Mundo Amazoncio is a ecological park located right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. It is a nature reserve that houses one of the largest collection of Amazonian plants in Colombia. It was awesome for multiple reasons.
1. There are four different tours, a uses of plants tour, a cultural tour, a sustainable products tours, and an aquarium.
2. The guides are interesting and friendly, plus they have an English speaking guide. However, the best guides are actually people from tribes in the rainforest that the park has hired.
3. The park really cares about the rainforest. They work with schools on recycling projects, are trying to help the indigenous tribes create there own resources, and really want to education people on how they can help the rainforest.
Each route is only about 5 US dollars, 10 thousand Colombian pesos. I thought this was extremely cheap for the amount of things I learned. As a student who wants to study chemistry, the place was fantastic. They tell you all about the indigenous uses for the plants, let you use a bow and arrow and dart gun, and you can even get lunch there, which was amazing. I highly recommend you stop by if you are in Leticia.
Leticia is easy to get around and it is a very calm and safe city. Leticia is really a good place to study Spanish.
I studied Spanish at a Spanish Language School, The Amazon Spanish College, and had a great time in Leticia. Leticia is really a good place to study Spanish. I spent 2 months studying and I highly recommend it. Here’s why.
First, the teachers are great and have a lot of experience. Secondly, the staff is very helpful and finds your volunteer choice as you want it. I worked as an English teacher in a nearby school. This was very rewarding. All courses include social and cultural activities 5 h a week, but we had a lot more than that, we met many local people in Leticia and visited almost everything. The excursions to the jungle and the Amazon river that are arranged by the school where amazing. I met many nice students from the US, Canada, UK and Sweden and Denmark.
The only aspect of the school I can’t talk about from direct experience is the homestay as I chose to stay in a bungalow at the college. But, it seemed that others students at the school who stayed with local families did have a good experience. If you like nature, want to learn Spanish and have a nice time, check out the option of studying here when you visit Leticia. It’s a very good way to get in touch with locals and really get to know the place a little bit more. The social and cultural activities are included in the course so you get good value for the money.
Aero Republica is just about your only option from Bogota, with flights on Sundat, Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week. Since they are the only game in town don't be supprised if they are not exactly on schedule. Confirm, and bring a book to the airport.
leticia - iquitos
there are big cargo boats, trevelling up and down the amazon rivier, almost evry day, but nobody exept the captain knows when, so be pation, don't worry, everything settles down, its cheap, arround 15 $ with 3 meals per day, u sleep in ur own hamaca, and it's really an intersting experience - i'll write more in my iquitos page
There are so few roads around Leticia that you almost never travel by land. Our accommodations were in a small farm 11 kilometres away from the city and to get into the city we usually got the “colectivo” – an old Volkswagen van – that was cheap and was available every 30 minutes. It was cheap and nice to make that little voyage. There were two “colectivos”: one between the city and the “kilometro 11” and another between the city and the “kilometro 20”. Once, we lost the colectivo and we hitch hiked a small coca-cola truck that was funny :)
Many people in the Amazonas region, mainly people from small villages and from the forest, believes that, when someone takes them a photo, they steal their soul or a bit of their soul. As a method of respect for their culture, ask people before taking fotos from them if you feel they become bothered with that.
bring head lamp, water proof camera and closed walking shoes that can dry easily
(not hiking or running shoes). long sleeve pants and tops - ´because of the
rainfall and humidity it is hard to dry things so bring enough clothes to last
you your trip but not too many
I would recommend to reserve one outfit for when you are not doing anything so
you have clean dry clothes and alternate your trekking/activity clothing.
lodges typically provide you with towel and soap so don´t bother bringing
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: many lodges provide organic shampoo and soap -- if they're really serious about being environmentally friendly they won't let you use your own
Photo Equipment: I would recommend getting a waterproof camera especially if you want to do water activities and take pictures. I had my SLR but kept it locked in my cabin most of the time because of the high humidity