The Calanoa Project is an initiative that aims to contribute to the conservation of biological and cultural diversity in the Amazon region by providing a setting that integrates art, design, architecture, scientific research, communication, community education and sustainable tourism. It is aiming to work with the indigenous villages that are around the Amacayacu Natural park, supporting educational processes, conservation of biological resources, sustainable economic practices and the preservation of ancestral knowledge and cultural practices. This way they think they can offer the best Leticia amazon tours.
They are working on a beautiful project with the Mocagua village, as they are going to have a collective mural painting project of all the facades of the village's houses, with their traditional motives. They will include a visit to the village on the tours. Mocagua is going to be the most colorful village in the whole region!
Calanoa provides an ideal setting for the development and implementation of innovative design for the humid tropics. The buiding of the settlement has been a laboratory for natural and sustainable architecture, research into traditional techniques, local materials, wood and natural fibers, raw earth and ceramic, landscape architecture, alternative energies and water treatment. They are very conscious of the fragility of the place, so their place is (and is always going to be) small and sustainable, to minimize impact
The hub of this conservation project is 125 acres of land - the starting point for a natural reserve and a collection of tropical fruits, medicinal and useful Amazonian plants for a self-sufficient settlement. Hundreds of hardwood trees, fruits and palms have been planted in order to supply food, fibres and building materials.
A grid of trails is in place and next year a wildlife observation tower will facilitate the study and contemplation of the forest for researchers and visitors.
Most of the food supplies are local, or grown on the reserve, they harvest rain water, it has been built with local materials, and every tree harvested for building has been replaced by at least 20 new ones. They have a close relationship with the neighbouring communities, so they benefit the most from the tourist operation, and they are contributing through their foundation to the conservation of the aboriginal cultures and the forest that supports us all.
The visitors’ cabins have a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a loft, with a capacity for 6 people each. The cabins are fully covered with mosquito screen, and each bed has its own mosquito net for extra protection from bugs. A board path connects the cabins with the dining/social pavilion, and has an observation platform ideal for birds and monkeys watching.
Below is a sample itinerary.
We can also offer 3, 5 or more days
Day 1: Travel day Bogota-Leticia
Arrival at Leticia to start your Colombia Amazon tour. Here an English-speaking guide will meet you. Transfer to the port and then by boat up the Amazon River to Calanoa (1:30 hour), a natural reserve located on the banks of the Amazon River, 60 km west of Leticia, beside the Amacayacu Natural Park and several indigenous communities of the Tikuna people.The Calanoa Natural Reserve is at the very heart of the Amazon rainforest, yet easy to access, and its surroundings are an endless source of marvel. It is a low-impact, small-scale settlement.
Welcome refreshments and guided visit to the Reserve's fruit garden and buildings, with an explanation of the Calanoa project concepts of sustainable design. Dinner. Night walk into the forest of the reserve, with local guides, to spot frogs and insects.
Day 2: Calanoa
Morning: breakfast. Visit to the village of Mocagua. Back to the lodge, lunch will be served, with local produce and traditional food, Calanoa style. The kitchen is open for guests to visit it and participate in the preparation of food. This is an opportunity to know local produce and cooking techniques.
Afternoon: Exploration of the Reserve, with indigenous guides, crossing to the Matamata creek, at the edge of the Amacayacu National Park, observing the extraordinary diversity of plants and animals. If the water level allows, return at dusk to the lodge by boat, drifting down the creek and listening to the sounds of the forest. Dinner.
Day 3: Calanoa-Canopying-Dolphins
Trekking in Mocagua Island (or, if the water level is high -November to June- it can be done with canoe in a lagoon inside the island, or paddling into the forest) Return for lunch in Calanoa. Afternoon: crossing the Amazon to the Peruvian shore, to spot pink dolphins. Dinner.
Day 4: Return to Leticia
Early breakfast in Calanoa. Boat trip down the Amazon to Leticia
2016 Prices per group (not per person) in US$:
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"Just to let you know we had an outstanding experience. It was far beyond what we expected. We will return for sure. All staff is amazing and our tour in Leticia with Gabriel was enjoyable." Oscar
"The Amazon was absolutely amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the Calanoa Lodge. Elvis our guide was fabulous as were all the support staff at this exquisite place in paradise. We would not hesitate to recommend both your services as well as Calanoa to anybody wanting to visit such a beautiful place on earth - many thanks for your help in choosing this lodge!" Kind regards, PAUL
"Our guide Elvis was spectacular, and the folks at the lodge were incredibly thoughtful. The food was awesome,,,," Gary
"The trip was amazing, we all liked it very much. The travel arrangements, "hotel", activities etc. were very well organised and structured.. Our guide Hernan, did a very good job and his English level was excellent. The personnel at Calanoa lodge were very helpful, and they really wanted us to enjoy our time there - high service level! Furthermore it was very quiet at the lodge, very private, and we could relax. Many thanks for all your help!!!" Johanna