20 photos of the Amazon

20 Photos Of The Amazon To Inspire A Visit

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20 Photos Of The Amazon To Inspire A Visit

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.

Amazon Tours

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.

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Without further ado, here are my fave photos of the Amazon:

Photo of Leticia, Amazon sign
Just before the jungle in Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia
Photos of the Amazon: eating fish in Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia
Photo of the skin of a pirarucu fish in the Amazon
Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia sign
Photos of the Amazon: A bed with a mosquito net at a commune about 20 minutes outside of Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia—in the heart of the rainforest
Flooded street in Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia
Paintings of the Amazon River at Tierras Amazonicas restaurant
Photos of the Amazon: bungalows on a commune 20 minutes outside of Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia.
Photos of the Amazon: a little oasis in the rainforest
Eating food in Leticia, Amazonas
Photos of the Amazon: plants bigger than me
An indoor market in Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia

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Photos of the Amazon: ready to head into the village
Photos of the Amazon: Cerca Viva commune in the rainforest, 20 minutes from Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia
Photos of the Amazon: getting ready to leave the commune and head back to the USA
Photos of the Amazon: Reading a book while it storms in the rainforest. This book is by one of the commune's elders.
Photos of the Amazon: staying at the commune Palmayacu
Eating plantains and pirarucu fish in the Amazon

I sincerely hope you've enjoyed these photos of the Amazon. Have you ever been? If not, when are you going? Let me know in the comments below!

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