Amacayacu National Park

Motor boats also set forth from the pier in Leticia to the Isla de los Micos (monkey island), 450 hectares of primary forest full of birds, mammals and apes. It is also possible to take a boat to the Peruvian villages of Santa Rosa and Bellavista. Along the way you will encounter the Yabar river, with its sites for nature lovers to admire pink dolphins, black caimans, and the Victoria Regia lily.

The Amacayacu river offers another great exploration opportunity. The Amacayacu national park is perfect for becoming acquainted with the palafitte dwellings of the Indians, biological stations, river paths for excursions in search of caimans, and virgin islands where, once more, the Victoria Regia abounds.

Several paths through the Amazonas jungle lead to Indian settlements. Palmeras, a Tikuna Indian community is small and rarely visited. San Martn de Amacayac is bigger, but entails a two-hour hike along a path that borders the Amazon river. This hike is perfect for sighting armadillos, borugo rodents, squirrels, hawks, and possibly, the footprints of a tiger.

In San Martin visitors can participate in basketry, weaving, and wood carving activities in the workshops where the products are manufactured. Another recommended stop is Puerto Nario, the second municipality of the department, to enjoy Amazonian cuisine, which is based on piraruc, gamitana and tucunare fish and served with cakes made with cassava flour. From Puerto Narino, visits can be organized to the Tarapoto lakes, a network of dark waters where one can swim with pink and gray dolphins.

Back in Leticia, you should visit the zoo, where you will be able to see a manatee, a harpy eagle, two tigers, an anaconda, and several friar monkeys. The Brazilian village of Tabatinga, at the border between Colombia and Brazil, is worth a visit. The beautiful obelisk that signals the border is interesting. And the purchase of typical products and the shows by Brazilian garotas are worthwhile.

The Colombian Amazon jungle is a traditional destination for scientists interested in learning from Indian shamans the secrets of talking with nature. The world normally sees the Amazonas Jungle as a reserve of oxygen, but it is much more than that: it is home to a very special people and a living laboratory of plant and animal life.


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