Tabatinga or Leticia to Manaus in Slow Boat or Plane Information

By on 2014/04/30

Manaus is a humongous, concrete and modern city comparing to Leticia or Iquitos. It has nearly 1.7 million inhabitant and is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in northern Brazil. Manaus is a monster comparing to Leticia Amazonas and it’s really touristic. There are 2 different ways to travel from Tabatinga to Manaus: Ferry Boat and Plane.

Remember that boats or planes leaves from Tabatinga (Brasil) and it is just 5 minutes walking from Leticia Amazonas.

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Getting from Leticia or Tabatinga to Manaus

Manaus (Peru), it’s located 1107 KM away from Leticia and the only transportation available are by boat or plane. The closest town from Leticia is Tabatinga and this is where you take the ferry or plane to Manaus.

Flying to Manaus from Tabatinga or Leticia

There is only one company that flies to Brasil and it’s . It ‘s cheaper than speed boat prices and way faster.

How to get the plane to Manaus from Tabatinga or Leticia

The plane to Manaus flies at Tabatingas Airport and the only way to get there is by taxi.

      • If you are in Santa Rosa Peru, you must take a boat to Tabatinga’s Port ($3,000 COP per person) and then take a taxi to Tabatinga’s Airport.
      • If you are in Leticia Amazonas, you must take a mototaxi ($2 Reais) to the frontier, take then take a taxi to Tabatinga’s Airport.

Ferry or slow boat from Tabatinga to Manaus

This is the cheapest way to get there. There are few Ferries or Cargo Boats that goes to Manaus (Wednesday-Saturday). It takes 4 days on a hammock and they also have rooms.

The price is 200 Reais per person and it will include all meals starting from the first night (dinner). The meals are a lot of pasta, beans, calabreza (sausage), chicken and cassava.

My recommendation is to bring bags of 5 litters of water (You can buy it at Leticia, they come in a bag and the price is $1,700 COP). It departs from Tabatinga at 11:00. You will have to get to the boat at 9:30 Am to get a hammock space and always be in the upper floor.

Note: Those boats are not really secure, be aware of your belongings and have some ear plugs because it’s a lot of noise.

How to get the ferry boat to Manaus from Tabatinga or Leticia

The boats go from Tabatinga Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 am and the only way to get there is by ground transportation.

      • If you are in Tabatinga Brasil, you must take a Mototaxi ($3 Reais) to the Ferry Port.
      • If you are in a Hotel in Leticia Amazonas, tell the desk clerk to call a taxi or Tuk Tuk to Tabatinga’s Ferry Port (around 15,000-20,000 COP)

Note: Be early (9:30 AM) at Tabatinga’s Ferry Port, Get the amount of water you need on 5 littler water bags, At all times be with your luggage at the boat, have Reais (Brazilian Currency) and enjoy your ride.

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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.

One Comment

  1. Matthias Liebig

    2015/12/31 at 3:28 pm

    we are a German family of 3 person and want to come to Manaus in August 2016. From Manaus we want to travel by boat to Iquitos. During the trip we would like to do some small trips (2-3 days) to visit National parks or local people. Please inform me about the possibilities you can support us.

    Best regards,

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