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Introduction

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Leticia is the capital of the Amazonas department in the extreme southeast of Colombia and has around 33,000 inhabitants. The city can only be reached by plane and borders Tabatinga in Brazil.

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Weather

Leticia has a tropical rainforest climate with hot and humid conditions year round. Temperatures are around 31-32 °C during the day and 21-22 °C at night. Rain is possible in every month, though is lowest in July and August (just over 100mm a month) and highest from January to May (around 200mm a month).

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max30.6 °C30.6 °C30.6 °C30.3 °C29.9 °C29.4 °C29.8 °C30.7 °C31.2 °C31.4 °C31.1 °C30.7 °C
Avg Min22.6 °C22.6 °C22.6 °C22.7 °C22.6 °C21.6 °C20.8 °C21.3 °C21.7 °C22.4 °C22.4 °C22.6 °C
Rainfall355 mm334 mm352 mm352 mm291 mm203 mm158 mm169 mm235 mm263 mm302 mm292 mm
Rain Days242122222319161617192123

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Getting There

By Plane

Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport (LET) offers flights to/from Bogota and several smaller towns like Araracuara, La Chorrera, La Pedrera and Tarapacá. There are seasonal flights to both Iquitos and Pucallpa in Peru.

Tabatinga International Airport has flights with TRIP to Manaus, always via Tefé. Some TRIP flights might make additional stops at the towns of Carauari and Coari.

There are sometimes flights from the Peruvian town of Santa Rosa to Iquitos, with small 15-seaters.

By Boat

Brazil
Although not from Leticia itself, there are connections by boat from nearby Tabatinga. Slow boats to Manaus leave from the Porto Fluvial on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons, usually around 2:00pm or so, with a stop at Benjamin Constant. Sometimes there are extra boats, so it's worth asking. Arrive in the morning to stake out good hammock space, as boats can be quite crowded. The trip to Manaus takes three days and four nights and costs around US$65 if you bring your own hammock, or around US$240 for two people in a double cabin. Food is included, but you're best advised to bring snacks and bottled water. Traveling upstream from Manaus to Tabatinga, the trip usually takes six days, and costs about US$110 in your hammock or US$330 for a double cabin.

Speedboats operated by AJATO (Porto Manaus Moderna 3622 6047, 9984 9091, Tabatinga 3412 2227; 8:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday, 8:00am-noon Saturday) leave Tabatinga for Manaus (R$360, 31 hours) once a week, generally in the morning. The boats have airplane-style seating and TVs playing movies, and good meals are included. To get to Tefé, take a Manaus-bound slow boat to Fonte Boa or Jutaí, and transfer to a regional boat that enters Tefé proper. AJATO has a once weekly speedboat service to Tefé (R$300, 20 hours).

Peru
Transtur runs high-speed boats between Tabatinga and Iquitos. Boats leave from Tabatinga's Porto da Feira at 4:00am Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arrive in Iquitos about 10 hours later. The boats call at Santa Rosa's immigration post in Peru. The journey costs US$60 in either direction, including breakfast and lunch. Don't forget to get an exit stamp in your passport from at Leticia's airport the day before departure. Note that from Iquitos there are no onward overland connections. You have to fly or continue by river to Pucallpa (five to seven days), from where you can go overland to Lima and other places.

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Getting Around

By Foot

You can easily walk around Leticia and cross into Brazil as well.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Albergue TacanaComunidad Multietnica de Tacana KM11Guesthouse77
Mahatu Leticia HostelCalle 7 Carrera 1- Numero 40 Leticia - AmazonasHostel80
La Jangada HospedajeCarrera 9, No 8-106Hostel77
Casa Del Kurupira - SelvaventuraCarrera 9 No 6- 85, 8Guesthouse73
OmshantyVia Leticia-Tarapac¡ km 11HOSTEL79
Tuirupü ApartmentCarrera #1-93 Barrio Costa RicaAPARTMENT-
Amazon Hostel LeticiaCarrera 8 13-53HOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are easy to find in any city or town. Expect rates to run about $1,250-2,500 (around $US 0.50-1.00) per hour, depending on how much competition there is (i.e., cheap in Bogotá, expensive in the middle of nowhere). Quality of connections varies enormous and tends to better in populated places and tourist areas. Wifi is getting more and more popular in some hotels, restaurants and bars, but don't count on it and be careful regarding your privacy.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Colombia is: 57. To make an international call from Colombia, the code is: 005.

Using your own phone and SIM card is expensive so if you are planning to do quite a few calls, buy a phone or just a SIM card. It's simple enough to get a SIM card and even an unlocked phone at the international airport in Bogotá, although there is, of course, a price hike. They're not hard to find in any city either, just ask your hotel or hostel staff where to go. Topping up is also easy, and can be done pretty much on any street corner. The carriers you'll most likely see are Claro, Tigo, and Movistar. Claro is the most expensive (by a little bit), but has the widest coverage in the country, if you expect to get off the beaten path.

Post

4-72 is the unusual name of Colombia's postal service. They have post offices throughout the country, which are open usually from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturday mornings as well. That doesn't apply to all offices though, only the larger ones in the big cities. But for example along the Caribbean coast, offices tend to close between noon and 2:00pm. But even at the ones that are officially open all day long, it might be difficult to get anything done during those hours. For domestic services, sending letters and postcards is mostly reliable but takes days, for international services don't hold your breath. Eventually, a postcard or letter might arrive in the country of destination but it's almost not worth it. For parcels, you are better off using companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS.

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