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Amacayacu National Natural Park

AUTHOR: Gustavo Acosta

I visited the Amacayacu National Natural Park, in search of fulfilling the dream of knowing all the protected areas that Colombia has. For this reason I returned to the department of Amazonas, after 3 years to visit this park located 69 kilometers from Leticia and very close to Puerto Nariño.

Although the Amacayacu National Natural Park is currently closed to the public, you can still get to know part of it through the communities of San Martín and Mocagua.

How to get to the Amacayacu National Natural Park
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So I decided to visit the community of San Martin, which is located about 3 kilometers from the Amazon River, sailing along the Amacayacu river, and wanting to spend the nights in a jungle environment, I went a little further and stayed in a wonderful place called Naineku Lodge, whose name means jungle in Ticuna language.

HOW TO GET TO AMACAYACU NATIONAL NATURAL PARK?

Arriving on your own account at the Amacayacu National Natural Park is complicated by the issue of river transport.

Boat to Amacayacu
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However, the staff of the Naineku Lodge offer the full service and pick you up at the mouths of the river, and to get there, you must take a speedboat from Leticia to Puerto Nariño for about $31,000 COP and inform that they leave you in the mouths of the river Amacayacu.

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WHAT TO DO AT AMACAYACU NATIONAL NATURAL PARK?

My journey through the park begins by navigating the river to reach the Lakes of Tarapoto, meeting from the first moment with different kinds of birds, pink dolphins and some monkeys in their natural state.

When i arrived at the Tarapoto Lakes, i could not wait to get in and swim with hundreds of fish that I felt were approaching me but without any fear as they are harmless.

Dolphin in the Lakes of Tarapoto Amazonas
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Birdwatching in the Amacayacu National Natural Park
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After enjoying the lake I went to see one of the giant ceibas found there, and it was the tree with the biggest roots I had seen in my life, it would not be the first of many that I would see in this incredible place.

After this, we go to Puerto Nariño, to enter this municipality you must pay a tax of COP $6,000. This place is known as the largest manger in the world, it is a place that grows more and more but maintains order and peace thanks to the absence of vehicles in its streets.

Puerto Nariño Travel
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It was time to leave for my place of lodging, sailing along the Amacayau River, after 30 minutes we arrived at Naineku Lodge, staff welcomed me with immense energy and the best way to spend the best days in the jungle, organize my luggage and we went with the guide to see the sunset from a small hill, where the most beautiful tones of the Amacayacu National Natural Park were appreciated.

Hotel Naineku Lodge
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After a wonderful dinner with fresh fish, we went for a night walk to see some amazing bioluminescent mushrooms and feel the jungle with all the sounds that the nocturnal inhabitants emit, this was one of the best plans.

After spending an incredible night with all these sounds, one of the most anticipated days came, I was going to visit the Maikuchiga Foundation in the community of Mocagua.

MAIKUCHIGA FOUNDATION OF MOCAGUA

This foundation is the only place in the entire Colombian Amazon that is responsible for rehabilitating monkeys rescued from illegal trafficking and then leaving them free so they can continue living their lives in a natural way, some return, others follow their course but the mission is fulfilled.

Monkey recovered from illegal Amazon traffic
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Birds of the Amazon
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In the same community of Mocagua you can observe the lotus flower of the Amazon.

Back to San Martin, take a hike in the jungle where we could see some other giant trees, we found jaguar tracks and saw the jungle inside completely different to how it felt at night.

Giant trees of the Amazon
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Tour to Amacayacu
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One more day ends and with me my way through Amacayacu National Natural Park, which must surely go you want to feel the Amazon jungle in all its fury.

River Amacayacu
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To finish, I tell you that the Naineku Lodge offers a complete package for the Amacayacu National Natural Park from $700,000 COP for 4 days, an experience that is very worthwhile.

OTHER NATURAL NATIONAL PARKS THAT CAN INTEREST YOU

PNN Puracé, PNN Tayrona, PNN Sierra de La Macarena, PNN El Cocuy, PNN Bahía Málaga, PNN Gorgona, PNN Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Flora and Fauna Sanctuary Galeras.

Gustavo Acosta

Gustavo Acosta

Administrador de empresas de la Universidad El Bosque y fotógrafo de naturaleza aficionado.

En el año 2013 decidí realizar un viaje diferente en mi país, partiendo de casa de una forma más guerrera. Debido a este viaje tome un estilo de vida diferente y continué viajando así, guerreado, ahorrando dinero y permitiéndome estar más tiempo en cada destino, conocer a profundidad las costumbres de la gente y lo encantador que tiene cada lugar.

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