From Colombia to Brazil, one cheap route
In South and Central America it’s often the case that flights from one country to a neighbour country may cost several times more than between the countries that are located way futher from each other. The flights Colombia-Peru, for instance, cost approximately the same of money as Mexico - Peru.
From Colombia to Brazil the tickets cost approximately $300-400. What if you want to go cheaper, what can you do? There’s one route somebody told me about. Thanks to the fact that Colombia and Brazil share the border in Amazonas, the route is this:
Colombia/Leticia –> crossing the border by land, on foot –> Brazil/Tabatinga –> Manaus
Both flights will cost around $100. The flight “Tabatinga –> Manaus” should be purchased a month in advance, otherwise the cost will go up to $200.
Although this route is technically cheaper, it’s not by much so. Nonetheless, at least visiting Amazonas will make it worth it.
A guy who’s done that, the other way around - from Brazil to Colombia - describes his experience:
I did this about two weeks ago but the other direction to reach Colombia, so I can provide a little guidance.
You should be fine to get your ticket at the dock, from the ferry itself, or at the desk there.
If you are thinking of taking the slow boat down river the cost should be around 250 real, but it may vary, and around 3-4 days (up river took 5 days, when I was expecting 6-7). The fast boat would be fairly more expensive, not sure how much.
Vegetarian food will be hard to come by. Breakfast was a bread roll and occasional potato. Lunch/dinner was rice beans and chicken/beef/fish.
They did also have a bar where you can pay for food, that might be more vegetarian friendly, but I mean chips… don’t expect variety or any vegetables! They also have a small shop with various snacks.
No WiFi, but occasional 3G when the boat passes a small town, enough to send an email or two.
I enjoyed it as time off, and it’s peaceful to travel along the river all day. However it can also get boring, it will probably also only be Brazilians travelling so if you don’t speak Portuguese or at least some Spanish then conversation will be hard. Bring a few books. Also going down river you’ll tend to stay in the middle of the river so you’ll see less of the banks which may make the view less interesting (not that you’d see any wildlife anyway)
It can get cold at night so have some form of cover in the hammock, a sleeping bag liner worked fine for me.
Showers and toilets are not the best, especially after a few dozen people have been eating the boat food(!), so if you are a stickler for hygiene it may not be for you.
I recommend taking plenty of snacks, especially fruit, hand sanitizer, and possibly a knife/fork/bowl so you don’t have to eat from semi-clean communal plates etc.
It was taken from here