Where did all the people go?

Yesterday I arrived in Leticia, Colombia. It was a pleasant 90-minute flight from Bogotá, but it is always a bit disconcerting when a landing strip just appears from out of nowhere, but no worries, we landed just fine. I’ll call Leticia a modern city, isolated but modern.

Colombia leticia airport--isolated

Why Leticia

I am here until for a few days when I take the reverse of the flight that I came in on. There is only the one flight per day in/out and no roads to anywhere.  [There is one very nice, paved road that comes to abrupt stop about 35 km outside of Leticia.] So it is fair to say that I am isolated. [It amazes me how there is internet access in the middle of nowhere] Leticia itself is relatively safe.  The narcoterrorists that remain in the south of Colombia are hiding in the jungles [aka where there is no civilization, there is no policia]. While it certainly is an interesting place to visit, I certainly would not want to live here. I think for me it’s just the feeling of being trapped in one place with no easy escape plan.

Colombia the amazon also isolated

Leticia has all of the services one might need and it is a good place to start feeling like I am really in South America [on the flip side, it was nice to get out of the cold that is Bogotá].  The only negative [in my opinion] is that there are mosquitoes everywhere.  Way more that I thought I would see, but I have my DEET lotion, and although I wasn’t planning to start taking my malaria medicine until I reached the Ecuadorian Amazon, I started taking it upon arrival so hopefully I will stay disease free.

I only have 2 goals for my week in Leticia. Goal 1. Validate my visa in Brazil. Goal 2. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in three different countries. Otherwise, I am planning on enjoying my leisurely stay in the jungle.

An animal after my own heart

And the Amazon?

I’m not planning on doing a tour. I will be doing one near the end of my trip. Although avoiding the “tour guides” may prove to be quite difficult.  I don’t feel any more unsafe here as a single female than I would as part of a couple/group. While I will talk to people, I still avoid cabs and such.  [If I am going to get kidnapped by a cab driver, I’d prefer it happen at the end of my trip. I’d also rather it to happen in a less isolated place. At least that way, I can have some fun in the meantime].

Shout out to the band FUR’s Where did all the people go for the inspiration for this post’s title

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