Cañón de Araracuara

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In the surrounding jungles of the Araracuara Canyon it is possible to find from big cats and 10-meter-long anacondas to species such as the lion monkey, the smallest monkey on the planet, as big as the fist of a hand. The flora is typical of the Colombian Amazon rainforest: large trees, vines, fungi, lichens. At the time of the rubberworks of the early nineteenth century rubber was intensely exploited in the area, bringing with it a great deterioration of the forests of the sector.

Location

This canyion is located in the low-middle of the Caquetá river, breaking the escarpment in Araracuara. The measures of the canyon are: six km length, eighty meters high and thirty meters in width. Towns near Puerto Santander and Araracuara. Capital cities like Florencia and Leticia are too far away.

Temperature

Around 30 ° C (86° F).

General features

There are many interesting places to visit, for instance: Angostura, Yarí River, Ciudad de piedra (Stone City), and "Caño Caujil" (a sort of stream). It should be taken into account that in Araracuara airport, only lands one craft every week.

Fauna and flora

The fauna of this jungle region include several animals such as jaguars, pumas, tapirs, monkeys (like the famous "mico león"), deers, snakes, turtles and alligators. Also the rivers are plenty of fishing.

The flora is the typical from Amazon rainforest: we can find rubber trees, orchids, epiphytes, reeds and "quiches" (plants which contain fibres and from these, cords are fabricated) among others.

Infrastructure

At this moment and unfortunately, there is not any infrastructure designed specially for lodging.

Recommendations

It is important to carry all the food you need. Also, take a first aid kit, mosquitos repellent, comfortable and suitable clothing, if you are going to camp, take with you all the necessary things.It is recommendable to carry a flashlight, batteries, and a camera. Finally, do not forget take care of nature and environment, do not contaminate water sources, and do  not throw any pieces of garbage.

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