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.
What our clients say
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
Highlights?: Coffee region and Tayrona, lovely people everywhereJM, St Albans
Our first visit (to Colombia) has stimulated a desire to return to experience more of this beautiful, friendly and welcoming countryGG, Banf
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
Highlight: The coffee country. The Colombian people.CB, St. albans
In terms of places, we liked Villa de Lleyva, Medellin and Cartagena and very much enjoyed Punta Faro but what struck us was the friendliness of the Colombian people that we met, their courtesy, good driving habits, lack of hassle etcAR, London
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