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1. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 9y

Hi,

I hope to travel from Brasilm to Columbia over land. I believe theres a boat i can get that will bring me to Manaus. When i get to Manaus what are my options as regards getting into Colombia? Can i travel by land? Are the borders heavily guarded?

I read somewhere that i will have to fly in and out of Colombia, is this true?

Thanks in Advance

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

You can get in Colombia from Manaus by taking a boat to Leticia, which is on the triple frontier with Peru and Brazil and is in Colombia already. From there, you have to take a flight to other parts of Colombia, because of the transport system in general but also considering safety. The area around Leticia is safe though.
You can not travel from Manaus by land, only to the north towards Venezuela and than eastwards towards the border with Colombia if you want to take only buses and so. Otherwise, boat and flight are your options.
Getting to Manaus in the first place could be done by flight or boat from Belem for example. From which city are you travelling?

3. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

You can get in Colombia from Manaus by taking a boat to Leticia, From there, you have to take a flight to other parts of Colombia, because of the transport system

What he means is that nthere are no roads into Leticia at al so you'll have to pay for a flight-Not Cheap!

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting SamSalmon

Quoting Utrecht

You can get in Colombia from Manaus by taking a boat to Leticia, From there, you have to take a flight to other parts of Colombia, because of the transport system

What he means is that nthere are no roads into Leticia at al so you'll have to pay for a flight-Not Cheap!

Uhm, yes thanks LOL. There are supposed to be irregular boats from Leticia to Puerto Asis, and can take up to 12 days....from there are roads again....better safe a few bucks for a flight, probably cheapers as well..

5. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 9y

thanks for the replies lads

Im starting in BsAs and going to Rio via iguazu. Then travelling to salvador to spend xmas and NY on an island just off the coast. From there i was planning on getting to Colombia and making my way down to Peru to do the Inca trail and then down to Santiago where i get my connecting flight to Oz...

Im just not really sure on modes of transport from Brazil to Columbia then out of COlumbia and down the west coast...

Any more help from anyone who has completed a similar route would be great

6. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y

Quoting butts

I'm just not really sure on modes of transport from Brazil to Columbia then out of Colombia and down the west coast...

Well now you know that you'll be flying out of Leticia-probably to Medellin.

Busses go everywhere in Colombia take them during the day and you'll be right.

I don't meant to infer that taking night busses is a bad way to go or dangerous but with drop dead gorgeous scenery almost everywhere a night journey in Colombia is a waste.

Colombia to Peru?

What about Ecuador?

7. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 9y

Quoting SamSalmon

Quoting butts

I'm just not really sure on modes of transport from Brazil to Columbia then out of Colombia and down the west coast...

Well now you know that you'll be flying out of Leticia-probably to Medellin.

Busses go everywhere in Colombia take them during the day and you'll be right.

I don't meant to infer that taking night busses is a bad way to go or dangerous but with drop dead gorgeous scenery almost everywhere a night journey in Colombia is a waste.

Colombia to Peru?

What about Ecuador?

What about ecuador??

So Basically i can only enter colombia over land via the north, otherwise i would have to fly from leticia?

Do i have to fly out of Colombia or can i cross the border at any point on the border with Peru/Ecuador? I havent really looed at that side of the continent in depth so im not sure of the "no go" areas

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting butts

Quoting SamSalmon

Quoting butts

I'm just not really sure on modes of transport from Brazil to Columbia then out of Colombia and down the west coast...

Well now you know that you'll be flying out of Leticia-probably to Medellin.

Busses go everywhere in Colombia take them during the day and you'll be right.

I don't meant to infer that taking night busses is a bad way to go or dangerous but with drop dead gorgeous scenery almost everywhere a night journey in Colombia is a waste.

Colombia to Peru?

What about Ecuador?

What about ecuador??

So Basically i can only enter colombia over land via the north, otherwise i would have to fly from leticia?

Do i have to fly out of Colombia or can i cross the border at any point on the border with Peru/Ecuador? I havent really looed at that side of the continent in depth so im not sure of the "no go" areas

Uhm, it would be good like you said to look at the map. What Sam ment was that Ecuador is in between Colombia and Peru and when travelling overland you have to travel through Ecuador, or take a flight again of course.
Don't know how much time you have, but if it will be rushed, I would say skip Colombia and travel to Peru directly...Iquitos and than maybe on by boat to Pucallpa or by plane. And visit Colombia (maybe together with Ecuador another time).

9. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 9y

Hi,

Thats for the quick responses. I will be there for 5 months, arriving in BsAs and leaving from Chile. Im spending xmas on an island off Salavador so that will leave with 2 months after xmas....

Judging by the responses it looks like im better off skipping Colombia to save time and money. We really dont want to take any flights so should skipping Colombia should enable us to travel over land?

Is 2 months enough time to make it from Salavador to Chile via Peru?

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

I guess about 1 month to get to Iquitos first, visiting Belem, Manaus and doing some Amazone tour will be possible. Maybe take one domestic flight in Brazil? Belem-Manaus or Manaus-Tabatinga (triple frontier with Peru/Colombia).
Than a one month Iquitos-Santiago is possible as well, but I would fly to Lima first and stick to the South of Peru and north of Chile, not a side trip to Bolivia or so.

Have fun! Michael