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Exploring Amazon in Colombia

Discover the most fantastic and amazing animals in the largest rainforest on Earth

Best time: July–December

Exploring Amazon
Exploring Amazon
Exploring Amazon
Exploring Amazon

The Amazon Rainforest, also known as the Amazonia or the Amazon Jungle, is the largest rainforest on Earth. Indeed, Amazon Jungle occupied the territories of six countries: Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru. Amazonia impresses by an enormous amount of rare mammals and reptiles.

The territory of Amazon rainforest is a home to Caimans, various species of Butterflies, Turtles, Frogs, Beetles, Lizards, Capybaras, different kinds of monkeys (Spider monkey, Woolly monkey, Capuchin monkey, etc.), Spiders, Snakes and many others. The best places to explore all these animals are Leticia (the largest city and the capital of the department of Amazonas), Puerto Nariño, and the Monkey Island.

While visiting Amazon Rainforest, besides the natural attractions, you can explore indigenous cultures like the Ticunas, Yucunas, and Huitotos. You can also enjoy boating and fishing on the longest river—Amazon, which is full of pink dolphins. Another good way to explore the area is to go hiking in the Amazon jungles.

The best time to discover a beauty of Amazon nature is during the low water season from July to December. What is more, it's a great chance to witness animal's mating seasons.

Practical info

What animals can be seen in Colombia's Amazon rainforest?

An array of unique animals call Colombia's Amazon rainforest home. Visitors can spot caimans, turtles, lizards, capybaras, and different kinds of monkeys. Other animals include butterflies, frogs, beetles, spiders, and snakes. Visitors can also see popular animals such as jaguars, howler monkeys, sloths, and pink river dolphins. Birdwatchers can also enjoy colorful birds like macaws, parrots, and toucans. Show more

What are the places tourists can go to explore indigenous cultures in the Amazon rainforest in Colombia?

To explore indigenous cultures while visiting the Amazon rainforest in Colombia, tourists can visit the Ticunas, Yucunas, and Huitotos tribes' villages. The starting point of the journey could be Leticia to be welcomed by the indigenous communities and learn about their traditional ways of life, unique customs, beliefs, and practices such as using medicinal herbs and shamanic rituals. Show more

When is the best time to visit the Amazon rainforest in Colombia to see animals?

The optimal time to witness animals in the Amazon rainforest in Colombia is from July to December. During this period, the Amazon river's water level recedes, exposing several secrets of the forest, making it easier to spot animals and birds. It is also an excellent chance to witness the animals' mating season and have an unforgettable experience. Show more

Which locations offer hiking opportunities for visitors to the Amazon jungle in Colombia?

In Colombia's Amazon jungle, visitors can go hiking in different locations, including the Amacayacu National Park near Leticia. The National Park has various hiking trails to explore the lush forest, such as the Mocagua-Chorros Trail, leading to a waterfall and a chance to spot the Clathria moth, and the Tarapoto Lake Trail, offering panoramic views of the oxbow lakes and a chance to see birds, sloths, and monkeys. Show more

What are some other activities that visitors can do on the Amazon river in Colombia?

In addition to boating and fishing, visitors to the Amazon river in Colombia can interact with pink dolphins, witness breathtaking bird species, and explore the flooded forests. Between July to December, visitors can join canoeing or kayaking tours to witness the river's hidden channels, lagoons, and oxbow lakes. Visitors can also enjoy trips to Monkey Island, featuring different monkey species like woolly monkeys, squirrel monkeys, or capuchins. Show more

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