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: $2,650 p/p based on twin share
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: Marasha Nature Reserve (B,L,D)
Breakfast. In the morning, we will do optional activities of fishing, canoeing, or body art with a temporary natural dye. Lunch at the Lotus Flower Nature Reserve. Departure by speedboat, we sail the Amazon River upstream to the Marasha Nature Reserve community. During the tour on the imposing river (30mins), we will appreciate the Amazon rainforest and the riverside villages of indigenous and settlers like Tabatinga, Brazil, and Santa Rosa, Perú. Arrival to the Reserve and a hike through natural trails of rainforest landscapes. During our tour, we will recognize the Flora and Fauna species of the Varzea Forest of the banks of the Amazon River. Reception, accommodation, and dinner at our rustic lodge in Marasha Reserve. Night canoeing out over Marasha Lake for black alligator’s observation, a safari full of experience and knowledge of the jungle on its moonlit nights.
Day 5: Marasha Nature Reserve (B,L,D)
Wake up at 5:00 a.m. for birdwatching in a Canoeing Tour on the Marasha Lake. Breakfast at 7:30 am followed by hiking through jungle trails. Fauna and flora sighting of the floodable forest area; during the tour we will recognize species of ethno-botany use, knowing the dynamics of this ecosystem. Encounter with the ‘Grand-Father Tree‘, an imposing Ceiba tree of more than 400 years. Then enjoy an optional canopy activity, climbing to tall trees with high mountain equipment. Lunch at the Reserve, enjoying Peruvian-Amazonic gastronomy. Artisanal fishing activity, capture of piranhas and other species. Kayaking tour in traditional canoes having a fascinating view of natural landscapes that form the Marasha Lake. We will search for the Hoazín, a primitive bird species that inhabit the shores of the lake. Dinner at the Reserve. Hiking for nocturnal wildlife observation, ”Caimanada” Night Safari, alligators. Accommodation.
Day 6: Amacayacu National Park (B,L,D)
Departure by speedboat, we will sail the Amazon River upstream to the Mocagua Community. (Ticuna Indigenous Reserve, residents of the Amacayacu National Nature Park).During our tour, we will have a spectacular panoramic view of the imposing Amazon River and appreciate the Amazon rainforest and the villages of Ticunas and Yaguas indigenous people (Peru and Colombia). Arrival to the community of Mocagua, welcome by the residents of the community. On our visit to the community, we will take a tour around the Malocas and crops; we will visit the lake of the community and appreciate the Victory Regia, the world's largest lotus. Then, we will begin the hiking and trekking along the Maikuchiga Path to the House of the Monkeys (Path of Jungle of Solid and Flooded Land). Instruction and identification of New World Primate Species, distribution, and ecology. Arrival at the Maikuchiga House of the Monkeys/“Casa De Los Micos”, contact and interaction with some of the species of monkeys in recovery, such as White Mouth (BoquiBlancos), Churucos, Friars, Maiceros or Capuchins, species that are part of the first stage of re-adaptation to the natural environment. Lecture on the process of the monkeys’ recovery, behavior, ecological function, stages for the repayment to the natural environment, participation of the community of Mocagua, benefits for the community. Return to the community (the visit to the House of the Monkeys Maikuchiga during the high water season is only possible in canoes). Lunch in the Mocagua community reserve. Departure to Puerto Nariño (approx. 2 hours) for accommodation. Visit to Puerto Nariño, the Natural Manger of Colombia, and tour around the town. Visit to the Natutama Foundation, talk about dolphins and other Amazonian mammals. Visit to Naipata viewpoint from where we will have a spectacular panoramic view of Puerto Nariño and the Amazon River.
Note: Plans may change according with climate or river conditions.
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 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.
Day 9: Bogotá departure (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Extensions are available to other areas in Colombia.