Getting to Iquitos from Leticia by Boat or Plane Travel Guide

By on 2014/02/09

Leticia Amazonas is in the middle between the big cities of Iquitos and Manaus. We have a population of nearly 40,000 happy, warming and beautiful people with more than 10,000 motorcycles.  The biggest difference between Manaus and Iquitos are no arm robbery experience, people are not piranhas in the streets selling tours, it’s not as hot as Manaus or Iquitos (Those cities have too much concrete) and we are really open to help you.

Iquitos Manaus Ferry

These information are updated and you can rely on it. If you need any help you can contact me at amazonasdeturismo@gmail.com.

If you are comming to Leticia from Iquitos, you should read this article: Iquitos to Leticia Speed Boat Guide & Information

Getting from Leticia to Iquitos

Iquitos (Peru), it’s located 365 KM away from Leticia and the only transportation available is by boat or plane. The closest town from Leticia is Santa Rosa Island and this is where you take the ferry or speed boat to Iquitos. Planes will depart from Leticia Amazonas airport.

Flying to Iquitos from Leticia

There is  new company flying to Leticia only Mondays and Fridays at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. They started on November 2013 and the price is aprox 90 USD per route, this is the email of the business authorized to sells the tickets in Leticia gerencia@paraisoecologico.com.co.

How to get the plane to Iquitos from Leticia

The plane to Iquitos flies at Leticia’s Airport (Alfredo Vasquez Cobo) and the only way to get there is by taxi.

      • If you are in Santa Rosa Peru, you must take a boat to Leticia’s ($3,000 COP per person) Port and then take a taxi to the airport ($7,000 COP).
      • If you are in Tabatinga Brasil, you must take a mototaxi ($3 Reais) to the frontier, take another mototaxi in Colombia ($1,500 COP) to the taxi’s stop and then take one to the airport ($7,000).
      • If you are in a Hotel in Leticia Amazonas, tell the desk clerk to call the taxi company to pick you up to the airport. ($7,000 COP).

Note: The only authorized transportation to Leticia’s Airport is a Taxi. Mototaxi or small white tuks tuks will leave you 2 blocks away from the airport.

NOTE: THIS PLANE IS NOT RUNNING ANYMORE, WE ARE WAITING FOR THE NEW ROUTE.


Ferry Boat from Santa Rosa Island to Iquitos 

This is the cheapest way to get to Iquitos. There are several Ferries or Cargo Boats going to Iquitos (Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday). It takes 3 days on a hammock and they also have rooms (Not recommended for sleeping; They are really dirty).

The price is 90 soles per person and it will include all meals starting from the second day. The food is not that really good, be prepare to eat a soy cooked chicken, noodles and rice.

My recommendation are to bring bags of 5 litters of water (You can buy it at Leticia – the price is $1,700 COP). It departs from Santa Rosa Island at 8:00 Pm.

Get a boat at 5:00 pm in Leticia’s Malecon, get a hammock space and always be in the third flood.

Note: Those boats are not really secure, be aware of your belongings and have some ear plugs because it’s a lot of noise. Thursdays are no cargo boats service.

How to get the ferry boat to Iquitos from Leticia

The boats go from Santa Rosa Island everyday at 8:00 pm and the only way to get there is by boat.

      • If you are in Tabatinga Brasil, you must take a Mototaxi ($3 Reais) to the Fera and take a boat ride to Santa Rosa Island ($3 Reais).
      • If you are in a Hotel in Leticia Amazonas, tell the desk clerk to call a taxi or Tuk Tuk to Leticia’s Port and take a boat ride to Santa Rosa Island ($3,000 COP).

Note: Be early (5:00 PM) at Santa Rosa, Get the amount of water you need on 5 littler water bags, At all times be with your luggage at the boat, have soles (Peruvian Currency) and enjoy your ride.


Speed Boat from Santa Rosa Island to Iquitos 

This is another way faster than a ferry boat but quite more expensive. There are only two companies: Golfinho and Transtur. It takes 13 hours on a semi comfortable seat.

Departure days are: Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Sunday.

The price is 200 Reais or 85 USD (aprox) per person and it will include lunch.

My recommendation is to bring enough water (You can buy it at Leticia, they come in a bag and the price is $1,700 COP). It departs from Santa Rosa Island at 3:00 AM. You will have to get to early because it’s always a big line (nearly 50 persons will be taking the boat).

Note: Have some ear plugs because it’s a lot of noise. Mondays are no speed boats service.

How to get the ferry boat to Iquitos from Leticia

The boats go from Santa Rosa Island at 3:00 Am and the only way to get there is by boat.

      • If you are in Tabatinga Brasil, you must arrange a prior day with the hotel for a taxi to pick you up, leave you at the fera ($30 Reais)  and take a boat ride to Santa Rosa Island ($10 Reais). Note: They have to leave you at a floating house, thats where you take the speed boat. DON’T WALK TO THE FERA AT THAT HOUR, THEY CAN ROB YOU.
      • If you are in a Hotel in Leticia Amazonas, tell the desk clerk to call a taxi,arrange to pick you up, leave you at the Tabatinga Fera ($30,000 Pesos) and take a boat ride to Santa Rosa Island ($10 Reais).

Note: Be early (3:00 PM) at Santa Rosa Floating Cabin, Get the amount of water you need on 5 littler water bags, At all have soles (Peruvian Currency) and enjoy your ride.

Note: The boat leaves at 4:00 AM but they will tell you to be at 3:00 AM.

You must do the exit/entry stamps.

I would recommend you to stay in Santa Rosa on a cheap hostel, you can avoid paying taxis and boat service from Tabatinga. A hostel in Santa Rosa is like $25,000-$30,000 Pesos.

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About Sergio Rojas

I am a local tour guide in Leticia Amazonas. I work with several native communities organizing community based tours so natives can get involve in tourism. My tours will be held on the most remote and exotic places in the Colombian Amazon Basin with the best standards. My Personal Site, Google+, Facebook & Twitter.