Let me see you move like you come from Colombia!
Leticia Travel Blog› entry 73 of 134 › view all entries
Having crossed several borders now, i really think that you can tell how you'll connect with a country from the moment you cross the border, and crossing into Colombia was a great feeling. The whole atmosphere seemed to change just crossing the barriers that seperate Tabatinga Brasil from Leticia Colombia. It's great to be back in a Spanish speaking country, no more expensive Reais, i'm now a Colombian millionaire with 100's of thousands of pesos to my name!
Leticia itself is the biggest town in Colombia's region of the Amazon. It's got a great relaxed feeling, it's hot and sunny and the people are so friendly. It also has the largest concentration of motorbikes and scooters i have ever seen. Young, old, fat, think, woman or man it doesn't matter, if you move it's on a bike of some form! This in turn leads to an interesting form of public transport ....Moto taxis! You jump on the back of the bike, put on the spare helmet and for less than 70p they whizz you off to wherevber you need to go. The streets wind around themselves and within a few blocks is the centre of town with juice bars, restaurants, a random casino and maybe one or two discoteques. We checked into our hostel, Mahutu Jungle Lodge, a beautiful setting but a rather 'rustic' place with crumbling paintwork, more ants than guests and hoses for showers. Those that know me well will know that it isn't often that i'll say this but i loved the cold showers!
The two days here were spent drinking natural juices as many times a day as we could squeeze them in and taking motorbike taxis all over town for the fun of it. Despite having no rain for the best part of 3 weeks in the Amazon it rained both nights in Leticia, full on Tropical rain that never let up. The lightening storms that accompanied them were something to behold too.
After debating on where to head to first i decided to book an Aires flight [$126,000 OR 40 GBP] to Bogota and have a week in the Capital city. It's been an amazing few weeks in the Amazon, living the dream. I've met some beautiful people and basked in the beauty of this place, it's been a dream come true. So i leave the Amazon in Colombia and head to the Andes, back to the mountains and altitude, the set menus and quinoa soups. I can't wait!
You may also be wondering where the pictures for the blogs have gone to. Unfortauntely on the boat the camera went MIA. A replacement is winging its way to me C/O my lovely Auntie Claire who's joining me in Bogota on the 16th for a two week stint in Colombia. Normal services will resume soon though!