“Hi! What have you two been up to today?”
“We just got back from lunch in Peru.”
“Yeah? We just grabbed coffee in Brazil. Crazy, eh?”
This conversation took place at a hotel in Colombia.
Maybe I should back up a little.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while you might remember a series of posts I wrote about what to do in and around Bogotá, Colombia. (Click that link for a terrible of photo of me with the worst sunburn I’ve ever had, along with a video that has the worst music. 🙈😂) A year after my first trip, I returned to Colombia and spent a few days in Bogotá before flying to Leticia, Amazonas. As its name suggests, Leticia is located on the Amazon River. It’s the southernmost city of Colombia and is in the Department of Amazonas, part of Tres Fronteras, the point where Brazil, Peru, and Leticia meet.
We stayed at the Hotel Amazon B&B and as I looked through photos from Leticia I knew I had to write about our accommodation, just based on how many photos I have from the hotel alone. Also, this was a great place to stay! It was affordable and they took care of all the details for us. They have tours that you can choose from (each tour has its own cost, but again, it’s all affordable) and they arrange the tour guide, transportation, interpreter… everything.
We flew into Leticia in the afternoon and someone from the hotel picked us up at the airport. Once we arrived at the hotel we were handed glasses of fresh juice as we checked in. The hotel is small and quiet. It was a peaceful place to be when we weren’t out on a tour.
After we checked in, we settled into our bungalow. Each bungalow has a hammock and a place where you can dry your clothes. We didn’t actually use this, although we thought we would with the weather and the humidity. (This is actually where I camped out each night and hoped the wifi signal was strong enough to power the Bible app enough for me to do my Bible study.)
I was immediately enamored with the sky (surprise, surprise) and loved seeing all the parrots flying into Leticia as the sun began to set. (More on this soon.)
We decided our slow, travel day would be the perfect day to have a meal in either Brazil or Peru, so we told the front desk we’d like to have dinner in Tabatinga, Brazil. They found a restaurant for us and arranged transportation. On our way, our driver convinced us to stop for this Brazilian sweet treat. And by convinced I mean he basically said, “Hey, when we’re in Brazil do you want to try this thing…” and I was like, “Yes, I would. Give me all the experiences, thank you.” I don’t actually know what this is; some sort of fruity, frozen, parfait thing. It was good! When we were done we made our way to the restaurant. It was a cozy place with atmospheric lighting, which also means it wasn’t great lighting for photos. I enjoyed the food, but let’s be honest… I had dinner with Brazil. I don’t know what would have had to have happened in order for me to write anything negative about dinner.
Each morning that we were in Leticia we had breakfast at the hotel. Coffee, a bowl of fruit, fresh juice, eggs, cheese, and meat. It was always a nice array of food and set us up well for the day.
In addition to seating inside and outside each of the bungalows, there were plenty of places to sit and do whatever you wanted to do. I spent time out front and in various places on the grounds reading, writing, and drawing when we weren’t out on a tour.
There was also a refrigerator inside our bungalow, which we mostly used to store our pitcher of water and my foundation and mascara because… well, heat and humidity. I brought a water bottle with me and the hotel had a water supply where I could fill up before we left.
It was a nice place to be and as I looked at the tours I found so many more I would love to go on. If I ever return to Leticia, I would definitely stay here again.
I’m so excited to tell you more about Leticia! This city totally captured my heart and I think about it so, so often. If you’d like a sneak peek at what’s ahead, here’s a photo from the next day: