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Leticia

Welcome to the last outpost of Colombia, on the far southeastern corner of the country. Leticia forms part of the triple frontier, along with Tabatinga, Brazil, and Santa Rosa, Peru. Twenty-five kilometers (15 mi) downstream is Benjamin Constant, a major Brazilian port on the river and an alternative point for taking a boat on the Amazon to Manaus. Leticia is where some travelers first step foot in Colombia. Others say their last goodbye here before taking a boat upstream to Iquitos, Peru, or downstream to Brazil.

Although it is the most developed of the three border cities, Leticia is still a small town. Everything is within walking distance. Parque Santander is the hub of social life. During dawn and dusk, the trees are a riot of pericos (small green parrots). In this park, the Victoria Regia Amazonica pool has the largest water lilies in the world. Nearby are two wonderful sculptures: Alegoria Cómica del Amazona by Aida Orrego and one of leaping pink dolphins. Upon arriving in Leticia, you have to pay an entry tax of $9 and show your international yellow fever vaccination certificate.

(Altitude: 95 meters / 312 feet, Population: 37,000, City Code: 8)

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Other places nearby Leticia : Mocoa, Florencia, Puerto Nari√Īo, Sibundoy , Puerto L√≥pez and Villavicencio .







By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

30 Aug 2011

VIVA Colombia

Best Restaurants in Leticia

Restaurante Sancho Panza

Restaurante Sancho Panza, a favorite eatery for villagers of more modest means, is located on Leticia’s main drag. The front veranda has a few tables and inside this faded red wood building is a ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Restaurante El Sabor

Restaurante El Sabor is one of the old standbys for visitors to Leticia, and for locals, too. It offers foods straight off the BBQ grill. Pull up a table on the palm-thatch patio in front or in the ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Restaurante Tropical

The décor of Restaurante Tropical is just as delightful as the food it serves. Jungle kitsch abounds amongst the plants and aquariums. The jaguar with the safari helmet is a kick. The tables out on ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Cozinha Fazenda

Cozinha da Fazenda is a truly international restaurant here at the triple border. It has a Portuguese name in Spanish-speaking Leticia and a menu that offers French toast and pancakes for breakfast ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Mimo’s

Mimo’s is the place to go for any kind of ice cream treat, from simple soft-serve cones ($1.50-3.25) to gourmet sundaes ($2.25-4.25). There are even special creations for the kids, like the snowman ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Tierras Amazónicas

The menu at Tragadero y Beberdero Tierras Amazónicas is a plank of wood, befitting for this old jungle space. Its full bar offers such regional drinks as caipirinha cocktails ($2.65) and chuchuwasa ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Things to See and Do

Isla de los Micos

123276Isla de los Micos (Island of the Monkeys) is a standard stop on tours of the Amazon. Thirty-five kilometers (21 mi) upstream from Leticia, this 450-hectare (1,112 ac) island is home to our distant ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu

123326Located 60 kilometers (36 mi) upstream from Leticia, Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu is one of the most easily (and safely) accessible jungle national parks. Its 293,500 hectares (725,254 ac) on ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Serpentario Armero-Guayabal

Slinking through the dense underbrush, coiling around the boughs of trees, slithering through the rivers’ roots are creatures whose eyes are watching you explore the Amazon. Some are venomous, ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Reserva Tanimboca

Dosel is the term used for the highest part of the tree canopy, usually about 35-40 meters (115-130 ft) up. Climb to those heights at Reserva Tanimboca and explore an 80-meter (300-ft) trail from ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Parque Temático Mundo Amazónico

142993A ONE-STOP SITE IN THE AMAZON Amazonia World Theme Park offers you the opportunity to observe all the things you expect to see in the jungle in a safe and controlled environment for all family ...
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Leticia , Colombia

Fundación Maikuchiga

This foundation works with the indigenous communities of Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu to reduce the hunting of and trafficking of Amazonian wildlife. Committed to the conservation of the ...
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Leticia , Colombia
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