Colombia’s emerald “Amazonia” spans six departments – Amazonas, Caquetá, Guainía, Guaviare, Putumayo and Vaupés – and is a huge blanket of tropical forest that covers 403,000 km², some 35% of the entire country.
At the far tip of the country, the steamy port of Leticia sits on the mighty Amazon River just across the border from both Brazil and Peru and is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding jungle. Traditional riverboats navigate the waterways towards Iquitos while smaller launches take visitors to remote villages and lodges deep within the flooded forest of the Amacayacu National Park. Home to two indigenous Tikuna tribes, the reserve protects close to 300,000 hectares and teems with an extraordinary array of wildlife. Over 460 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve alone together with over 150 mammals from manatee and pink river dolphin to monkeys, marmosets, tapirs and even jaguar.
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