There’s only one place in the world in which you can wake up to a dark roast Colombian coffee, cross the river and lunch on fresh Peruvian ceviche and then be in Brazil for a samba show in the evening—the Tres Fronteras region, centered on the Colombian town of Leticia.
This dynamic triple border also happens to be in the middle of the Amazon rainforest and right on the banks of the mightiest river in the world, meaning beyond the colorful cultural kaleidoscope of three of South America’s most fascinating countries, tons of epic outdoor adventures await intrepid explorers as well. In fact, with new low cost daily direct flights from Bogota, Colombia’s mountain high capital, Leticia may just be the best jumping off point for exploring the most bio-diverse ecosystem on earth possible.
Sporting a tree-filled main plaza where thousands of bright green parrots arrive en masse to roost every evening at dusk, darkening the sky like a living cloud, Leticia is magical from the get-go. Accommodations in town range from the stately Hotel Anaconda, which overlooks the bustling port area to El Hostel, where backpackers will find comrades and connections. Along the only road out of Leticia, the Carretera, visitors have the option of staying in jungle lodges like Omshanty, located across from a Huitoto indigenous community and a short walk from a nice swimming hole in the Tacana River.
Ocean Malandra is a freelance writer that divides his time between Northern California and South America. When not searching for lost hangover cures in the Amazon rainforest, he can usually be found in random cafes sucking up the wifi.