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Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu - Other Activity Leticia - Colombia

Located 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 the banks of the Amazon and Amacayacu Rivers is home to more than 150 species of mammals, including pink and gray dolphins, danta, jaguar, manatee, nutria and the tit铆 leoncita (the smallest primate in the world). This place is also a reptilian haven full of crocodiles, anacondas and boas. Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu has one of the most diverse populations of birds, housing almost 500 species, making this a must-stop for birdwatchers. Amacayacu is one of the most virgin tropical forests, with thousands of species of plants and trees. You can explore the park by canoe up its many waterways or on foot along marked trails, or undertake the six-day hike from one extreme of the park to the other accompanied by a specialist guide.


60 kilometers (36 mi) upstream from Leticia

Leticia , Colombia

Other Activity

Getting There

Buy your ticket to Amacayacu from the national park office in Leticia. You can contact a tour agency in Leticia or Decameron Explorer at Hotel Decameron Ticuna (Cra 11, 6-11, Leticia. Tel: 592-6600) for making plans to go to the park, or take a public launch (see Getting To and Away from Leticia for details).

Travel Tips: The concessions (hotels, restaurants, tours) have been privatized; Decameron now administers everything. Lodging has improved, but prices have risen steeply. This is the only lodging option within the park. For shared accommodation, prices are $46-55, and for a maloka cabin, prices range $120-145 for a single and $70-85 for a double. Prices are per person, and include breakfast and dinner, but not boat transportation.

A cheaper alternative is to stay in a neighboring Resguarda Ind铆gena (indigenous village), like Mocagua. If you choose to do this, request to speak with the curaca, or head of the village, upon arriving to ask permission to stay. Lodging in these hamlets costs approximately $6 per person. Students and professionals of biological sciences/ecology and individuals with national park experience can apply at the national park office in Leticia to be a volunteer.

Price Description:

$7.50 nationals, $20 foreigners, $4 children under 12

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:Day trip: Daily 7 a.m.

Open Hours to:Day trip: Daily 6 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

There are tons of mosquitoes, so insect repellent is definitely necessary. Also take sun block, water, snack; wear light weight, light-colored clothing, good walking shoes and hat.

Museo del Hombre Amaz贸nico, Serpentario Armero-Guayabal and Amazoonas, Reserva Tanimboca, the Kilometer villages and indigenous settlements along the river, Tabatinga, Isla de Micos, trips into the jungle and on the river, Puerto Nari帽o, Lago Tarapota and the pink dolphins.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

Here are other activities in and around Leticia that may be of interest: Fundaci贸n Maikuchiga, Isla de los Micos, Parque Tem谩tico Mundo Amaz贸nico, Serpentario Armero-Guayabal and Reserva Tanimboca.

30 Aug 2011

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