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.
Calanoa Lodge provides an ideal setting for the development and implementation of innovative design for the humid tropics. The building 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.
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the reserve, they harvest rain water, it has been built with local materials, and every tree harvested for building has been replaced by at least 20 new ones.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.
This award-winning lodge is a boutique hotel with only 8 cabins designed by artist Diego Samper, each one is a piece of art, and decorated to not only be very comfortable but also very beautiful. You will have the feeling of sleeping in the jungle surrounded by trees whilst being completely protected from the environment.( The cabins are fully covered with mosquito screen, and each bed has its own mosquito net for extra protection from bugs).
They are proud to serve only local foods most of which have been grown in their own garden. The dishes blend traditional cooking methods of the area with a playful curiosity to introduce new styles and techniques to enhance your palate's experience. The diet is based on corn, rice, plantain, exotic fruits, unique spices, local wild-fish, chicken, handmade breads baked in their own wood-burning oven, and grains. They can accommodate vegetarians, vegans, and guests with food intolerance to wheat or other specific preferences and needs. All the guests seat together around a large wooden table and each meal becomes a stimulating dinner party.
The Amazon rainforest, often referred to as the "Lungs of the Earth," plays a vital role in global climate regulation, biodiversity conservation, and cultural diversity. However, it faces unprecedented challenges such as deforestation, habitat loss, and the impacts of climate change. The Calanoa Foundation, driven by a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, has embarked on a journey of innovation and collaboration to tackle these challenges. It is with great pleasure that they act upon these matters and present a series of transformative projects, listed below, initiated by their foundation in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Your support is greatly appreciated.
"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
"It was great; we didn't see caiman unfortunately but loved it all the same. Really enjoyed it. Thanks. " Paul
"Everything went as smooth as clockwork – thanks. The lodge is wonderful and our guests were brilliant and so helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The location, accommodation, food, daily activities and people were all first class." Tony
"Our time in the Lodge was amazing. Eliseo was a wonderful guide. We had a great time with him. His explanations and his knowledge were awesome. Furthermore it was really cool to spent time with him. I would highly recommend and actively seek him for any further trip." Max
ACCOMMODATION.BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND DINNER (THE EXPERIENCE BEGINS WITH DINNER AND ENDS WITH BREAKFAST). DRINKING WATER THROUGHOUT THE STAY. TWO ACTIVITIES PER RESERVED NIGHT (JUNGLE, RIVER, AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES). THEY OFFER DIVERSE ACTIVITIES AND CAN TAILOR UNIQUE EXPERIENCES. PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED EXPERIENCES MENU. SPANISH-SPEAKING GUIDES. TRANSPORTATION FOR THE EXPERIENCES. TAXES.
Rates do not include:
AIRFARE TO LETICIA. PAYMENT FOR TOURISM TAX UPON ENTERING LETICIA ($30,000 COP). TRANSPORTATION TO THE RESERVE (LETICIA-CALANOA-LETICIA). ACTIVITIES SUCH AS THE AMAZONIAN SPA. GUIDES IN OTHER LANGUAGES. VISIT PUERTO NARIÑO, LAKE TARAPOTO, AND MAIKUCHIGA WHICH REQUIRE ENTRANCE FEES BY THE COMMUNITIES. TIPS. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
2023 - 2024 Prices in US$ (subject to currency exchange fluctuations):
Cabins with jungle view Acapú and Yaí (capacity up to 4 people): Single traveler: $437.00 per night per person. Two or more passengers: $194.00 per night per person.
Junior suite cabins Arazá and Agua with river view (capacity up to 3 people): Single traveler: $500.00 per night per person. Two to three passengers: $250.00 per night per person.
Family cabins Mirití, Caraná, Iraka, and Toé (capacity 6-7 people): Single traveler: $625.00 per night per person. Two passengers: $312.00 per night per person. 3 to 6/7 passengers: $245.00 per night per person.
10% discount for children under 12 years old.
Children under 2 years old do not pay.
There is an additional cost of 10% during high season -
Holy Week, July and August, and from December 16th to February 1st.
English and French guides: $87.00 per day per group. Transportation to the reserve from Leticia options:
Public boat: The round-trip fare is $67.00 per person.
Private transportation: For groups of up to 4 persons, the round-trip cost is $375.00.
Getting to the lodge and back to Leticia
Calanoa is 60 km upriver from Leticia.
Important: shuttles and private boats can only operate until 3:30pm. If your flight is delayed and you cannot make it to Calanoa that same day they are not responsible for any additional transportation costs or other accommodation.
Public boats leave Leticia at 7AM, 9 AM, 12pm AND 2 PM
they leave Calanoa to come back at 7.30 am, 11 am and 3.30 pm.
They take about 1.5 hours to come back to Leticia. So don't get a departure flight before 10:30am
Cancellation with one month's notice: 90% of the reservation will be refunded.
Cancellation with 10 days' notice: 30% of the reservation will be refunded.
Cancellation with one week's notice: No refund, but the reservation can be rescheduled.
Cancellation with 24 hours' notice: The reservation can be rescheduled with a 50% penalty.
A 50% deposit is required upon receiving the invoice. The remaining 50% must be paid 2 weeks before the trip.
Insurance: Due to the adventurous nature of the destination, traveler's assistance and cancellation insurance are required. Late Arrival: If planes arrive late and the allowed time for boat departure is missed, Calanoa will not cover hotel costs but will assist passengers with their needs.
The guides are fantastic and very knowledgeable indigenous guides. Due to travel time, the guides can only do a minimum of 2 days per group, they cannot be hired for 1 day only.
It is mandatory to have the yellow fever vaccine and bring the certificate of vaccination with you. If over 60 years old you must consult with your doctor prior to getting the vaccine.