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5 Day River Canoeing, Nature Exploration, and Authentic Wildlife Tour in Amazonas, Colombia

Amazonas, Colombia

Dolphin Spotting and Wildlife Tour in Colombia

Come to Colombia and join a nature exploration like you've never experienced before. You will be taken to an indigenous community to see their traditional house, architecture, and learn their way of life. Then, get ready to stay in a platform high among the stars! The trip also takes you to a river sailing trip where you observe animal life in the surrounding, or try your luck at spotting the pink river dolphins.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Minimum or maximum group size: no minimum / maximum number of participants
  • Children policy: children are allowed to join the program at parents' discretion
  • Starting point and ending point: Leticia
  • Languages: Guides speak Spanish and indigenous languages. If the group needs a guide who speaks English, Selvaventura will send a translator. In exceptional cases, it is possible to send a bilingual guide.
  • Park fee is included

Highlights

  • Observe birds, plants, and pink river dolphins
  • Nature walks and river canoeing to observe wildlife in the surrounding
  • Stay with an indigenous community and learn about their culture
  • Unique canopying experience 30 meters above the ground
  • Daily meals, snacks included
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in campsites, maloka, and jungle canopy as outlined in the itinerary.

Program

Day 1: Malokas of Takana

Enjoy a land transfer to the kilometer 14 over the Leticia-Tarapacá road. Afterward, trekking to the Maloka (one hour approximately), admire secondary jungles, fauna and flora observation. Then, have an informal visit to authentic Malokas Huitoto and Yukuna and observe native architecture. Lunch at the Maloka, where you can get a chance to try traditional food.

Then, enjoy a bath at Takana River. Exploration of the area: traditional crops (chagras or local orchards), cultural exchange - rituals briefing (coca and tobacco), local customs, and usages. Lastly, dinner and accommodation at the Maloka with mosquito-netted hammocks.

  • Emphasis: Culture and tradition
  • Level of adventure: Intense (3 out of 4)
  • Accommodation: Hammocks with mosquito net into the maloka. Sleeping bag not necessary. Outdoor bathrooms type latrine, no showers, you can take a bath in Takana River.

Day 2: Jungle campsite

Breakfast at the Maloka, then go trekking through the less-intervened jungle (four hours approximately). Enjoy a small snack midway and lunch on arrival to the chosen camping site. Set up of the mosquito-netted hammocks, followed by area reconnaissance and jungle exploration for endemic fauna and flora. There's an option for a night trekking. Dinner and rest at the campsite.

  • Emphasis: Nature and surviving
  • Level of adventure: Extreme (4 out of 4)
  • Accommodation: Hammocks with mosquito net and a tarp for the campsite. Sleeping bag not necessary. No bathrooms, no showers, can take a bath in Takana River.

Day 3: Aerial Campsite / Canopying

Early breakfast at the campsite and walk out to the road (three hours), arriving at Agape Natural Reserve in kilometer 10. A craft workshop is optional. You can have lunch and go swimming in a small stream nearby (La Arenosa) depending on the level of the waters. Then, rest on your hammock.

Take a short walk to the canopy tree (15 minutes), climbing to the 30 meters high dosel platform using single rope and security harness. Birds observation during sundown, and admire nearby epiphytic plants. Light dinner and rest in the aerial campsite on top of the tree.

In case of strong rain or storm, you will climb down and return to Agape Natural Reserve. In this case, you will stay in a rustic wooden infrastructure, multiple lodging, beds with mosquito nets, shared out-of-room toilets.

  • Emphasis: Nature and adventure
  • Level of adventure: extreme (4 out of 4)
  • Accommodation: Thin mattress and a huge mosquito net over the platform on top of the tree. Might need a sleeping bag, the staff can provide blankets. No bathrooms, no showers at the platform. Can take a bath at the reserve next to the area where the tree is located.

Day 4: Amazon River / Zacambú Javarí River

Enjoy the sunrise on top of the tree, then climb down and return to Agape Natural Reserve and have breakfast. In high waters season (July to November), it is possible to do jungle trekking (1 hour approximately) up to the San Pedro Tikuna community and kayak sailing along the Yahuarcaca stream and lakes (4 hours approximately).

In low waters season (December to June), there's a softer option: walk back to the road, transfer to Cholita Port, then kayak paddling (except in very low waters season) down the Yahuarcaca stream and lakes.

Arrival at Parador Flor de Loto (Lotus Flower) to see the Victoria Regia, the biggest lotus in the world, followed by lunch. Accommodation is in a private boat.

Sail down the Amazon River heading to Perú in high waters season, sailing through the flooded jungle while observing bird life and other endemic fauna like monkeys, lizards, and sloths. From here, you have two different options.

The first option will be visiting the Zacambú Lakes, over the Javari River, the natural border between Perú and Brasil. Arrive at the house of a Peruvian-Brazilian family, a rustic wooden hostel with native architecture. During the afternoon, you can observe pink dolphins, go canoeing, or beach strolling during low waters season. Dinner with regional food. Night safari for caymans observation. Rest.

The second option will be visiting the Peruvian side of the jungle, sailing to the Kurupira Lake, over the Amazon River. Arrival at Magüta homestay, located in Tikuna’s indigenous territory, a rustic wooden house with native architecture.

During the afternoon, you can observe pink dolphins or go canoeing. Dinner with regional food. Night safari for caymans observation. Rest.

  • Emphasis: Nature and exploration
  • Level of adventure: Balanced (2 out of 4)
  • Accommodation: Hammocks with mosquito net. Sleeping bag not necessary. Shared bathroom, no showers, only baths with fresh water and a bucket.

Day 5: Way back to Leticia

Breakfast at the homestay. Accommodation in private boat, sailing up the Amazon River. Time for a bath and swimming and doing some more activities depending on time availability and flight schedules for people flying this same day. In case of passengers not having flying connections, the river activities can be extended, including time for lunch and calculating arrival to Leticia at 5:00 p.m.

  • Emphasis: Nature and exploration
  • Level of adventure: Low (1 out of 4)

Note

Some of the experiences outlined here in the Authentic Amazon Rainforest tour can be done as a half day and all of them can be done as a full day. In any of these two cases, the way back to Leticia would be at the end of the journey. There is also the choice to do these activities staying one night in the jungle.

Tell Selvaventura what’s the experience you really want to live in Amazonas to arrange the best tour according to your expectations. Selvaventura is the advisors in the region.

There is no electricity in many of the places visited during the tour. This will be an ideal moment to have a connection with yourself.

Location

This wildlife tour takes place in Amazonas, Colombia.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Reception and farewell at the airport
  • Land and fluvial transports
  • All the meals and daily snacks: food of the region, mainly fish and fruit. Selvaventura respects vegetarian habits or food restrictions
  • Permanent accompaniment of a guide: bilingual or with a translation according to availability
  • insurance for medical assistance
  • Entries, visits, and activities planned
  • 4 nights accommodation according to the conditions stipulated in the tour

What's not included

  • Mandatory payment for tourist tax, the cost is 32,000 COP per person to be paid upon arrival at Leticia Airport
  • Gratuities
  • Taxes
  • Other services not mentioned

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport Airport transfer included: Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 8 days before arrival.
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