• Colombia
  • 4 Days

Live and Learn with the Ticuna in the Amazon

  • Basecamp Retreat
  • Cultural Immersion
  • 4 days; 3 nights
  • 1 to 8 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Leticia
The mighty Amazon River and the lush jungle make up a world defined by the unknown, the unknowable, and the mysterious. Our personalized tours are created for you to intimately experience the natural and cultural beauty of the region. Built into the jungle and operated by two Ticuna elders, the lodge is located just up-river from the indigenous community of San Martin de Amacayacu and approximately 3 hours up the Amazon River from the "city" of Leticia, Colombia. Found within Amacayacu National Park along a tributary of the Amazon River, San Martin is an indigenous community of approximately 400 consisting of members of the Ticuna tribe. Still retaining their native language and strong cultural beliefs and traditions, San Martin is an example of an indigenous community trying to maintain its heritage in the face of external pressures. Members of the community live primarily off of agriculture, fishing and hunting. Many are also artisans producing beautiful crafts out of the natural materials found in the surrounding forests. Visitors will be staying in one of our comfortable private bungalows in the middle of the rainforest which are only accessible by water. This journey is a rare opportunity to learn from a people who live intimately with their surroundings. To read a more detailed account of the experience: https://untrodden.com/stories/la-selva-amazonia-and-the-tikunaread more

At a Glance

Creature comforts

basic


Physical activity

moderate


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Rivers
  • Wetlands
  • Jungle
  • Village Life

Practicalities

  • For all ages
  • Proficient english

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Foraging
  • Wildlife
  • Digital detox
  • Indigenous culture
  • Rural homestay

Your Local Expert

Agusto Moran

Agusto Moran and Maria Ayla Angel are a couple from the Ticuna community of San Martin. 

 Doña Maria is an ambassador for the community and has worked closely with the National Park to begin projects that aim to benefit the community as a whole. Also a community leader she has worked and continues to work in order to find ways to strengthen San Martin on a long term basis. A fisherman, carpenter and artisan, Don Agusto has an ample skill set that reflects his traditional and practical knowledge of the Amazon. Well versed in the rich stories and culture of the Tikuna people, entire evenings can be lost listening to his fascinating tales. 

 The combined knowledge, culture and charm of this couple are reason enough to come and experience the Colombian Amazon.read more

The Journey

Day 1

Getting to Amacayacu

The following is an example itinerary -- the activities every day and length of stay are up to you! Today you will be picked up from the airport. Have lunch in Leticia, then take a boat up the Amazon river and then up the Amacayacu river where you will reach the lodge just before dark.

Day 2

Explore La Selva

After breakfast, take a hike and get your first true look at the rainforest where you can learn about local plants and animals. After having lunch in the native community of Mocagua, you can visit the Maikuchiga monkey sanctuary and rehabilitation center where you will be able to view of a number of the native primates up close. Have dinner, then take a night walk and look for nocturnal animals.

Day 3

Fun on the Amazon

After breakfast, you can take an excursion to find the 2 dolphin species found in the Amazon. After lunch in Puerto Nariño, take a trip to a black water lake for a refreshing swim and some more dolphin spotting. Time permitting, try your hand at fishing for piranhas and other local fish using ancient Tikuna fishing techniques.

Day 4

Return home refreshed and wide-eyed

After breakfast, you will head out from the lodge and take your last cruise down the Amazon River to Leticia. Have lunch in the city, say a warm goodbye, and board the plane to head back to Bogota.

Included

  • Lodging

    The pricing above is for a 3 night stay - the price for every additional night is around 100$ per person (inquire for more info)

  • Transportation

  • Meals

  • Guided Activities

Not Included

  • Rain Boots

    Rain Boots are available for purchase for 50.000 colombian pesos

  • Deposit

    For all tours a minimum deposit of $350 000 Colombian pesos per person is required in order to confirm and hold a reservation. The deposit may be paid by credit card online, or by transfer from any Colombian bank to our Colombian account. Any remaining balance can be paid in cash on arrival. Guests may pay more than the deposit by credit card but any amount in addition to the deposit will have a surcharge of 8%. Please let us know in advance how much you would like to pay by credit card so that we can create the corresponding email payment form. Cancellations received in writing (email) 30 days or more before arrival will not be charged and a full refund will be given. If through no fault of Yoi EcoTours you decide to shorten your stay with us once the tour has started, we will refund half the cost of each night you shorten your tour by. Please contact us to book your reservation.

Private Departures

Private departures, for just you and your friends or family

Flexible dates

  • 1 travelers$580 per person
  • 2 travelers$493 per person
  • 3 travelers$424 per person
  • 4 travelers$402 per person
  • 5 travelers$402 per person
  • 6 travelers$402 per person
  • 7 travelers$402 per person
  • 8 travelers$402 per person
Pricing depends on group size and host availability

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