10-6 Carrera 9, Leticia, Colombia
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La Jangada Leticia Reviews
La Jangada Jun 26, 2011
Three cities surround the river, representing three countries with Amazon in between.
There is only two ways to get here, by boat or military plane. I arrived from Iquitos on slow boat (fast boats also run every day and make trip from Iquitos to Santa Rosa in one day) which was great experience. Santa Rosa is city on Peruvian side, Leticia in Columbia and Tabatinga in Brazil and effective border between them does not exist. Lending in Santa Rosa required to cross the river, which is done by small boats that charge around 2-3 reales, depending on number of people in the boat. When you arrive to Tabatinga or Leticia, you have to go and get the entrance stamp of the country you are going to, which is not such a easy task because there is no customs office at the ports. In Santa Rosa, customs building is close to the port, but in Tabatinga you have to walk good distance.
La Jangada hostel was recommended by friend in Iquitos, and place was really good, and its name stands for traditional fishing boat used on the coast of Brazil. It is located one block from the center of Leticia. Cost for the dorm room is $10 which is couple dollars more than some cheap places in Leticia. La Jangada is owned by French guy that is incredible character. He was traveling South America on bike, and than… jungle did not let people build the roads, and he decided to put his bicycle on the small boat, connect his chain to small propellers, and ride his way down the Amazon. He made it to Leticia, and decided to stay a bit… rented the house, made hostel… and he is still there.
Hostel is very clean, and owner has been renovating house constantly, with excellent results. Dorm is on the second floor and has only 5 beds, large lockers, and nice terrace with hammock. Bathrooms are on the first floor, and they are in perfect condition. Water is cold but in jungle that is more than good thing. Beds are single and very good for sleeping. I really rested well in this place. Breakfast is not included but there are nice small, cheap places all over. I suggest to try all possible juices that they offer, starting with the name that you do not know. All of them are very tasty and probably healthy too … There is no internet, but in town there is lots of internet joints, that charge around 2$ per hour. People from hostel usually chill on the front porch over beer and good stories.
Surrounding area is full of small tribes and national parks. During the dry months, nice beach appears and they say that it is clean and good swimming… Good number of people comes here to try Ayahuasca drug, that is prepared by local shamans. City is pretty safe, but be aware that this area is full of criminal gangs smuggling drugs across the borders.
I warmly recommend this hostel
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