FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Amazon is a great place all year around. There are two seasons: High Water Season (February-late June) and Low Water Season (late June-January). Both show different sides of the Amazon. The High Water Season lets you explore the Amazon by boat while in the Low Water Season you can expect to be able to do more hiking.
The climate in the Amazon rainforest is hot and humid. Be prepared, it might rain.
There is plenty of wildlife in the Amazon jungle and you might spot, amongst others, pink dolphins, various snakes, monkeys, caymans, sloths, tarantulas, bullets ants and a huge variety of birds. Just keep in mind that the Amazon is not a zoo and the animals are in their own habitat. This can mean that we sometimes see all and sometimes see none. Come with an open mind and let the jungle surprise you.
We recommend you stay at least 4 days in order to get the chance to really experience the jungle. It is a good idea to add a few days to explore Leticia, Tabatinga and Isla Santa Rosa.
There are around 215 tribes living in the Amazon. Most of them speak their tribal dialect as a first language and learn Spanish or Portuguese in school. Even though the Amazon is divided by country borders the people do not refer to themselves as part of one of the countries, but simple Amazonian.
The amazon region has famously kept itself free from any guerrilla and paramilitary influences and can be considered as generally safe. We do however, recommend you keep your caution when walking around the towns of Leticia and Tabatinga, especially at night.
You are required to have a yellow fever vaccination if you travel from a region where yellow fever is prevalent, such as Brazil, as well as having all other vaccinations up to date. Please consult with your local doctor or vaccination centre and check out the website of the CDC, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/colombia/ for up to date vaccination recommendations.
We recommend you have your yellow fever vaccination. However, it is not a requirement unless you travel from a region were yellow fever is highly prevalent, such as Brazil.
There are some areas in the Amazon with high risk of Malaria. Our tours however do not operate in those areas.
The weather is hot and humid meaning that the Amazon offers a very attractive environment for mosquitos. However, with a good mosquito repellent and light coloured clothes that cover the arms and legs, their presence should surely not keep you from having a fantastic Amazon experience.
We recommend you use a Mosquito repellent that does not have DEET in order to protect the wildlife while still providing a high level of protection. If you do want to go for a mosquito repellent with DEET we recommend Nopikex.
To avoid having an unpleasant experience, we recommend you only drink bottled water and make sure you eat at recommended places. We only offer you safe drinking water.
Some people react very strongly to the mosquito bites, so please make sure you have a good repellent as well as antihistamine cream or gel with you.
Check out the section “Top hotels & hostels in Leticia” in our Amazon Travel Guide.
We recommend you bring a raincoat or -poncho, decent footwear, mosquito repellent (however, remember that DEET can harm the animals of the jungle, so keep your distance or use a non-toxic alternative), sun cream and long clothes in light colours. For an extended list of things to pack check out our Ultimate Amazon Packlist.
We recommend you bring long-sleeve shirts and long trousers that dry fast and are lightweight. Please remember, it is best if you wear clothes in light colours. Dark and black colours attract mosquitos.
We recommend a backpack and daypack as there are some places where you will have to carry your luggage.
We offer free luggage storage while you are on tour with us.
As all our tours are private, we can go at your pace. A moderate level of fitness however, is recommended. Some tours require a more advanced level of fitness, but that will be mentioned in the description.
We mainly use the services provided by the indigenous communities and also donate school material to the children of indigenous communities. You can read more about our project here.
We contribute to our environmental project, which will include the creation of a nature reserve where clients donate trees that we plant to do our part against reforestation. Read more about it here.
Yes, all our tours are private tours with English speaking guides.
We do not arrange group tours, however, join us on Facebook and connect with other travellers.
Yes, all our guides speak English.
We offer private tours with English speaking, highly knowledgeable (indigenous) guides and are dedicated to creating the most unique travel experiences in the Colombian Amazon while supporting the indigenous communities of the area.
The prices for our tours include all transportation by land and water, accommodation, meals and non-alcoholic drinks as well as entrance fees and an English speaking guide. A percentage of our profit goes to our educational and environmental project. You can read more about it here.
The tourist entrance fee to Leticia as well as transport to Leticia and any alcoholic drinks are not included.
Most of the accommodation providers we use are in the jungle and therefore simple. However, basic comforts such as mosquito nets are always provided.
There is some electricity at the lodges we stay. However, electricity is not always 100% stable. If a tour mentions a night in a jungle camp, then no electricity will be available.
You can send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us which of our tours you would like to do, the date and time of arrival and how many people are in your group. We will then send you a booking form and will ask for a 25% non-refundable deposit which can be paid via bank transfer.
No, at the moment we do not accept payments by credit card.
Please note, you can pay the 25 % non-refundable deposit directly onto our Colombian account via https://azimo.com/en or https://www.worldremit.com
The remaining amount HAS TO BE PAID either via bank transfer to our COLOMBIAN ACCOUNT at least two weeks before the start of the tour. Please be aware, that you will have to cover any transaction costs involved.
We only accept cancellations via e-mail to email@example.com. Please let us know as soon as you make the decision not to participate in the tour. In order to secure your booking, we ask for a 25% non-refundable deposit.
If you have decided to pay the remaining amount to our Colombian account before the start of the tour and decide to cancel the tour
- up to 30 days before the start date, we will refund 75% of the total amount minus transaction costs.
- less than 14 days before the tour starting date, we will refund 40% of the full tour price minus transaction fees
- 24 hours or less before the starting date we will not refund
Colombia Remote Adventures is not responsible for any incidental expenses you may have incurred as a result of the purchase of your tour such as visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights, etc.
You can exchange money at the port of Leticia.
Yes, there are several ATMs in Leticia.