COLOMBIA: Heiko Bleher explores the Río Caquetá Region

By Heiko Bleher

The Rio Caquetá rises in the Southwest of the Colombian Andes nearly in touch with the sources of the Magdalena River and augments its volume from many branches as it flows southeast into the Brazilian state of Amazon, where it is called Rio Japurá. And finally enters the Rio Solimões (this is how the Amazon’s upper Brazilian course is called) through a network of channels. The river is 2,816 kilometres long (some sources say 2,414 km) of which its Brazilian part is about 750 km long. Our destination was the lower Colombian Caquetá River region, which lies in the department Amazonas, were it is still very natural and undisturbed, very difficult to get to and hardly ever explored fish-wise…

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