Colombia·November

Amazon Jungle Adventure

The best Amazon Jungle adventure in South America.

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Overview

Do you have what it takes to tackle the Amazon Challenge? Fancy competing in our own version of the indigenous olympics? Or how about rubbing shoulders with some pink dolphins? Keen to dodge piranhas as you paddle downstream? Do you often have vivid dreams about hammocks? Do you like to take your adventure with a spoonful of ‘oomph’? If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above, it sounds like you were born for the Amazon Challenge. Our Amazon Rainforest Challenge is the ultimate bucket list adventure holiday in South America. Your starting point for this Amazon Challenge is the Colombian town of Leticia, a hidden gem nestled between Colombia, Peru and Brazil in the area known as Tres Fronteras. Traversing through jungle and river from the corner of the Colombian Amazon to Peru and Brazil, this is the kind of adventure you’ll tell your grandkids about, and then they’ll tell their grandkids, etc. Do this, and you will become a family legend, and your photograph will be passed down from generation to generation. Probably. Using dugout canoes, kayaks, your own two feet, and Amazonian long boats, you’ll have to employ your cunning and resourcefulness to get to where you’re going. You’ll be tackling some of the least-visited parts of the Amazon Rainforest alongside other teams, completing daily challenges and enjoying the comfort of our exceptional jungle accommodation when night falls. It’s the best jungle adventure trip in South America. Period.

Highlights

Challenges

Challenges

Like Apocalypto, but less scary. Bring it on.

If you ever watched Indiana Jones navigate his way through treacherous jungle, dodging snakes and piranhas and looking badass, and thought, ‘Pfft, I could do that’ – now’s the time to prove it. Introducing our Amazon Challenge.

Adventure

Adventure

Imagine yourself in the jungle, miles from anywhere, stuck in a dugout canoe, hoping that thing floating nearby is a log and not a caiman, and trying to find a hidden lake where your only hope of progressing is to search out your next clue. Imagine an 8-day trip from Leticia in the Colombian Amazon, paddling in local canoes and Amazonian longboats, completing crazy challenges and sleeping in hammocks beneath the trees.

Danger?

Danger?

Not really, but it will definitely be challenging. Dealing with heat, humidity and creepy crawlies is the big thing, but you’ll definitely make it out in one piece. If you’re sensible, cautious and responsible you’ll be fine. Besides, we will have a serious crew looking after you – which includes medical personnel.

Experience the Adventure

Schedule

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DAY 1

Arrival Leticia

Tribe: Ticuna

Accommodation: Utane Hotel

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DAY 2

Km 18

Tribe: Bora

Accommodation: Indiginous Maloca

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DAY 3

Jungle

Tribe: Bora/Ticuna

Accommodation: Jungle (Hammocks)

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DAY 4

Jungle

Tribe: Ticuna

Accommodation: Jungle (Hammocks)

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DAY 5

Island

Tribe: Yaguas

Accommodation: Jungle (Hammocks)

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DAY 6

Island

Tribe: Yaguas

Accommodation: Jungle (Hammocks)

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DAY 7

Island

Tribe: Yaguas

Accommodation: Jungle (Hammocks)

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DAY 8

Leticia

Tribe: Ticuna

Accommodation: Utane Hotel

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DAY 9

Depart Leticia

Tribe: Ticuna

Accommodation: N/A

What's Included

What's Included

Ground and boat transportation for the duration of the Challenge.

Accommodation for 2 people (8 nights) in double, twin or shared basis. Camping gear and hammocks also provided. You mainly sleep in a jungle camp.

Activities; indigenous Olympics (blow pipe, Diwe, canoeing, swimming), kayaking, piranha fishing, trekking, cultural challenges, bird watching, pink dolphin spotting, night walks, nocturnal cayman spotting.

8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 8 dinners plus snacks and water throughout the Challenge.

Challenge logistics & legal (medical & support team, luggage boat, permits).

Welcome Pack (walkie-talkie, map, t-shirt, event bag, phrase book, navigational sheets). Gumboots also provided.

Emergency & Medical travel insurance for the duration of the Challenge.

Airport transfers.

Awards ceremony & farewell party.

10 % contribution to our Meaningful Travel projects.

Flights and visas.

Tourism tax in Leticia (approx. £15).

Day to day costs (approx. £15 per day for anything not incl. and drinks on the days you are not in the jungle).

The Amazon

Why is the Amazon so damn amazing?

How much time do you have? It’s the world longest river and largest rainforest. It’s home to hundreds of friendly indigenous tribes, some of whom have had very little contact with the outside world. Some of the rainforest you’ll be trekking through has hardly seen another human in its lifetime. And it’s home to dozens of amazing creatures straight out of a David Attenborough documentary. If you want remote, crazy adventure – this is where you go.

The Amazon

Trip Tips

What do I need to bring?

What do I need to bring?

Well it´s going be pretty hot and humid in the Amazon Rainforest. Expect rainfall, and plenty of mosquitoes and tarantulas as big as your face (we’re just kidding – they’re more like hand size). Make sure to bring your travel essentials and whatever you think might make your long days more comfortable and entertaining. For everything else we’ll send you a Survival challenge kit list before you depart.

What activities will there be?

What activities will there be?

indigenous Olympics (blow pipe, Diwe, canoeing, swimming), kayaking, piranha fishing, trekking, cultural challenges, bird watching, pink dolphin spotting, night walks, nocturnal cayman spotting.

Reviews

MikeKicktheGrind1

Putting the race aside for a second, the Amazon Challenge was the most authentic trip I have been on in my life as a traveller. You go DEEP into places few have ventured, and really feel like you’re getting the full experience. Its a great mix of challenge and immersion.

Mike Corey (Canadian), Team Kick the Grind

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We expected hikes in the jungle and walks through local villages, but we couldn’t have dreamed of falling in love with the daily thunderstorms (which luckily rarely impacted our plans) and falling asleep to the water drop songs of the backpacker birds. The trip was an amazing lesson in the power of nature and how people are able thrive in the most challenging of conditions.

Jessica Rader (American), Team Porque No?

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What can I say…the trip of a lifetime! The Amazon Challenge has a similar feel to the other Large Minority adventures – great group of people organizing and attending, authentic activities that bring us closer to the culture we are visiting, challenges that push us mentally and physically.

Ryan Beall (American), Juan’s Kneken boat rentals, a MoMieux enterprise

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Jungle Camps

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FAQs

We will divide the whole group in different teams. Apparently there is no ‘I’ in it.

Unfortunately, no. Only because each leg will start from the hotel / over-night stop and the idea is to share our challenging travel experience together. Most importantly you wouldn’t want to miss out on each night’s social gatherings…

Yep, you’ve got to be at least 18 years old in order to compete. We don’t have a maximum age, but if you’re over 65 we definitely recommend checking with your insurer to make sure you qualify for the medical insurance you’ll need to take part. The Challenge is pretty physically tough – we won’t sugar-coat it. You should really only take part if you’re in good physical shape and your health is A-Okay.

Well it´s going be pretty hot and humid in the Amazon Rainforest. Expect rainfall, and plenty of mosquitoes and tarantulas as big as your face (we’re just kidding – they’re more like hand size). Make sure to bring your travel essentials and whatever you think might make your long days more comfortable and entertaining. For everything else we’ll send you a Survival challenge kit list before you depart.

Each day your bags will be transferred from point to point on a dry boat meaning if all goes to plan (it will go to plan) then you will have a nice and dry set of clothes to put on every day and night. You will however, have to carry your own bags from time to time, so we definitely recommend packing light and bringing a backpack with a rainproof cover.

Not really, but it will definitely be challenging. Dealing with heat, humidity and creepy crawlies is the big thing, but you’ll definitely make it out in one piece. If you’re sensible, cautious and responsible you’ll be fine. Besides, we will have a serious crew looking after you – which includes medical personnel.

