How To Get From Iquitos (Peru) to Leticia (Colombia) and continue to Bogota?

Leticia is the capital of Colombia’s Amazonian region. It is a small city, but thankfully it still has an airport to keep it connected to the rest of Colombia as there a no proper roads into the Amazon.

Although Leticia doesn’t have as much appeal as other Colombian cities, it is a common stop if you are travelling from Peru or Brazil and want to connect with other towns like Puerto Nariño. The city also gives you the chance to visit some of the local indigenous communities or you can simply use the city to fly to Bogota and continue your journey through Colombia.

The distance from Iquitos to Leticia is 372 kilometres (231 miles). Like in all the Amazonian regions, the main way of transportation and communication is the river, therefore, the only way to travel between them is by boat.

There are two types of ferries operating from Iquitos to Leticia: a fast one that lasts around 12 hours and a slow one that takes about 3 days. Both will drop you at Santa Rosa, a Peruvian Island right in front of Leticia. Fares range from 100 to 240 Soles ($28 – $67)

The difference between the two is that the fast boat is for passengers only, making only a few stops along the way, while the slow boat is a relatively big cargo ship that transports supplies and connects the local communities all along the river.

Fast ferries depart from Iquitos every morning from Tuesday to Sunday, with tickets costing 240 Soles ($67). Slow boats depart every evening apart from on Sundays, the fare is 100 Soles ($28).

As so many travellers decide to continue their travels to Bogota after they have arrived in Leticia, we have devoted a section of this guide to this additional step from Iquitos to Leticia.

Note on immigration: There is no strict passport control in the areas of Leticia (Colombia), Santa Rosa (Peru) and Tabatinga (Brazil), so you can move between the countries pretty easily. However, to continue your journey into any of these countries you must stamp your passport at each country’s immigration office. An exit stamp is valid for 24 hours until you get the entry stamp.

Santa Rosa’s immigration office is on the main street, 3 minutes walking from the main dock. In Colombia, the immigration office is located at Leticia’s airport.

Transport ModeSchedulesDurationCosts
Fast boatEvery day from Tuesday to Sunday at 06:0012 hours240 Soles ($67)
Slow boatEvery day from Monday to Saturday at 18:003 days100 Soles ($28)

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Iquitos to Leticia by Fast Ferry


Duration: 12 hours (Approximately)
Cost: 203 Soles ($68)

When travelling by fast ferry from Iquitos to Leticia, you first have to go to Santa Rosa. The fast ferries go along the Amazon River and connect Iquitos with the border town of Santa Rosa.

Once in Santa Rosa remember to get your passport stamped to show you’ve exited Peru before crossing the river to Leticia. The immigration office is very close to the arrival point of ferries.

Step 1: Iquitos to Santa Rosa

Duration: 12 hours (Approximately)
Cost: 240 Soles ($67)

Fast ferries depart from Iquitos every day from Tuesday to Sunday at 05:30 – 06:00.

You must buy your ticket the day before departure. All the ticket offices are located on Raimondi Street.

Ferries to Santa Rosa depart from Port Enapu. Your accommodation can arrange a bike or taxi to take you, as it is early in the morning.

You will be dropped at Santa Rosa’s main dock where you then need to follow the only street to the immigration office.

Ferry OperatorSchedulesDurationCostsTicket Shop
TransturTuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 06:0012 hours240 Soles ($67)Antonio Raimondi 384
GolfinhoWednesday, Friday, Sunday 05:3012 hours240 Soles ($67)Antonio Raimondi 384
FlipperWednesday, Friday, Sunday 06:0012 hours240 Soles ($67)Antonio Raimondi 384

Step 2: Santa Rosa to Leticia

Duration: 10 minutes
Cost: 3 Soles ($1)

After you stamp your passport at the immigration office, return to the dock and look for one of the small speedboats. Just say Leticia and they will know where to go. It takes about 10 minutes to cross the river as Leticia is right in front of Santa Rosa.

The boat will drop you at the dock in front of Leticia’s central market. From there you can walk for 10 minutes to the main square or take a moto-taxi, a tuk-tuk or a taxi to your hotel.

Remember you have until the next day to get your entry stamp into Colombia on your passport at Leticia’s airport.

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Iquitos to Leticia by Slow Boat


Duration: Approximately 3 days
Cost: 103 Soles ($29)

As with the fast boats, the slow boats also travel from Iquitos to Leticia via Santa Rosa, where you must then cross the river to get to Leticia.

The ferry price is all inclusive but do not expect any luxury. Also, travelling time is approximate as it depends on the weather and the number/duration of stops on the way.

Step 1: Iquitos to Santa Rosa

Duration: Approximately 3 days
Cost: 100 Soles ($28)

To travel from Iquitos to Santa Rosa you must first buy your ticket on the same day of departure at the ticket office located on Port Enapu. Boats depart from this port every day at 18:00, except for Sundays.

Note that you must bring your own hammock and ropes to hang it, as well as a container for serving your food (a plate or a tupperware) and your own cutlery. All of this can be purchased in Iquitos for a low cost.

The menu aboard can be repetitive and not abundant, so it is recommended to pack some snacks and fruits. You must also bring a good water supply, mosquito repellent and toilet paper.

The boat makes around 20 stops along the way, with some stops lasting several hours. This means you get the chance to buy some food and water on the way too.

These ships use the lower decks to carry all sorts of merchandise and the upper decks are for passengers. You’ll need to choose the spot you want and hang your hammock, which will be your ‘seat’ for the next few days.

The ship has power outlets, but you’ll have to share them with the rest of the passengers. Also, try not to leave your stuff unattended, especially valuables and electronics, as you can’t guarantee it will be there when you get back.

You will be dropped at Santa Rosa’s main dock where you can follow the only street to the immigration office.

Ferry OperatorSchedulesDurationCostsSchedule
Amazon FerriMonday to Saturday 18:003 days100 Soles ($27)Port Enapu

Step 2: Santa Rosa to Leticia

Duration: 10 minutes
Cost: 3 Soles ($1)

After you stamp your passport at the immigration office, return to the dock and look for one of the small speedboats. Just say Leticia and they will take you. It takes about 5 minutes to cross the river as Leticia is right in front of Santa Rosa.

The boat will drop you at the dock in front of Leticia’s central market. From there you can walk for 10 minutes to the main square or take a moto taxi, a tuk-tuk or a taxi to your hotel.

Remember you have until the next day to get your entry stamp into Colombia on your passport at Leticia’s airport.

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Travelling from Leticia to Bogota by Flight


Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 220,000 COP ($60) – 700,000 COP ($200)

After you arrive in Leticia you may want to continue your journey further into Colombia. Leticia is only connected with the rest of the country by its airport and the only route offered by commercial flights is to Bogota.

Leticia’s airport, Alfredo Vasquez Cobo (LET), is located in the city’s northern area, not far from the city centre. To get there you can take a taxi or tuk-tuk for around 10,000 COP ($2.90)

There are two airlines travelling from Leticia to Bogota: Avianca and Latam. Their service is fairly good and pretty similar in terms of quality.

Note that this route is in high demand, as this is the only way the region is connected with all other cities. It is highly recommended to book some weeks in advance to get the best rates, as prices can double closer to the departure date.

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