ABSTRACT OF THE TOUR
This tour offers the complete spectrum of the Amazon. You have the possibility to explore the Amazon River and the Amazon Forest as well as getting to know the normal live in a small indigenous community. Exiting and at the same time profoundly relaxing days are waiting for you.
The indigenous village of Loma Linda is situated approximately 50 Minutes upstream taking a public boat from Leticia. It is a small indigenous community with 277 people. The vast majority of them belong to the Ticunan tribe that is why it is also called Mapw Meechi, which in their own language, called Ticuna, means Beautiful Hill.
In fact, when you arrive at the tiny port in front of the village you have to climb up a small hill upon the town of Loma Linda was founded in 1994. There for you waiting to explore you find a gorgeous, well-organized and unique little town. Just next to the jungle you will discover small wooden houses surrounded by fruit trees and flowering bushes, free walking chicken and dogs, little children playing in front of the houses, chatting families sitting outside underneath big trees, fisherman coming back from work shouldering their catch of the day, small family owned vegetable gardens surrounding the village and more…
Loma Linda is outstandingly well structured. For example, the people of the village come together every week to clean up and to do necessary maintenance. Furthermore, all the energy is coming from a solar power plant, which gives the village from 6 am to 10 pm green electricity not disturbing the sounds of nature. Due to their ambition, Loma Linda was able to build a well and a running water system giving all the families in Loma Linda fresh and even drinkable water.
This tour offers the most complete spectrum of the Amazon. As staying in Loma Linda gives you not only opportunity to spend a few days in an outstanding community within a wonderful local family; Robert the youngest son of the family welcomes you. With his vast knowledge of the forest and the experience, he was able to gain working for numerous tour operators in Leticia, he started in the beginning of 2017 their little family business.
From your very first moment, you feel at home and part of the family. You enjoy together with the rest of the family the delicious food of Regina the caring heart of the family. You listen to the stories of Hernando the family father, who himself founded this gorgeous place and who always is smiling. You will be sleeping in the house of Roberts’s older brother Oscar from where it is about 100 meters into the jungle.
Relaxing in a hammock in front of the house you can enjoy the sound of the nature and an amazing view. A few hours in this charming surrounding and you disconnect a hundred percent from anything which otherwise would keep your mind occupied. Despite from all this Loma Linda is just next to the Amazon River and the Amazon Jungle. Therefore, during your stay you can go out on the river in a traditional boat spotting grey and even the extraordinary pink dolphins and go fishing, trying to catch your own dinner. You can go hiking both during the day and even during the night to explore the local Flora and Fauna and learn from your guide what is to know about medical plants, poisonous animals, religious beliefs and survival in the jungle. Spiders, monkeys, electric eels, caimans, frogs, ants and much more are waiting for.
If you are up for even a bit more adventure, you can camp in the jungle. Around a campfire then you can get to know some traditional tales. Later you can enjoy a great dinner sitting in the middle of the Amazon Forest. When you go to bed you sleep with the sounds of countless insects, hundreds of frogs and maybe some night monkeys jumping in the canopy of the trees just above your heads. The next morning you wake up by the sounds of the countless birds giving a very special concert every day early in the morning.
We are sure that you will fall in love with this special place and its people because the very first time coming to Loma Linda this is what happened to us. You will not only take plenty of great memories back home you will also leave Loma Linda with the desire to come back!
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR?
The transport from Leticia to Loma Linda and the return, a person picks you up from the La Jangada and brings you back to us
All meals and drinks except from any alcoholic drinks
a translator if needed
a personal guide for the whole time of the tour
a health insurance
WHICH ACTIVITIES CAN YOU DO?
Fishing with fishing rod or traditional net
Hiking during the day and at night
Camping in the forest
Camping in the beach (just in the summer month possible)
Listening to traditional tales and histories
Cooking traditional dishes
Visiting the local primary school to share your culture or language
o Visiting the Monkey Island additional cost of 30.000 Pesos
o Visiting the community of El Progresso and Santa Sofia 5 mill
o Visiting the community of Mocagua to see the monkey sanctuary of Maikuchiga 150.000 Pesos per group (if you go Saturdays maybe reduced price)
o Visiting Puerto Nariño and the lake Tarapoto
PACKING LIST- WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE WIHT?
Please try to back light, everything you do not need we can safely store in the La Jangada.
light long cloth
rubber boots (you get those from La Jangada o directly in the community)
long socks for the rubber boots
flip flops or light shoes for the village
comfortable cloth for the village bathing cloth
a hat or cap for the sun
plastic backs for your cloth and valuables in case of rain during the hike
a rain coat or a second set of cloth to change them in case of rainfall