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Calanoa Lodge

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Calanoa is a beautifully crafted jungle lodge just an hour's boat ride from Leticia in Colombia's Amazon region offering adventurous excursions of discovery. 

This is a beautiful, well-located, well-run lodge with guest cabins built to a very high standard. Conceived, built (2010) and owned by famous artists and photographer Diego Samper, it offers spacious accommodation, great food and imaginative excursions.

There is one huge suite-cabin with a jungle view set apart from the other three cabins which have a river view. The cabins can accommodate 6-8 people in separate bedrooms on different floors, but if you are just a couple or smaller family you will have the cabin to yourselves.

The cabins have comfortable beds with good quality bed linen and mosquito netting, private bathrooms with flush toilets and tepid water shower (you really don’t need hot water in this steamy environment). The sides of some of the cabins are open with just netting to protect from insects – a wonderful jungle experience. There is electricity all day from solar panels and at lunchtime and the evening you can recharge your phone/camera as there is electric current through to the room sockets. Food, cooked by Maria, is excellent and meals are taken in a communal dining room.

Excursions are led by local indigenous guides - they don’t speak English but we will arrange for your English-speaking guide to accompany you to translate. The charming and friendly indigenous community Mocagua, famed for its art, is just a 20-minute walk away. 

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What our clients say

  • It was a great trip, a nice balance of activity and free time and we felt we saw several different sides of Colombia. 

    MJ, E14
  • The whole trip was really enjoyable, the amount of wildlife (turtles, crocodiles, armadillo, anteater, monkeys etc etc!) and scenery we saw met all expectations. All well organised and minor problems…

    HT, Cardiff
  • Zip lining and trek in Iquaque, Cartagena.

    OKNS,
  • Our two weeks in Colombia were extraordinarily stimulating on every level, from the warmth and friendliness of the Colombian people to the fertility of the countryside and its fascinating geology…

    JM, London
  • Highlights?: Coffee region and Tayrona, lovely people everywhere 

    JM, St Albans
  • Highlights?: I cannot really think of anything that wasn't memorable. Perhaps my overriding memory is of the friendliness and helpfulness of the ordinary Colombians I encountered.

    DM, Nottingham
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Our Expert's Opinion

Maggie
Maggie Wilson Travel Expert Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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