Located in the so-called “Amazon trapezoid”, the Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu is the first protected area created in the Colombian Amazon region and it is the only area in the system of parks that conserves flooded forest of the Amazon River. This privileged jungle has more than 5,000 species of plants and its forests are characteristic of a region, which has the biggest diversity of primates in the world. The number of bird species represents almost a third of species in the country and mammals represent a little less than a half of the total species in the country. The Amazon region has two clearly differentiated seasons: high water and low water seasons, which condition all natural and human activity. The region´s rivers dramatically drastically fluctuate in voolumen and in water level during the year; during September (dry season), the river banks are bare and as rain increases, the river´s water level reaches 10 meters of flood (during May), in an area of at least 500 meters of flooded forest on the banks of the Amazon is drastically different on those two seasons and in order to understand the magnbitude of ths ecosystem ot is necessary to visit it at least in two occasions.
- Do not buy wild animals and reject places that keep them in captivity. Express your disagreement clearly.
- Avoid restaurants that offer meat of wild animals, including pirarucú or paiche fish, during the months of prohibition (October-may) in the three countries.
- Do not buy handcrafts made with fur, teeth, bones, feathers or other wild animal body parts.
- Ask permission from people in the communities before taking pictures of them.
- Avoid using disposable materials, plastic or batteries. Store your wastes and dispose them in Leticia in the established places.
- For your safety, hire a certified guide: the quality of your experience will be significantly better if you use a legal travel agency.
What to bring to the park:
- Yellow fever and tetanus vaccine.
- Long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and sufficient change of clothes.
- Rubber boots.
- Swmming suit and sandals.
- Hat or cap.
- Insect repellent.
- Sun screen
- Basic first aid kit including oral rehydration solution.
- Water and water bottle.
- Hammonck and mosquito net.
- Use small denomination banknotes in pesos for your purchases and for paying ecotourism services in the indigenous communities. The nearest ATM is located in Leticia.