Amacayacu National Park (Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu)

Amacayacu National Park/


Location: Amazonas Department Map

Area: 2,935 km2 (1,133 sq mi)

Established: 1975


Description of Amacayacu National Park

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 NariƱo. 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.