Contact and location

Marlene & Diego Samper

(Colombia) 57-350 316 7210

426 30 96 Bogotá

57-311 842 43 92

1 604 628 4497 (North America)

Please contact us for additional information on our plans, workshops or the Calanoa Foundation.

A previous reservation is required before your visit.


Visitors information: what to bring? please download the instructions here


Calanoa is located in the middle course of the Amazon River, 60 km from Leticia, 1,100km (2-hours flight) from Bogotá, Colombia, 310 km from Iquitos, Peru, 1,160 km from Manaus, Brazil, 3,360 km from the mouth of the Amazon and 3,660 km from its source.

There are public and private boat services to get to Calanoa from Leticia.

70 14 W 3 50 S


Calanoa is at the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but still easy to access. At the banks of the Amazon river, at the border between Colombia, Brazil and Peru, it is 60 Km. upriver from Leticia, the Colombian Amazon province’s capital. With 50 hectares of forest, Calanoa is a private natural reserve besides the Amacayacu National Park and the indigenous Tikuna village of Mocagua. Four other Tikuna villages are in the immediate area, Macedonia, El Vergel, Palmeras and San Martin de Amacayacu.

Calanoa is a small scale settlement that strives to develop a self sufficient way of living that minimize the impact on the place. We are working hard to make the place comfortable for visitors and long term residents,. The buildings are done with local materials and techniques, and the cabins are built on stilts, palm roofs and with mosquito screens, to provide safety, comfort, natural lighting and ventilation.

Rainwater is collected and filtered to provide the water supply needed. We advise visitors to make use of it sparingly. Even in the rain forest, clean, purified water is a limited resource. Drinking water is supplied.
There is a limited electric power supply, a hybrid system of solar and fuel-generator. We intent to be in the future self-sufficient on this aspect. Meanwhile, the actual system provides the basic needs for lighting and rechargeable batteries.

Preparation and equipment

Health: Bring your personal medicines; have in mind anti-allergic and antifungal drugs. Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory. In Colombia and many other countries it is applied at airports and it should be done at least 10 days before the trip.
Bring insect repellent. To avoid sun burns bring sun cream (at least SPF 15).

Luggage: a light backpack and a daypack are enough. The daypack should be enough to carry what you need for walks and outings.
It is recommended that you wear light, casual clothes. It is desirable that your clothes may dry quickly (jeans take too long to dry). Light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight and help to avoid insects.
A pair of waterproof boots with gripping soles. You can buy rubber boots in Leticia up to size 42, or we can lend them. Please let us know in advance about your size. we have from size 37 to 44. No kids sizes.
A pair of comfortable closed shoes, long and short sleeve shirts, t-shirts and pants. Sweater or pullover, waterproof hat.
Poncho or lightweight waterproof jacket.
Bathing suit, water shoes, beach wrap.
Important: Bring a good torch and spare batteries. If you are an avid reader, a headlamp is very useful at night. Those with red mode are specially useful outside, as they don’t attract bugs.
Canteen / Water bottle. We try to avoid plastic disposable bottles.
Bring your camera and some spare batteries. Pack your equipment properly. Try using silica gel and zipper-lock bags to keep your equipment dry. Batteries can be recharged with our solar power plant.

Different sizes of zipper-lock bags; they help to protect equipment and documents from water and humidity or to separate damp from dry clothes. These bags are also useful for packing rubbish during the journeys.

CASH: bring sufficient pocket money in small denomination in Colombian pesos. There are cash machines in Leticia. They accept Visa credit cards and most of the global networks debit cards. There are also bureaux de change. If you bring dollars, make sure you get bank notes in very good condition; otherwise they will be rejected in the money exchange offices in Leticia. There is no banking machines nor money exchange offices close to Calanoa

A comprehensive insurance cover for loss, robbery, illness and accident is recommended.

At the end of your trip to the jungle parts of your clothing or your rubber boots may become useless to you but it may represent nice presents for the people you meet along the way.

During your stay in Calanoa, please follow these instructions:
Rubber boots are your best tool in the Amazon; use them always when you are outside so you can play in the mud pools. But please, take them out when you go into your cabin or the dining room. Leave your boots outside your cabin; the best way is to keep one into the other. When you use them again please check them inside for unwelcome visitors.

Please avoid throwing toilet paper into the flush toilets, as they drain to a septic tank. Use the baskets beside.

You can have alcoholic drinks. We have beer and wine for sale, but for your security no more than three drinks per night: we don’t want you happily swimming in the Amazon at night!

When you are in the boat always wear the life jacket we will provide.

Our employees are identified with a t-shirt with the Calanoa logo. They are able to answer your questions in Spanish, Tikuna, and some of them in English.
For our excursions please bring a small backpack with rain gear, insect repellent, water bottle, flash light, snacks and a big amount of curiosity. don’t forget your hat. The adrenaline will be provided by the place.

Please, in the trails follow the guide's instructions to minimize the impact of your visit. Leave back only your footprints.

And please, don’t smoke indoors.

Have lots of fun!



Sustainability Commitment - Social Responsibility

”We recline exploitation, pornography, sexual tourism and any sexual abuse with minor child and we contribute to Law 679 of 2001 compliance”
“We safeguard the country’s Fauna & Flora according to the Law 599 of 2000 Art. 328, any case of traffic will be denounced"
“Say no to the traffic of cultural properties, be careful with history”