Amazon Rain Forest (Leticia)
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Amazon Rain Forest (Leticia)

The Colombian Amazon forms part of the largest eco-system on the planet, the Amazon basin covering about 8,235,430 km2 with dense tropical forest, and home to more than one third of the world's species. The Amazon is the greatest river in the world by so many measures; the volume of water it carries to the sea, the area of land that drains into it, and its length and width. It springs from the Peruvian Andes, north of Arequipa and receives water from hundreds of rivers to end its course in the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil. It is one of those places that stay forever imprinted in our memory, not only for the aboriginal people that inhabit it and the sheer size of the river, but also for the life it spawns and nurtures on land and water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leticia, a hospitable and comfortable city, is on one on of the river banks of the Amazon River, on an imaginary line that divides the Amazon within three countries: Colombia, Brazil and Peru. It is surrounded by paths that lead to fascinating places in the Amazonas jungle, serving as a base for jungle trips or for further Amazonian adventures, as it is linked downriver to Manaus (Brazil) and upriver to Iquitos (Peru).

The Amazon has two very distinct seasons: the rainy season extends from February to April; the waters reach their highest point from February to early June, and it´s the best time for activities such as bird watching, piranha fishing and to see the Victoria Regia - an enormous water lily with very large leaves and white and pink flowers that float on the water's surface and can reach up to two meters in diameter. July and August are the drier months; the river reaches its lowest level from August to November when numerous beaches form on the riverbanks where the turtles lay their eggs.

During your visit you may have the opportunity of seeing many wild animals: pink dolphins, black caimans, armadillos, tapirs, manatees, squirrels, nutrias, jabuti turtles- the world’s largest fresh water turtle-, as well as numerous bird species, including macaws and toucans.

Numerous indigenous communities live in the area, including the Huitotos, Yaguas and Ticunas who preserve their culture and traditions, passing their knowledge of the use of medicinal and sacred plants, ceremonies and jungle survival skills from generation to generation.

Activities :

Canopy, trekking, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, visiting Indian communities, pink dolphin observation, night jungle walks, fishing (piranhas), caiman spotting, among others.

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Amaterra tours featuring the Amazon rainforest :

- Amazon, Andes and Caribbean