The Amazon rainforest is home for one of every two living species on the planet. The meaning of biodiversity and the dynamics of the rainforest will be approached through the senses. Paddling in a canoe at dusk or waking into the forest at night will allow you to listen to the sounds of life, while its aromas and tastes can be experienced through its unique fruits, beverages and refined gastronomy. Every day the forest and the river bring the most unexpected experiences: Birds and monkeys, frogs, butterflies and the most surprising insects, flowers and plants. You will be invited to appreciate the endless and amazing natural design: the colours, forms and patterns of biodiversity. And at the end of the day, a wonderful sunset over the mighty Amazon River. This tour visits the Amazon at the juncture of three countries - Colombia - Peru and Brazil.
The Calanoa Natural Reserve, were we will be based, is at the very heart of the Amazon forest and its surroundings are an endless source of marvel. It is located by the banks of of the Amazon river, 60 km. upriver from the Colombia city of Leticia and besides the Amacayacu National Park. The Calanoa Project is a conservation venture that aims to develop a model of sustainable living for the humid tropics, integrating science, art and design with community development.
We will travel upriver to reach the Marasha Natural Reserve, Peru, where we can see the spectacular panoramic view of the three border cities of Colombia, Brazil, and Peru. Shaman William of the Witoto Community will give us a lecture about the Witoto Culture. We will visit the Tanimboca Natural Reserve. We will wake up early in the morning to do some birdwatching, kayaking tour in traditional canoes around natural landscapes that form the Marasha Lake; a canopy activity, climbing to tall trees with high mountain equipment and artisanal fishing activity, involving piranhas and other species, we will enjoy the Peruvian-Amazonic gastronomy. At night, we will paddle in canoes again to observe the natural fauna of the night, we could see alligators. We will visit the Ticuna and Mocawa Communities and walk around their indigenous housings, “Malocas”, and crops. We will hike through Maikuchiga to finally get to 'The House of the Monkeys'. By identifying jungle landscapes, we will see species used in ethnobotany. We will visit the San Martín de Amacayacu Community; we will walk in the night through the Continental jungle, and through the Moon Trail among Luminescent Mushrooms in The Dark, and hike looking for the Victoria Regia, the world's largest lotus flower. We will visit the Natutama Foundation, walk through a medicinal path, and recognize the 'Chagra', a model of low-impact itinerant agriculture, a unit of medicinal fruit and plant cultivation. We will attend a workshop on vegetable fabrics and natural ink. We will Dance with the Grand-Parents with songs in their mother language and enjoy a scenic tour along the Loretoyacú River and the Lakes of Tarapoto, where we could see gray and pink dolphins. We will visit workshops or artisan galleries. Tour to Leticia, where we will visit places of interest. City Tour to Tabatinga, Brazil. We finish this true Amazon adventure before returning to Bogotá to experience the Capital City culture and tour visiting the main tourist attractions.
2020 Departure Dates & Costs
Daily departures based on 2 persons from August to April
Cost: $2,430 USD p/p based on twin share for a group of 4
Cost: $2,715 p/p based on twin share for a group of 2
Domestic air Bogota/Leticia/Bogota additional approx. $ 150
ITINERARY (9 days/8 nights)
Day 1: Arrive Bogotá
Arrival transfer and overnight.
Day 2: Travel day Bogotá-Leticia (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to El Dorado Airport to take a short domestic flight (approx. 1h45) to Leticia, arriving at the Alfredo Vázquez Cobo Airport. Meeting with the local guide and departure for the Witoto Community (7km/4.35m). We will begin our adventure with a hike through indigenous trails between the jungle of ‘Tierra Firme‘ watching the fauna and flora of the area. During the tour, we will know some species of ethnobotany use. We will visit indigenous Witoto´ traditional crops, where we will learn about crop species such as coca, plantains, and yucca brava (toxic cassava). After this pleasant and interesting experience, we will arrive at the Malocas of Shaman William, a Witoto Indigenous. Recognition of plant species such as Yage, Coca, and Tobacco; their form of extraction, and preparation in the Witoto culture. Then, Shaman William will give us a lecture about the Witoto Culture on topics like “The Maloca as a household and cultural space”, “Coca as the power of the word”, “Yage as the power and the shamanic force”. Departure to the Tanimboca Natural Reserve to have dinner there. Night walk into the Jungle on ‘Tierra Firme‘, sighting of nocturnal fauna and Luminescent Mushrooms in The Dark “Walking through The Moon Way”, and “The Infinite Sounds of The Jungle at Night”. Accommodation in the reserve.
