Dangers & Annoyances
A long-standing military presence in the region has tried to keep Leticia/Tabatinga and the surrounding region safe, but there are issues. Former drug traffickers, guerrillas, paramilitaries and raspachines (coca-plant harvesters), reinserted into mainstream society and now living on the outskirts of Leticia and Puerto Nariño, run poker houses, brothels, dubious bars and the like. Don't wander outside these urban areas on your own at night, especially on Leticia's infamous 'Los Kilometros' road. In Peru, drug traffickers remain in business in this wayward corner of the country and have harassed tourists who've wandered off the beaten track. Tour operators and lodges in the region have been issued warnings about where they can and cannot bring tourists, so don't stray on your own beyond areas where local tourism guides normally operate.
Police The main police station.
Embassies & Consulates
Entry & Exit Formalities
Locals and foreigners may freely cross borders within an 80km radius of Leticia, but a passport is needed for points beyond.
Moving on from Colombia
If you plan on heading further afield, you must get your passport stamped at the Ministry of Foreign Relations office at Leticia's airport. Importantly, you must get a second stamp (from either the Brazilian or Peruvian authorities) within 24 hours, so plan carefully. If you have an early departure from Leticia by boat, you'll need to get your stamp at the airport the day before. Citizens of some countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, need a visa to enter Brazil and it may be costly. To avoid a lot of stress and heartache, it's strongly recommended to arrange your visa before arriving in the Amazon. But if you must, bring a passport photo and yellow fever vaccination certificate to the Brazilian Consulate. Processing time is one to three days, depending on volume. If you're coming from or going to Iquitos, get your entry or exit stamp at the Policía Internacional Peruviano (PIP) office on Isla Santa Rosa, the Peruvian island facing Leticia. Travelers coming here from Brazil who need a Colombian visa may obtain one at the Colombian consulate in Tabatinga.
If you need a Colombian visa extension, there is no need to pay an extension fee. Simply stamp out and head to Brazil or Peru for one day and return for a fresh 60-day stamp.
Sluggish internet speeds plague Leticia, though nearly every hotel and most restaurants have free wi-fi. You can buy Claro and Movistar SIM cards on Carrera 11 near the Museo Etnográfico Amazónico, though speeds are also very slow compared with elsewhere in the country. WhatsApp is heavily used.
There are ATMs in the town center, especially along Carrera 10 between Calles 7 and 10, and casas de cambio on Calle 8 between Carrera 11 and the market. Shop around; exchange rates vary.
4-72 Postal services.