Travel to the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon
picture of the cover of a sample tour itinerary
  • Get This Itinerary Now! 📬
Adventure Tours

Travel to the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon

4 min read

May 14, 2015


By Izabela Zielinska

Share This Post

Travel expert, Izabela Zielinska tells us how to visit both the Colombian Amazon and Peruvian Amazon.

Travel-to-the-Colombian-and-Peruvian-Amazon Who wouldn’t like to experience the natural beauty of the Amazon rainforest and explore one of the largest ecosystems on Earth full of thousands of plants, animals and wildlife?  If you’re considering traveling to the Amazon and want a unique experience, make sure to visit both the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon, the perfect combination tour.

Colombian Amazon

The Amazonia in Colombia region covers 35% of Colombia’s territory. It’s home to 10 protected national parks and 70 indigenous groups, most of which are more than 5,000 years old (e.g Ticunas, Yagua, Yacuna).  In some parts, the indigenous people gladly share their everyday activities and traditions with tourists by selling homemade foods and handicrafts. Start your Colombian Amazon excursion in Leticia, just a 2-hour flight from Bogota.  Leticia is the southernmost city in Colombia and sits on the bank of the Amazon River.   Travel 11 KM out of Leticia and stay in a malocas, which is a traditional wooden house built in the trees.  This is truly a unique opportunity.  Imagine sleeping in the middle of the jungle, 12 meters above the ground, surrounded by total darkness and the sounds of the rainforest. Travel-to-the-Colombian-and-Peruvian-Amazon During the day visit Reserva Natural Tanimboca.  This lodge offers many different activities such as canopy tours, kayaking excursions and even jungle night walks. Puerto Narino is another town near Leticia with approximately 2,000 inhabitants.  In order to get there, you must take a 2-hour boat ride from the region’s capital.  In this car-free town, you can fully relax and distance yourself from your fast-paced everyday life.  Here you can meet some of the indigenous people from the Ticuna or Yagua tribes. You can easily recognize Ticuna because they have painted their bodies black for purification rituals.   Travel-to-the-Colombian-and-Peruvian-Amazon Colombian Amazon Excursions include but are not limited to kayaking, campy tours, jungle trekking, river fishing and much more. Monkey Island Isla de los Micos – 35km from Leticia and home to over 5,000 monkeys, birds and reptiles. Three Borders –  Visit the place where three countries join: Colombia (Leticia), Peru (Santa Rosa) and Brazil (Tabatinga) Puerto Narino Tarapoto lakes and Loretoyacu River – Take a boat trip here and see the giant water lilies Victoria Regia and the grey and pink dolphins. Travel-to-the-Colombian-and-Peruvian-Amazon

Peruvian Amazon

Your Amazon excursion would not be complete without visiting the Peruvian Amazon.   The Peruvian Amazon is one of the most diverse regions in the world.  Discover the sounds of the Peruvian rainforest and compare them with the Colombian rainforest. If you’d like to take a cruise down the Amazon, Iquitos is the place for you.  There are a few cruise companies that offer regular departures for 3-4 day cruises from Leticia, Colombia to Iquitos, Peru. I recommend the Delfin Cruise, Aria Cruise or the Aqua Cruises. These are all small, luxurious boats with spectacular personalized service.  Perfect for pairing luxury and adventure.  The Cattleya Amazon Cruise is another option that takes you to the most remote region of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.  There are lots of fun activities to do while on these cruises, including cooking classes and Spanish classes.


If you prefer staying in a lodge over a cruise, travel to Puerto Maldonado.  Puerto Maldonado is just a 55-minute flight from Cusco.   While there visit Tambopata National Reserve, home to diverse flora and fauna.  There you are sure to see incredible wildlife. I recommend staying at the Reserva Amazonica lodge that overlooks the Madre de Dios forest.  They also offer daily excursions which include jungle trekking, canopy tours, and bird watching.  Travel Tip! It is easier to spot wildlife in Puerto Maldonado because this is a mountainous region as opposed to Iquitos, which is a low ground jungle. Travel-to-the-Colombian-and-Peruvian-Amazon The Amazon rainforest is a special place.  If you’re planning on traveling to South America, do not forget to include the Amazon.  Perhaps the Poet and Naturalist, Diane Ackerman said it best:

“In the rainforest, no niche lies unused.  No emptiness goes unfilled.  No gasp of sunlight goes untapped.  In a million vest pockets, a million life forms quietly tick.  no other place on earth feels so lush.”  

Plan Your Trip to
Machu Picchu
the Amazon
the Galápagos
Create Your Own Custom Tour

Click your preferences: Destinations & Activities. Be as specific or general as you like - or click Help Me Decide! We'll spice it with hidden gems & personal tips to create your perfect trip.

Choose Amazon destinations (optional)
Choose destinations (optional)
Choose Bolivia destinations (optional)
Choose Brazil destinations (opt)
Choose Chile destinations (opt)
Choose Colombia destinations (optional)
Choose Ecuador & Galapagos destinations (optional)
Choose Paraguay destinations (optional)
Choose Patagonia & Antarctica destinations (optional)
Choose Peru destinations (optional)
Choose Interests
Choose activities
What category of accommodation?

You can choose more than one!

When would you like to go?
How many travelers?
age groups
age groups
Review my trip summary





Highly recommended - Phone: We ❤️ to talk! A brief chat with your personal Travel Consultant helps us create your perfect trip!

Hooray! Thanks for Sharing!

If you have an additional 30 seconds we’d love to learn more about you…

Custom Form Blue Popup

  • Including accommodations, transportation and activities/tours.
  • One Moment Please

    We are matching your tour idea with the right Travel Consultant
    who will be in touch shortly.
    Thank you for your request!