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Puerto Nariño

At the confluence of Río Loretoyacü into the Amazon 75 kilometers (45 miles) west of Leticia is Puerto Nariño, the Pesebre del Amazonas, or the Cradle of the Amazon. This small hamlet surrounded by jungle a tranquil place to hang your hat for a few days. Its bio and ethnic diversity give ample opportunity for exploration, from walking trails, to canoeing on the slow Loretoyacü to Lago Tarapoto in search of the mystical pink dolphin. It is part of the Ticoya indigenous reserve of the Tikuna, Cocoma and Yagua peoples, who make up 90% of the town’s population.

 

Puerto Nariño is on the itinerary of tours going to Lago Tarapoto and is increasingly popular amongst backpackers. It is quieter and less expensive than Leticia. The town begins with a flat, narrow plain from the waterfront. The land then begins to rise like a many-tiered cake. No cars wend the streets of Puerto Nariño. Well, in truth, there are no streets, just a well-laid out, well-signed grid of sidewalks. Puerto Nariño is a national model of an ecological village, with a recycling and organic waste management programs, and development of eco-ethno-tourism.

 

(Altitude: 110 meters / 361 feet, Population: 2000, City Code: 8)

 

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Other places nearby Puerto Nariño: Puerto López, Leticia , Villavicencio , Sibundoy , Florencia and Mocoa.







By Lorraine Caputo

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

18 May 2009

VIVA Colombia

Things to do in Puerto Nariño

Senderos and Miradores

123340A network of trails and lookout towers help visitors appreciate the natural beauty of this region. The journey to any of these attractions begins on Carrera 6, where signs begin to point you in the ...
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Puerto Nariño, Colombia

Lago Tarapota

123341The Río Loretoyacü bulges a bit to one side, creating Lago Tarapoto, a beautiful lake surrounded by jungle and speckled with mangrove islands. Along its shores are isolated indigenous hamlets ...
Other Activity
Puerto Nariño, Colombia

Indigenous Villages

123342Several indigenous villages are accessible by path or by boat from Puero Nariño. Sendero Interpretativo Puerto Nariño San Martín leads to the Tikuna hamlet of San Martín, not too far from Parque ...
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Puerto Nariño, Colombia

Museums of Puerto Nariño

While in Puerto Nariño, be sure to drop into one or more these interesting museums:Casa Museo Etnocultural Ya Ipata Ünchi—Ya Ipata Ünchi (Casa of the Monkeys) has exhibits displaying the ...
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