru Photo - People and their produce on the banks of the Amazon River as we arrive in Leticia Colombia from Santa Rosa.
People and their produce on the banks of the Amazon River as we arrive in Leticia Colombia from Santa Rosa.
the leaves! Time now to get back to Colombia where I live. This would be my 5th river journey in the Amazon, but my 1st in a fast boat, the others were in the slower more laidback ferries!

Ticket for the Fast Boat

I bought a ticket for the fast boat to Santa Rosa in central Iquitos just down from the main plaza for $150 Soles ($45USD) for an early exit at 6:30am, it's a 9hr ride at an average speed of 55-65kmsph.

Journey by Boat to Santa Rosa

Like all river journeys by boat you need to keep your eyes wide open to see the sights, especially at this speed and because you are much lower in the water than in a ferry. The 2nd half of the trip is more interesting than the 1st half in terms of sights, communities and people etc. The thing about traveling in the Amazon by river is that the whole experience actually is the sight, there is no particular thing you are sitting there waiting to see. The experience is right there in front of you at all times - the trees, the water, the communities and birdlife if you are lucky. The
Peru Photo - Harvesting of crops grown for possibly thatched roofs for houses between Iquitos and Santa Rosa.
Harvesting of crops grown for possibly thatched roofs for houses between Iquitos and Santa Rosa.
main sight is really just to see the people and communities and the way they live beside the river. They wash their clothes, bathe, wave to you, fish from canoes, harvest crops beside the river and travel up and down in motorized boats sometimes shaded by umbrellas. It seems like a pretty good life to me from a distance, nice and simple, no cars, no traffic, no stress... The houses are simple, are made from wood and have thatched roofs. Larger buildings have roofs of corrugated iron.

San Pablo de Loreto and Communities

By around 12:30pm we had arrived in San Pablo de Loreto, about 200kms west of Santa Rosa and the Colombian border! From here we passed through,
Peru Photo - A family watch as we go past in a fast boat from  Iquitos to Santa Rosa, east of Caballococha.
A family watch as we go past in a fast boat from Iquitos to Santa Rosa, east of Caballococha.
sometimes stopping briefly at communities Alfaro, San Martin, Nuevo Paraiso and the police checkpoint in Chimbote. Less than an hour after Chimbote we arrived in Caballococha 'Tierra de Mitos y Leyendas' (a place of myths and legends), we were now directly below Colombia about 100kms west of Santa Rosa! The wooden houses are all on stilts here because the river rises a lot during rainy season, you climb a ladder to reach your front door! The people enjoy laying in hammocks and watching life on the river pass by.

Santa Rosa Arrival - the 3 Borders

By 3:30pm we arrived in Santa Rosa, this is where the 3 borders of Peru, Colombia and Brazil meet!

Cross the Border to Leticia

Santa Rosa is on the southern side of the Amazon River and the place to get your exit (or entry) stamp out of or into Peru! It's quick and easy, get a mototaxi from the river to the office and back, then take a short 10min boat ride to the northern side of the river to Leticia - Colombia!

Entry / Exit Stamps for Colombia

In Leticia you get your entry and exit stamps for Colombia at the airport but if your flight is the next day up to Bogota for example you don't need to get your entry stamp until the next day when you go for your flight. If you are going straight to Tabatinga Brazil, you don't need a stamp for Colombia, just take a motorbike taxi straight from Leticia to the passport office in Tabatinga!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Iquitos to Santa Rosa (Peru) to:


Map location: Iquitos to Santa Rosa, Peru. Iquitos proved to be a fantastic place to explore the Amazon jungle on foot, to enjoy nature, wildlife and all the little creatures I found hiding among the leaves! Time now to get to Colombia! This would be my 5th river journey in the Amazon, but my 1st in a fast boat!
 A : Leticia - Colombia 129 kms 129 kms straight distance
 B : Tabatinga to Leticia (Colombian Border) - Brazil 152 kms 152 kms straight distance
 C : Iquitos - Peru 250 kms 250 kms straight distance
 D : Yurimaguas to Iquitos - Peru 417 kms 417 kms straight distance
 E : Tarapoto to Yurimaguas - Peru 595 kms 595 kms straight distance
 F : Pucallpa - Peru 621 kms 621 kms straight distance
 G : Tarapoto & Lamas - Peru 646 kms 646 kms straight distance
 H : Pucallpa to Tingo Maria - Peru 709 kms 709 kms straight distance
 I : Manaus to Tabatinga (Amazon River) - Brazil 712 kms 712 kms straight distance
 J : Tingo Maria to Tarapoto - Peru 784 kms 784 kms straight distance
 K : Chachapoyas - Peru 790 kms 790 kms straight distance
 L : Tingo Maria - Peru 799 kms 799 kms straight distance
 M : Macas to Zamora - Ecuador 805 kms 805 kms straight distance
 N : Tena - Ecuador 818 kms 818 kms straight distance
 O : Puyo - Ecuador 818 kms 818 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.


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