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Tabatinga, 24-28 October 2008

2 hours on the plane with one quick stop from Tefe to here in Tabatinga and it was comforting to see nothing but forest as far as the eye can see. At least in the upper Amazon there is still forest there!

We would not have stayed so long here but had to wait for a boat to Iquitos (Peru), which does not run every day. However, there is interest here as it is there are three towns next to each other in three different countries (Tabatinga - Brazil, Leticia - Columbia, Santa Rosa - Peru). This offers the possibility (if you stretch your imagination) to do a 3 nations pub crawl - with no cross border immigration formalities!

Half an hour´s walk (or by kombi) from Tabatinga, takes you past the border into Letitia - the best developed of the three. The principle mode of transport is light motor bike - see if you can spot more than 5 on a bike! Check out indigeous souvenir shops, the market, and then stop at the cafe by the port for a tasty Aguila beer (Columbian). Drop down to the channel to pick up one of the small boats going across the Amazon to Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is rather more primitive and more like a village than its cousins across the water. Quite a few restaurants along the river - all blaring out loud music (as is the habit in this part of the world). The one we checked out had the excellent Cusqueña beer from Cusco (Peru). The blaring local music was interupted by one tune from our previous travelling era: I come from a land down under ... where women go and men chunder ... (Men at Work)!! Go back down to the landing spot and pick up another small boat back to Tabatinga. There´s a pleasant spot there by the port to check out a Brazilian beer (say Skol/Antartica).

Good exercise! Costs practically nothing. Only mistake we made ... went on a Sunday - in Leticia (Colombia), ¨Domingo - No Cervesa¨! So, it was Cafe de Columbia and water for this stop.

3 nations

3 nations


Tabatinga main street

Tabatinga main street


Typical transport - we spotted 5 on a bike once!

Typical transport - we spotted 5 on a bike once!


Aguila Beer - Columbia

Aguila Beer - Columbia


leticia market 1

leticia market 1


leticia market 2

leticia market 2


Leticia - Boat channel 1

Leticia - Boat channel 1


Leticia - Boat channel 2

Leticia - Boat channel 2


Boat to Santa Rosa

Boat to Santa Rosa


Santa Rosa boat landing 1

Santa Rosa boat landing 1


Santa Rosa Main street

Santa Rosa Main street


Cusqueña beer - Peru

Cusqueña beer - Peru


Santa Rosa boat landing 2

Santa Rosa boat landing 2


Tabatinga Port 1

Tabatinga Port 1


Tabatinga Port 2

Tabatinga Port 2


Tabatinga Port 3

Tabatinga Port 3


Antarctica Beer - Brazil

Antarctica Beer - Brazil

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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