cities where you can be close to the Amazon

The beauty and nature of the tropical forest can be found in the backyard of these five destinations

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Leticia, Colombia

Located at the triple border with Brazil and Peru, this Colombian city doesn’t deny its relevance as a fluvial port – a characteristic that’s reflected in the food there, fish like dorado, peacock bass and tambaqui are plentiful. Urban life is concentrated around Parque Santander, which is home to hundreds of birds and an amazing lake with water lilies.

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Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Near the border with Bolivia, Puerto Maldonado is surrounded by several national parks, like the Tambopata National Reserve. From there, you can take a tour to Lake Sandoval, which is home to such species as macaws, giant otters and the typical black caimans. Another fun activity is crossing the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, which is suspended 98.5 feet [30 m] above the ground and offers a great view of the surrounding forest.

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Manaus, Brazil

In the middle of the largest tropical forest in the world, this historic city is known for a spectacle of nature: where the Negro and Solimões rivers meet, after running side by side for 3.7 miles [6 km], forming the imposing Amazon River. The region is also home to the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a set of 400 islets with unique biodiversity.

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Iquitos, Peru

Inaccessible via land routes, visitors can only reach this village by plane or by boat, crossing the Amazon River and its tributaries. In addition to exploring the forest, you can experience close contact with the animals on Isla de los Monos, a locale dedicated to the rescue and care of monkeys that have been victims of trafficking.

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Tena, Ecuador

A four-hour drive separates Quito from Tena, in the Amazon region of Ecuador. Cut by the rivers Tena and Puno, the destination has become popular for its kayaking and rafting tours. Its proximity to Parque Amazónico La Isla and the accommodation options in Puerto Misahualli are also appealing for people who are looking for some peace and quiet in the middle of Ecuadorian nature.