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This trip is designed to explore two vastly different areas of the Amazon region of Colombia in order to maximize the diversity of butterflies seen.
The trip will begin and end in Bogotá.
  • From Bogotá, we will venture into the Amazon River Basin to explore sections of the Amazon river and its tributaries.
  • The second half of the trip is devoted to exploring various altitudes of the Andean-Amazonian mountains in the vicinity of the town of Mocoa (Putumayo).
Trip Dates:
September 15-28, 2022, registration cutoff is August 15 at 10:00 pm EST
  • Explore the Amazon River Basin, sections of the Amazon river, and its tributaries.
  • Visit Puerto Nariño, a car free town located on the banks of the Tarapoto River, a tributary of the Amazon River, approximately 75 km upriver from Leticia.
  • Visit the the town of Mocoa. 
  • Explore the amazing region of Colombia where the Andes meet the Amazon Plain.


Day 1

Arrival in Bogotá

Arrive at El Dorado airport in Bogotá. We will spend the evening in a comfortable hotel, Hotel El Campin.

Day 2

Fly to Leticia

We will spend the morning exploring downtown Bogotá and then head to the airport for a late morning flight to Leticia, the capital of Amazonas Department. Arriving in Leticia in mid-afternoon we will settle into our hotel and at dusk we will go out for dinner and drinks at a restaurant that serves food representative of the Amazon region.

Day 3

Tarapoto River

After breakfast, we will venture to the town of Puerto Nariño, known as “the manger of the Amazon”. Puerto Nariño is a car free town located on the banks of the Tarapoto River, a tributary of the Amazon River, approximately 75 km upriver from Leticia. After depositing our luggage at our hotel, we will set out into the forest in search of butterflies. In the evening we will look for dinner and drinks in a typical restaurant of the region.

Day 4-6

Puerto Nariño and the Amacayacu River

We will explore different localities of the region focusing on the areas surrounding Puerto Nariño and the Amacayacu River. We typically set out after breakfast (around 8:00 am) and are usually in the field until 3 pm. After arriving at the hotel in the afternoon we usually will have some leisure time for a shower and rest or to review photos from the day.

Day 7

Isla Mocagua

After breakfast, we board our river taxi to Leticia with a stop at Mocagua Island. On Isla Mocagua we can find species associated with flood zones. After a morning of photographing butterflies on the island, we will return to Leticia for the evening where we will enjoy a typical Amazonas dinner.

Day 8

Return to Bogotá

In the morning, while waiting for our flight, we will explore downtown Leticia. After browsing the local shops and artisan market for Amazonian souvenirs we will take a flight to Bogotá, and spend the night back at Hotel El Campin.

Day 9

Arrive in Mocoa

After breakfast, we will depart for the airport and take an internal flight to our second destination: the town of Villa Garzón (Putumayo). We will base our explorations for the next 3 days in the vicinity of the town of Mocoa.

Day 10-12

Explore Mocoa

During the next 3 days, we will visit places at different altitudes around Mocoa, between 400 and 1100 meters. Every day we will see one or two locations. The activities will begin after breakfast (8 am) and we will be in the field until around 3-4pm.

Day 13

Back to Bogotá

In the morning on our way back to Bogotá we will make a stop to explore some of the forest at the foot of the mountains surrounding the city. In the afternoon we continue on to Bogotá.

Day 14

Flights home today

Flights home today. For those with an afternoon flight home you may want to join us as we visit one or two of the sites and museums within walking distance of our hotel, such as the Plaza de Bolívar or the Gold Museum. We may also visit one of the most representative places of the Colombian capital, the hill of Monserrate.

The prices include the following:
  • Guiding services
  • Entry fees into reserves and parks
  • All planned meals and tips at restaurants
  • Hotel nights on the itinerary
  • In-country transportation.
The prices do not include the following:
  • International flights.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Phone calls, laundry or other items of a personal nature.
  • Tips at hotels or guides.

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  • Pricing Name Amazon and Amazon Basin Butterfly Adventure
    Start Thursday May 26, 2022
    End Thursday May 26, 2022
    1 - 8 Pax

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Please plan your arrival flight into Bogotá's El Dorado international airport.

Assistance can be provided to arrange a hotel stay in Bogotá for those arriving prior to our start date or those departing after our end date.

The Colombian peso is the country's legal tender. It is generally identified with the abbreviation COP, and you'll find that the official peso symbol ($) is used locally.
A wide selection of banknotes and coins are used. You will find 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 peso coins and 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 peso banknotes. The exchange rate is 1 US Dollar to about 3400 COP.

DeVries, Philip. 1987. The Butterflies of Costa Rica and their Natural History. Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Garwood and Guillermo. Butterfly Catalogs. https://www.butterflycatalogs.com/

Glassberg, Jeffrey. A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico and Central America.

McMullan, Miles. 2018. Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia. Editorial Delfin S.A.S.

Each client is solely responsible for bringing an ample supply of their personal meds, if taken. On occasion, however, if someone forgets their meds we can often find something nearly identical in local pharmacies.

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