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Safe to bus or boat from Colombia to Brasil?

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1. Posted by Shroom (Inactive 29 posts) 9y

Have a limited amount of money and have looked up as much as I can if it is safe to cross border from either Leticia, Colombia, and take a boat to Manaus, Brazil, or to take a bus from somewhere in Colombia? Thankful for every answer I can get. I mean, if I have to fly, of course I'll do it, but the budget is five times tighter than it is supposed to be.

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Can't speak from personal experience, but I've heard that boating from Leticia to Manaus is doable. There should be regular ferry service going from there as far as Iquitos, Peru.

3. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

Hi Shroom,

if you look at the post
Peru to Brasil by Boat,
on the same page more down,you will find a lot of infos about.
from Iquitos/Peru you have several choices to go by boat to Brasil/Colombia

4. Posted by Shroom (Inactive 29 posts) 9y

Thanks, Marli, for your suggestion. I will look it up right away.

5. Posted by trailpirat (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

I dont know about getting TO manaus... but from manaus up the amazon to belem there are some shady sections (potentially dangerous) so just check that out ahead of time. and if you get off the boat, don't tell folks where you're getting back on or where the next stop is--at least those were suggestions when i did it in 2002. i didn't go from columbia, i was travelling from manaus to belem (para)...
good luck it sounds fantastic!

6. Posted by Shroom (Inactive 29 posts) 9y

Thanks, Trailpirat.
Well I´ll be doing the Manaus-Blem boatride, no doubt about that. Its just the tricky business of getting from Colombia, maybe Leticia, and getting to Manaus. I checked out the airtickets and it is too expensive for me. It is even impossible for me, lets just say that. I´ve heard that crossing borders from Colombia to Brazil can be more than shady, but while trying to find info on the net, I found absolutely nothing. So I am thankful for every suggestion ever.

7. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

We travelled the other direction. From Leticia into Peru. It definitely was a little shifty, but only as far as petty theft. we got some money as well as my boots stolen. even though we were insanely careful.


it was also one of the greatest experiences of my life. i would definitely recommend it for anyone who is adventurous and tough.

you have to fly out of Leticia. There are some roads, i believe. but they only are open for a few months a year, they arent paved, and you can only go by jeep.

8. Posted by Snow21 (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y


I just did the route a few months ago, from Iquitios, into Leticia and then down to Manaus. Leticia is fine, the whole place is beefed up with military. The only problem is getting to Leticia from Colombia, you have to fly. The region is cut off physcially, I have heard that you can get there by boat from elsewhere in Columbia but that means you have to go through the dodgy rebel territory.
From there you just nip across to Tabatinga and get one of the daily boats to Manaus.