Amacayacu National Park is a nature reserve situated in the
Amazonas Department in the Southern Colombia. Amacayacu National
Park covers a total area of 2,935 km2 (1,133 sq mi) of tropical
rainforest, swamps and numerous rivers. The closest location to
Amacayacu National Park reserve is a city of Puerto Nariño. The
name of Amacayacu National Park come from the local Quechua
dialect and translated as "river of the Hamocs". Indigenous
Ticuna people still live in their traditional lands. The
elevation of the park ranges from 0 to 300 meters above sea
level. Due to its closed location to a equator it has a fairly
stable climate with temperatures range from 26 to 28 degrees
Celsius throughout a year. The rainforest is full of diverse
wildlife that includes hundreds species of mammals, birds, fish
and many other types of wild life. While most of them are fairly
harmful beware of thousands of mosquitoes that descend on
unsuspected tourists as soon as the sun sets. Don't forget to
wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. Mosquito repellent
might also work.
This park is a nature reserve in Colombia.
Established by the national government in the mid-1970s in order to
preserve wildlife, it was projected to have an educational purpose
and dissemination of the natural wealth of the Amazon rainforest;
For this, since its creation, it was endowed with a visitor center.
This park is a must for tourists of the Colombian Amazon and has a
network of trails through which eco-tourist walks can be made.
The area is considered of scientific interest, since many
zoological specimens have been collected in the park. It calculates
that there are about 150 species of mammals, among which the pink
dolphin and some endangered species such as the tanda, the jaguar ,
the manatee and the otter. Among the many species of primates, the
marmoset, the smallest in the world, stands out. Amacayacu is also
home to some 500 species of birds and a huge variety of freshwater
fish. In addition, the park also serves to preserve the culture of
the Ticuna people, who currently live there.
The park has
some amenities for tourists, which consist of accommodations on the
visitor center platform where you can sleep with a group of people
in hammocks or beds.
In the park visitors can do various
activities such as trips along the Amazon River to various islands,
such as the island of Micos (where you can find hundreds of
monkeys), on the island of Mocagua (you can see the Victoria Regia
or lotus flower) and one of the most interesting activities: a trip
upstream to Lake Tarapoto, where you can see the pink and gray
freshwater dolphins. In addition, the interesting crafts of the
Amazon region that the different indigenous communities have.