There are numerous tour agencies in Leticia that can organize jungle and river trips of virtually any length, taking in flora, fauna and the area’s indigenous communities. However, that also means that there are a number of unscrupulous operators, so make sure you’ve agreed on exactly what’s included and avoid pushy “guides” who approach you in the street. Since the Amazon is such a vast area, odds are, you won’t see any big mammals, but you’re very likely to see monkeys and numerous bird species, and a three-day stint in the jungle is great exposure to a unique environment. Recommended operators include Amazon Jungle Trips (8 592 7377,, going strong after more than 25 years, and Tanimboca (8 592 7679,, both with English-speaking guides.

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