A rainy trip on the Amazon. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Planning Your Time in the Colombian Amazon and Los Llanos

The main draw in both the Colombian Amazon and Los Llanos is the unique natural landscapes and the magnificent wildlife inhabiting them. Learn about these vast territories, the way of life there, what to see and do, and most importantly, how to plan your time to take in as much as you can of these amazing areas.

The colorful pools of Caño Cristales. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Hiking Caño Cristales, Colombia

Here in the remote Llanos, you’ll be rewarded as you trek through the stark lowland hills of the Serranía de la Macarena, with its unusual dry tropical vegetation, and behold the vibrant purple, fuchsia, goldenrod, and green Macarenia clavigera plants swaying in the gushing streams of Caño Cristales.

Lily pads at Victoria Regia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Sight-Seeing Along the Río Amazonas

Several sights provide excellent photo ops along the Río Amazonas westward from Leticia to the Parque Amacayacu. These are usually visited as part of a package one-day tour offered by all hotels and travel agencies, but for greater flexibility and to avoid feeling part of the herd you can charter your own boat. To be specific about where you want to go and to negotiate a good price, here’s an overview and highlights of the area.

View from the lookout tower at the Reserva Natural Palmari. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Nature Reserves on the Río Yavarí

The Río Yavarí is in an unspoiled, isolated part of the Amazon basin and is home to two excellent private natural reserves where you will be immersed in the jungle through all manner of activities. Spend at least three days or up to a week at one of the Yavarí nature reserves (they are both excellent) to gain a real appreciation for jungle life.

The Colombian Amazon.

Where to Go in Colombia

Deciding where to go in Colombia is a challenge even for those who know exactly what they want from their travels: nightlife in Bogotá is vastly different from Cali when the sun goes down, and outdoor adventures along the Pacific Coast is not at all like those along the Caribbean. Here you’ll find general overviews of each region in Colombia to help plan where to spend your time.

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Moon Brazil

In this full-color guide, journalist Michael Sommers leads travelers to the best that Brazil has to offer, from surfing, hang gliding, and enjoying the sizzling nightlife in Rio to venturing into the Amazon to witness the Meeting of the Waters, where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões join to form the world’s mightiest river: the […]

Pink dolphins frolic in the Colombian Amazon. Photo © Pruit Phatsrivong, licensed from Shutterstock.

Ten Surprising Facts About Colombia

From its rich biodiversity to its stunning natural landscapes, Colombia, where the Andes meet the Caribbean, has a lot going for it as a tourist destination. Here are ten things a first-time visitor should know about this culturally and ecologically diverse South American country before booking that ticket.

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Moon Colombia

This full-color guide to Colombia includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Longtime resident Andrew Dier shows travelers the way to the best of Colombia—whether it’s dancing and dining in Bogotá or hiking to the Ciudad Perdida. Along with his in-depth coverage, Dier includes unique trip ideas, including Most of the Coast and Jungle Exploration. […]