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La Jangada

La Jangada
Carrera 9 #8-106, Centro, Leticia, Amazonas
+57 312.451.0758 (whatsapp/celular)
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Overview: La Jangada Hospedaje is a great spot to make youre home base while you are exploring the wonders of the Amazon and the Tres Fronteras (Three Borders) region. Here, just minutes from the Peruvian and Brazilian borders, you can ejoy all the amenities of living in a city, but be just steps away from the wondrous wilds of the sprawling Amazon jungle. The clean and comfortable rooms, friendly staff, and great ability to arrange tours, make this spot a winner for backpackers. You will also enjoy the proximity to fine dining, a great supermarket nearby, and the future opening of a second location of La Jangada on KM 14, which boasts lush tropical vegetation and a pool.

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Neighborhood: At La Jangada, you are in the heart of downtown Leticia. It's less than a 10 minute walk to the Brazilian border at Tabatinga, and only a 5 minute walk to the Parque de los Loros or the main port in Leticia. 

Close by you'll find a wide variety of dining options. At the top of the list is the delightful Tierrra Amazonicas right around the corner, which features the best decor in the region. You feel like you're dining in a jungle lodge, with beautiful relics and artefacts of indigenous tribes from the surrounding region adorning the walls. Tierra Amazonicas offers a wide range of Peruvian, Brazilian, and Colombian food. The ceviches, tropical cachaca cocktails, and beef dishes are all excellent. Just a few blocks away, you will also find the delightful restaurant and lounge at Hotel Waira Suites. Particularly recommended is the trilogy of ceviches.

Just a block away there is a large Hiper Market, one of the biggest in the city, where you can buy anything you need.

How to Get There: It's a breeze to get to La Jangada. If you're arriving at Leticia's Alfredo Vasquez Cobo International Airport (LET), just take any yellow taxi from the line in front of the airport. It's just a 5 minute ride, and it will cost $8.000. If you are flying from Bogota (where the vast majority of tourism arrivals come from) expect a flight of around 1 hour and 45 minutes. Prices vary quite a bit between high and low season, but the good news is that low-cost carrier Viva Colombia has just started flying to Leticia as well. In the best case scenario, you can find roundtrip flights from Bogota for as cheap as $200.000.

If you are arriving from the West via Iquitos, Peru, or from the East via Manaus, Brazil, remember that the entire Tres Fronteras region is serviced by economical moto taxis or tuk-tuks. A tuk-tuk ride from downtown Tabatinga on the waterfront, for example, to downtown Leticia will take 10 minutes by tuk-tuk and should cost around $5.000 COP. Note that in much of the region Colombian pesos and Brazilian reales are accepted on parity.

Management/Staff:  The hostel is run by a wonderful hubsand/wife team Martha and Esteban who have also just launched a second location in KM14 where you are welcome to use the pool. The second location is a great option if you're interested in staying outside of the city, surrounded by nature.

Rooms: Kamalion Hostel has space for around 20 guests, in clean and comfortable dormitories and private rooms.

Shared Rooms: There is one large dormitory on the second floor with space for eight guests. The dormitory features a balcony with hammocks, and lockers. Rates are $25.000 per person per night. As with all tourism in Colombia, prices may be subject to change during the high season (June, July, August, December, January).

Private Rooms: There are four private rooms: three are standard double private rooms with TV and private bath. These go for $70.000 a night. Additionally, there is a triple room with three beds that goes for $75.000 a night. Remember that, in general, you should not expect hot water in Leticia. But then again, you probably don't want to take a shower with hot water in Leticia anyway.

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Amenities: 

Breakfast: No.

Kitchen: There is a large kitchen, well-equipped for cooking, available for guest use at all times. Remember that the nearest supermarket, the Hiper, is located half a block South and half a block to the West.

Restaurant: Within a five minute of the hostel you will find at least a dozen restaurants, offering a wide variety of cuisine, but focused on Colombian, Brazilian, and Peruvian fare.

Bar: Beer is available for purchase for $2.500. There is no bar, but there is a delightful terrace with a picnic table and bar stools in front of the hostel.

Terrace/Patio: There is a terrace in front of the hostel, as well as a balcony on the second floor with hammocks.

TV Lounge: No.

Computers: No.

Wifi: Yes. Both in the common areas and bedrooms. However, bear in mind that wifi is slow in all of the Tres Fronteras region.

Lockers: There are lockers in all of the dormitories.

Bicycles: No.

Credit Cards: No. Payment in cash only.

Luggage Storage: Yes

Check-in Time: 12:00pm (or earlier if there is availability)

Check-out Time: 12:00pm

There are a wide variety of interesting activities to do in the area. You will definitely want to explore Tabatinga, Brazil, which is just a 10 minute walk away. There is the island of Santa Rosa, which is just a $3.000 COP 5 minute ride away by boat from the port of Leticia.

Heading north on the Via Leticia-Tarapaca, you will find a wide variety of activities. You can head to do some ecotourism at the Reserva Natural Tanimboca or the Bioparque Etuena. You can go for a swim at the delightful Balneario Arbelaez at KM8. (Heading north on the highway, most addresses are listed in terms of how many kilometers north of Leticia they are. Thus the Balneario is 8km north of the "centro" of Leticia). One great way to see the surrounding countryside is to rent a motorcycle. On average, expect to pay around $40.000 COP per day to do so.

But the most interesting activites are to be found by river transport, far into the wilds of the Amazonian jungle.

La Jangada specializes in arranging trips down the Rio Yavari, on the Peruvian/Brazilian border, to visit indigenous communities, learn about native flora and fauna, fish, observe wildlife in its natural habitat, and camp out in the jungle.

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Conclusion: If you're heading to Leticia, put La Jangada at the top of your list. With a great location, comfortable rooms, and a friendly staff, you can't go wrong. Great restaurants, shops, bars, and a large supermarket are close by, as are Parque Santander and Parque de los Loros.

And best of all, they will help you arrange reasonably priced and enjoyable tours of the Amazon jungle. La Jangada is the best place to stay in downtown Leticia!

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