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It is my sincerest desire that these photos of the Amazon (Amazonas, if you want to get technical) will inspire you to visit. Lush vegetation, incredible wildlife, and friendly locals make Amazonas one of my fave places to visit. You can even eat for really cheap—I ate like a queen there!
I’ve been to my fair share of remote places in the world, but the Amazon takes the cake. To get to Leticia, you have to either take a plane or a boat to get there. It’s in Colombia, and also borders Peru and Brazil. I didn’t have any cell reception whatsoever, and you’re lucky if you can find a restaurant with wifi that closely resembles dial-up internet.
You can schedule many different tours during your stay. These tours include excursions like piranha fishing, pink dolphin spotting, Monkey Island, indigenous villages, and rainforest hikes. You’ll want to book these at least a couple of days in advance unless you’ve got a large group or are okay paying a premium to go solo.
Money in the Amazon
It’s best to find an ATM and take out Colombian Pesos instead of going to a cash exchange. You’ll get much better conversion rates this way. Currency exchanges will take your US dollars, and possibly other foreign currency. However, because it’s so remote there, your USD needs to be pristine. This means absolutely no marks, wear, or tear whatsoever, which rules out most US currency.
Food in the Amazon
My favorite restaurant had wifi and very powerful fans. The restaurant is Tierras Amazonicas, and it is some of the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life. I’m not typically a big fish eater as it’s always felt so “healthy” to me, but I knew I had to try the fish in the Amazon. I ate pirarcu my first day, and I came back the next and ate another fish that was just as good. Plantains, rice, corn, traditional Peruvian ceviche—it’s all freaking amazing.
Where to Stay
I opted to stay at a tiny commune about a 20 minute taxi ride away from the city. Palmayacu, means water palm, or water in the palms. There are six bungalows for guests to stay in, plus a shared common area where you’ll enjoy breakfast. Showers are cold, but you have running water and a toilet. Bring a book, or borrow one from the common area, since there’s no internet on the commune.
You can book your hotel in the Amazon here: