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Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman - February 2011 April 2016   » View Photoset (8 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 12yrs!
2016: Came through the Brazilian Amazon to get to Colombia from Rio de Janeiro. The Tabatinga passport office was closed when I arrived at Tabatinga Airport in the evening. The passport office is about halfway between Tabatinga Airport and Leticia. The office hours are 8am-12pm and 2pm-6pm daily. I headed across the border to stay the night in Leticia and headed back to Tabatinga the next day in a mototaxi for my exit stamp from Brazil. When I went to the airport in Leticia later that day for a flight to Bogota, that is when I got my entry stamp into Colombia. Easy as pie!

2011: After traveling up the Amazon River for 6 days and nights from Manaus I arrived in Tabatinga so that I could get back to Colombia. The border crossing is extremely simple and straightforward. From the port of Tabatinga I walked for 5 or 6 minutes to the building of the Federal Police or as it is called locally the Policia Federal. They stamped my passport for my exit stamp from Brazil and then I simply walked out to the street and waved down a mototaxi and he zipped me across the border to Leticia - Colombia. On the borderline stands the flags of Brazil and Colombia together. The ride took 5 minutes. I asked him to drop me at the DAS office in town, that is the Colombian passport control. They told me to get my passport entry stamp for Colombia at the airport the following day when I left Leticia at the DAS office there. The best place when you arrive at Leticia airport from elsewhere in Colombia is to get your exit stamp for Colombia at the airport NOT the office in town!


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Tabatinga to Leticia (Colombian Border), Brazil - I Made It Back To Colombia. After 6 days and nights on a ferry from Manaus we arrived in Tabatinga. Time to cross the border on motorbike and get back to Colombia!