Consider adding a day and night in Bogotá
Day 3: San Pedro / Lotus Flower Nature Reserve (B,L,D)
Morning: breakfast.Breakfast early in the morning. Departure to the Community of San Pedro and Lotus Flower Nature Reserve. In the morning we will go on an excursion into the Jungle by foot. During our journey, we will recognize species of ethno-botany use, knowing the dynamics of the jungle. We will cross the Leticia way, to Tarapacá, to continue our journey through the jungle to the Ticuna Indigenous Community of San Pedro (3hrs approx.) We will know about the Ticuna´s activities, products derived from their crops, we will do a brief cultural exchange with the inhabitants of the community. We will sail, slow motor, in artisanal boats of the natives by aquatic trails of the Waterfall Yahuarcaca with destination to the Lotus Flower Nature Reserve in the Yahuarcaca Lakes. Check-in and lunch in the Lotus Flower Nature Reserve. After a rest in hammocks, we will do canoeing activity and interpretation of landscapes of the flooded jungle. Optional bathing activity in the Yahuarcaca Lakes. Return to the Lotus Flower Nature Reserve and Dinner. Departure by craft boat for nocturnal fauna sighting. Accommodation in cabins with beds and mosquito nets.
Day 4: Calanoa Nature Reserve (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Transfer to the Calanoa Natural Reserve: In the morning, we will hike through the reserve to the Matamata Ravine, bordering the Amacayacu Natural Park, where, if the water level allows it, a canoe will pick us up to return to Calanoa. In the afternoon, in El Vergel Indigenous Community, we will have a meeting with a group of children who are recovering the traditional Ticunas dances and songs. We will enjoy a delicious dinner and accommodation in the cabins of the Reserve.
Day 5: Calanoa Nature Reserce (Mocagua Indigenous Community) (B,L,D
Breakfast. In the morning, we will visit Mocagua, an indigenous community painted with murals, part of a community art project promoted by the region's community. In the afternoon, we will depart by boat to the Peruvian margin to appreciate the sunset from the river with the possibility of seeing pink dolphins. Dinner and accommodation in the cabins of the reserve.
Day 6: Maikuchiga Foundation / House of the Monkeys (B,L,D)
Breakfast in the reserve. We will visit Maikuchiga Foundation and Puerto Nariño to continue then on an hour-trip in a boat on the Amazon river to the Indigenous Mocagua Community located near the Amacayacu Park. We will get to the House of the Maikuchiga Monkeys, where we will contact and interact with some of the species in recovering such as: Boqui Blancos, Churucos, Frailes, Maiceros or Capuchins; species that are part of the first stage of retraining to the natural environment. It is important to note that this visit to the House of the Maikuchiga Monkeys during the high-water season, is only possible in canoes. We will be part of a lecture about this process of recovery of monkeys, their behavior, ecological function, stages for the return to the natural environment, the participation of the Mocagua community in this process, and the benefits for the community. We will head to Puerto Nariño for a tour around the municipality and enjoy a typical lunch. We will continue our tour to Tarapoto Lakes or El Correo, with possibilities to see Pink Dolphins. Return to Puerto Nariño - Waira Selva House.
Day 7: Travel to Leticia (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel to head to Puerto Nariño. Experience the dances of the local culture. Painting workshop in Chanchama with natural dye and Ticuna culture stories. Tour along the path of medicinal plants, recognition of botanical species used in traditional medicine. Archery and blowgun activity. Lunch. Departure by speedboat with destination to Leticia. Walking and hiking through Leticia, to visit the Ethnographic Museum of the Amazonian Man in the Bank of the Republic Library, the artisan galleries and the naturist house. Visit to Santander Park, Parrots Park or ‘Parques de Los Loros‘, to observe the arrival of thousands of white-winged parrots that spend the night in Leticia. Accommodation at the Anaconda Hotel.
Day 8: Leticia-Bogotá (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, take a Leticia and Tabatinga, Brazil City Tour by taxi (2 hours approx.) Visit to the Leticia market, the border of Tabatinga, Brazil and Leticia, Transfer to the Leticia airport 1 hour before the flight. Arrival to El Dorado International Airport, transfer to the hotel, and check-in. Dinner and accommodation. Overnight Grand Hyatt or similar
Day 9: Bogotá departure (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Extensions are available to other areas in Colombia.