Leticia

Leticia is a city in the Amazonas department of Colombia. It is part of a contiguous settlement that includes Tabatinga in Brazil. On a nearby island in the river is Santa Rosa, which is part of Peru.

Port of Leticia in dry season
Port of Leticia in wet season

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Leticia is a small town of approximately 37,000 inhabitants on the north bank of the Amazon River. It is the capital of the state of Amazonas, Colombia’s southernmost town (4.09° south 69.57° west), and its only major port on the river. It has an elevation of 96 meters above the sea-level and an average temperature of 27 °C (80.6°F).

As the largest town and the only one with a hospital, secondary schools, an airport, 24/7 electricity (blackouts occur but do not last long) and telephone/internet facilities (very slow!) it serves as the main hub for the whole area.

Regulations require a yellow fever vaccination for entering the area and most neighboring countries may demand one from people coming from that area. Though not everyone is checked, having the proof of vaccination is not only good for stress- and bribe-free travels but actually recommended for health reasons. Vaccination must be done at least 10 days before entering the area; in Colombia it is free for people who travel to high risk areas like Leticia (only WHO-approved places may do this, search the internet for “vacuna fiebre amarilla” and the name of the city you are in for places).

Many people arrive at Leticia and continue to one of the Jungle lodges in the area, where they stay several days. It’s also quite possible to do explore the Amazon with day tours (Section “Do”).

You can only get into this spectacular, tropical and adventurous town from Colombia by plane or boat.

Movement between all three countries’ border towns is unrestricted; but of course, make sure you’re stamped into the correct country if leaving the border area. Try to minimize the number of times you go through immigration: i.e. if entering the region from one country and leaving from another, just get one exit and one entry stamp – even if you visit all three towns in this area. Anything more seems to annoy the immigration officers.

There’s a Colombian immigration office at the airport, so if you’re flying in and moving on to a different country you may as well get an exit stamp when you land. Don’t wait several days between getting your exit stamp and the next entry stamp; however leaving it one day doesn’t cause any problems.

As of 2017, there is another immigration office in the port, as you get off the boat from Santa Rosa.

The Brazilian immigration office is at Tabatinga‘s main avenue, Avenida da Amizade, next to the national police’ station. The Peruvian immigration office in Santa Rosa is fairly central and easy to find, just ask someone (roughly: From the boats, follow the path into town, turn right on the main street, after about 100 m it is a building on your left.)

  • -4.193333-69.9430561 Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport (LET  IATA). The only place connected to Leticia by a commercial airline is Bogota. There are two daily flights with Avianca (arriving 2:11PM, departing 2:41PM) and LATAM (11:39AM/12:25PM). VivaColombia is planning to serve the route from October 2016 (12:20PM/12:50PM).On arrival to Leticia, non-Colombian citizens are directed to a different entry door to the airport, and the police will ask them for name, nationality and signature. In addition, non-Colombian tourist have to pay an entrance fee (Impuesto al turismo). None of the officials may be able to speak English. Entrance fee was COP$21,000 in August 2016 and it’s valid for one year.  

Taxis to the city center are COP$6,000-8,000.

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