Iquitos (Peru) to Leticia (Colombia) and continue to Bogota

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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 because there are 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.

Update thanks to readers contribution: The border between Santa Rosa and Leticia is open again. You can take the fast ferry from Iquitos to Santa Rosa which currently only runs at night. The ferry departs around 5-6pm from Iquitos and arrives the next day around 6-7am in Santa Rosa. To get your exit stamp, go to the immigration which is open from 08:00-17:00, daily. Wifi and 3G/4G are terrible in Leticia, so make sure to prebook your flights. Many thanks for all contributions and please share your experience in a comment if you have anything to add.

2 ways to get from Iquitos to Leticia

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.

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Fast Boat12 hours160 Soles ($42)Read article for more info
Slow Boat3 days100 Soles ($28)Read article for more info
COVID-19 UPDATE: We couldn’t confirm the information on the Slow Boat. Currently (June 2022), it seems like only the Fast Boat is operating.

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 160 Soles ($28 – $42).

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 a 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 160 soles ($42). Tickets used to cost 240 Soles ($67), so it’s possible they are going to raise the fares again in the future.

Slow boats depart every evening apart from on Sundays, the fare is 100 Soles ($28).

Because 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.

Border crossing

The passport control in the areas of Leticia (Colombia), Santa Rosa (Peru) and Tabatinga (Brazil) are just basic checks which means you can move between the countries pretty easily.

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.

A little problem here could be the ferry schedule. Boats from Iquitos to Santa Rosa depart from 05:30 in the morning (not every day) and arrive about 12 hours later. However, the Immigration Office in Santa Rosa is open only from 09:00 to 18:00.

Normally you would be able to make it, but if the ferry is delayed, you’ll have to stay one night in Santa Rosa. The next morning, you will be able to get the stamp the next day and continue your journey from Santa Rosa to Leticia.

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.

Itinerary from Iquitos to Leticia

Iquitos to Leticia by Fast Ferry

Duration: 12 hours (approximately)
Cost: 160 Soles ($42)
Duration: 12 hours (approximately)
Cost: 160 Soles ($42)

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: 160 Soles ($42)
Duration: 12 hours (Approximately)
Cost: 160 Soles ($42)

Fast ferries depart from Iquitos every day from Tuesday to Sunday. You can pick between a 05:30 and a 06:00 departure.

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 because this 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 Schedules from Iquitos to Santa Rosa

Ferry OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
TransturEvery Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday,
departing 06:00
12 hours160 Soles ($42)
Golfinho*Every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday,
departing 05:30
12 hours160 Soles ($42)
FlipperEvery Wednesday, Friday, Sunday,
departing 06:00
12 hours160 Soles ($42)
*COVID-19 UPDATE: The Golfinho ferry has not yet resumed its operations.

Tickets can be bought at the ticket shop at Antonio Raimondi 384. Tickets used to cost 240 Soles ($67), so it’s possible fares will increase again in the future.

Step 2: Santa Rosa to Leticia

Duration: 10 minutes
Cost: 3 Soles ($1)
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. Leticia is right in front of Santa Rosa, so it takes about 10 minutes to cross the river.

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.

Iquitos to Leticia by Slow Boat

Duration: Approximately 3 days
Cost: 103 Soles ($29)
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. 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)
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. 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 schedule from Iquitos to Santa Rosa

Ferry OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
Ferry AmazonasEvery Monday to Saturday, departing 18:003 days100 Soles ($27)
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Step 2: Santa Rosa to Leticia

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

Travelling from Leticia to Bogota by Flight

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 220,000 COP ($49.50)700,000 COP ($155)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 220,000 COP ($49.50)700,000 COP ($155)

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 ($2.25)

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 because 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. Prices can double closer to the departure date.

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