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Mocoa is the capital of the Putumayo department in southern Colombia.

Understand[edit]

Situated just east of the Andes and on multiple bus routes, Mocoa is a gateway to the western Colombian Amazon.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Accessible by bus from Pitalito/San Agustín (COP$30,000/40,000), Neiva (COP 60-70,000, in 2022), and Pasto (COP$50,000) as well as from Ecuador via the San Miguel border crossing.

By Plane[edit]

There is an airport in Villagarzón and a bigger airport in Puerto Asís. From the Villagarzón airport, the easiest way to get to Mocoa or intermediate points is to take a taxi or hitch a ride to the nearby Terminal de Transporte, where you can get a seat in the back of a 4x4 that goes to the Mocoa terminal.

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to explore on foot. The main square and center of the city are uphill from the bus station. There is a small tourism office on the main square, although it operates with limited hours. For other nearby destinations, there are colectivos every few minutes on the main roads. If you are alone and look like a traveler, hitchhiking short distances can be quite easy, mainly on motorcycles.

See[edit]

  • El fin del mundo (walk, hitchhike, or take a colectivo down the road to Villagarzón, there is a sign on the left-hand side of the road). The most popular destination near Mocoa: a big waterfall in the jungle. The highlight is looking over the edge to the pool far below, as well as various swimming holes. COP$15000.
  • Hornoyaco (2 km down the road to Villagarzón, sign on left). A less popular, but impressive alternative to el Fin del mundo. COP$5000.

Do[edit]

Hike. Rappel down the el Fin del Mundo waterfall (Ecoturismo Putumayo). Visit the Centro Experimental Amazónica (CEA) which has various animals and plants from the Amazon. The CEA seems kind of like a zoo so opinions may vary, although apparently they breed the animals and release the young ones.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

The local specialties are various freshwater fish and jungle fruits. Numerous small restaurants can be found near the main square, where street food also is available.

There is a large market right next to the bus station.

Almuerzo places in Mocoa are notably cheaper than what you'll see in many larger cities (as low as COP$6000), but meals on the trail to el Fin del Mundo cost significantly more COP$15,000/20,000 for lunch/dinner and at Huaca Huaca Hostel COP$12,000.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

There are many reasonably priced hotels in the city itself, mainly around the bus station and square.

  • La Casa del Rio (2 km down the road to Villagarzón, on left). A backpackers' hostel just outside of Mocoa, close to many of the popular hikes in the area. COP$18,000 dorm.
  • Huaca Huaca Hostel (about halfway down the fin del mundo trail). A hostel with private rooms and dorms on the fin del mundo trail COP$36,000 dorm.

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