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Calanoa is located in the middle course of the Amazon River, 60 km from Leticia, 1,100km (2-hours flight) from Bogotá, Colombia, 310 km from Iquitos, Peru, 1,160 km from Manaus, Brazil, 3,360 km from the mouth of the Amazon and 3,660 km from its source. The Calanoa Natural Reserve is at the very heart of the Amazon forest, yet easy to access, and its surroundings are an endless source of marvel. It is a low-impact, small-scale settlement.
"Calanoa is a place of encounters, a permanent forum for art, design and science, through residencies, workshops, encounters and international meetings."
The Calanoa Project is an initiative by Marlene and Diego Samper that aims to contribute to the conservation of biological and cultural diversity in the Amazon region by providing a setting that integrates art, design, architecture, scientific research, communication, community education and sustainable tourism.
It is based in a private natural reserve located on the banks of the Amazon River, 60 km west of the Colombian town of Leticia, beside the Amacayacu Natural Park and close to Indigenous villages of the Tikuna, Cocama, Huitoto and Bora people. The Calanoa Project is aiming to work with the Indigenous villages that are around the Amacayacu Natural park, supporting educational processes, conservation of biological resources, sustainable economic practices and the preservation of ancestral knowledge and cultural practices.
Calanoa is a place of encounters, a permanent forum for art, design and science, through residencies, workshops, encounters and international meetings.
Calanoa provides an ideal setting for the development and implementation of innovative design for the humid tropics. The building of the settlement has been a laboratory for natural and sustainable architecture, research into traditional techniques, local materials, wood and natural fibers, raw earth and ceramic, landscape architecture, alternative energies and water treatment.
The hub of this conservation project is 125 acres of land - the starting point for a natural reserve and a collection of tropical fruits, medicinal and useful Amazonian plants for a self-sufficient settlement. Hundreds of hardwood trees, fruits and palms have been planted in order to supply food, fibres and building materials.
A grid of trails and wildlife observation towers facilitates the study and contemplation of the forest for researchers and visitors.
Lodging at Calanoa
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