As you can imagine, the Amazon is a challenging place where you need to be flexible, open-minded and well prepared. In certain places there is only limited electricity and in others none at all. We have selected accommodation that will always be clean, but due to a lack of infrastructure in the area, hot water, A/C and even fans are sometimes a luxury.

Emergency medical insurance is included in the trip price, however general travel insurance is not. We strongly recommended to protect against all the ways travel can go wrong. 

Teams have used Campbell Irvine in the past for this however please do shop around.  

Definitely! We love to see teams going the extra mile to raise money for charity. Just be aware that this challenge is different to our other challenges and there are not tuk-tuks for your branding. If you need more info on this, just let us know.

Easy peasy. Here’s how:

  1. Signup.
  2. Pay your initial deposit.

Once you’ve done all that successfully, we’ll send you an email with lots of exclamation marks confirming your team’s availability.

Once your registration is locked and loaded, we’ll email you and ask you to provide us with:

  1. A passport copy for each team member (we promise not to laugh at the photos).
  2. Your arrival and departure details.

We’ll double check all these docs on the ground, so please bring copies with you.

30 days before the Challenge starts.

Nope. We’ll provide the sleeping bags and the marshmallows as necessary. However it might be good to bring a torch.

Ah visas, our old nemesis. Most countries can get a 30-day tourist visa on arrival. For more info click here. Visas to enter Peru and Brazil are not required in the Amazon three border triangle ‘tres fronteras’ due to a special treaty. Nice one.

We try to stick to the original route and accommodation as much as possible, but they can be subject to change from time to time. We’ve got more info in our Ts & Cs.

Not really. This isn’t Times Square, if you catch our drift. As with most South American countries, local food, drinks etc. are pretty cheap. Some western luxuries can be a little pricey, but still reasonable by home standards.

Only in Leticia and it’s very slow. Like Amazon slow. We recommend getting a local SIM card with a 4G package (which works in a few areas).

90% of the Colombian population is Catholic. Some of the indigenous communities in the Amazon follow Catholicism, however others follow different ancestral beliefs.

Spanish and Portuguese, plus various indigenous dialects. If you meet a long lost tribe and greet them with a ‘Sup?’ they probably won’t understand.

It’s very important that you have a stash of Colombian pesos for the trip. ATM’s and Currency Exchange Offices are available in Leticia. Nuevos Soles (Peruvian currency) and Reales (Brazilian currency) can be used too, however Colombian Pesos are widely accepted in these countries. ATM access in the jungle is limited, to say the least. We recommend that you bring enough cash for the entire duration of the trip.

Hot, humid and jungle-y, but not unbearable. Usually anything from 25 to 38 Degrees Celsius.

This is completely up to you (and your doc), but generally it’s a good idea to be up-to-date with standard vaccinations like Tetanus, Hap A and Polio. Other jabs to consider are Tuberculosis, Meningitis and Typhoid and Yellow Fever is recommended. Anti-malaria meds might also be a good idea. If in doubt, check with your GP.

Most of you will have to fly to Bogota first and then connect to Leticia. We recommend flying with Avianca or Latam. Alfredo Vasquez Cobo Airport is a 10-minute ride to the starting hotel.

How much time do you have? It’s the world longest river and largest rainforest. It’s home to hundreds of friendly indigenous tribes, some of whom have had very little contact with the outside world. Some of the rainforest you’ll be trekking through has hardly seen another human in its lifetime. And it’s home to dozens of amazing creatures straight out of a David Attenborough documentary. If you want remote, crazy adventure – this is where you go.

  • Only 10% deposit required to signup.
  • Outstanding amount is required 45 days before the start of the Challenge.
  • 45+ days before the challenge starts: Loss of deposit
  • 44-30 days before the challenge starts: 50%
  • 29 days or less before the challenge starts: 100% 

For more information please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions.

Dates

November 6 - 14 2021

Colombia·8 nights

FROM$2600

November 5 - 13 2022

Colombia·8 nights

FROM$2666

Amazon Jungle Adventure

Colombia·November·8 nights

FROM$2600