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Innative Amazon Livelihoods

Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia

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Our actions and decisions can make a positive impact, from what we buy to where we travel and how we travel. Options featured here are community based tourism projects, where travelers can experience and discover the Amazon along locals who are more than willing to share the amazing place they call home. You will be able to see flora and fauna, navigate the amazon and spend time with beautiful people in a lifetime experience.

 

The communities involved in the projects have changed their way of life from extracting natural resources (timber and wildlife) to tourism practices that allow them to build a future for their children where nature is still a source of living but now provides a benefit out of conservation instead of extraction.

Since animals are a very important part of ecosystems, we support animal-friendly tourism. The Amazon is magic, and we know visitors want to have a glimpse of wild-life. We encourage travelers to visit places where they can see animals freely in their habitat or in rescue centers.  Please do not support wildlife illegal trade by taking pictures holding wildlife and visiting places where animals remain captive to entertain tourists.

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Musmuki is a community based tourism project located in Vista Alegre, Perú. (60km from Leticia, Colombia through the Amazon river) .

 

This community is surrounded by diverse landscapes and ecosystems that beautifully represent the richness of the Amazon. People that live in Vista Alegre truly have a 'joyful view' of the of the Amazon.

 

You will live the amazing experience of discovering and contemplating different worlds in one unique place, while being guided by locals who support the conservation of the Owl Monkey, Aotus nacymaae (Musmuki) .

Puerto Alegria

Community Tourism Association "Puerto Alegría" is the proof that there is always people seeking to find better solutions and willing to change. For over ten years, Puerto Alegría was financially dependent on wildlife selfie tourism promoted by Colombian tour operators who made all the profit, while community members survived on tourists’ voluntary tips. The Association was created by some locals, seeking to implement sustainable tourism attractions in an effort to reactivate the local economy and promote conservation.

By visiting Puerto Alegría you can be part of the change and experience one of the native cultures of the Amazon by visiting  and an eco-museum that will allow you to learn and experience traditional knowledge of this community.  Puerto Alegría is located Perú, 15km from Leticia, Colombia.

Coya is a community based tourism project located in Chinería, Perú. (4km from Leticia, Colombia through the Amazon river) .

 

Members of this community are adventurous and certainly know where to look to capture wildlife scenes in freedom. Their territory is hidden between the Amazon river and the jungle, its landscapes are dynamic due to waters that flood

the forests in rainy seasons.

When visiting, be prepared to experience

an authentic adventure discovering the jungle along with local guides who support conservation of caymans (Coya) in their territory.