Puerto Nariño

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Puerto Nariño
Municipality and town
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Flag of Puerto Nariño
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Location of the municipality and town of Puerto Nariño in the Amazonas Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Puerto Nariño in the Amazonas Department of Colombia
Puerto Nariño is located in Colombia
Puerto Nariño
Puerto Nariño
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 3°46′24″S 70°22′55″W / 3.77333°S 70.38194°W / -3.77333; -70.38194
Country  Colombia
Department Amazonas Department
Area
 • Total 1,876 km2 (724 sq mi)
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)

Puerto Nariño is the second municipality of the Amazonas department of Colombia, located on the shore of the Amazon River.

It has about 6,000 residents, most of them are indigenous (from the Ticuna tribe) and its specificity is that it is entirely pedestrian, no car or motorcycle being allowed, as an experiment in an ecological community. The traffic with the smaller communities along the river, and with Leticia, the only other Colombian municipality in the region, takes place by motorboats.

Its name comes from a famous Colombian general, Antonio Nariño, who took an active part in the independence war against the Spanish occupiers.

Looking towards the Amazon from the viewing platform in Puerto Narino

Geography[edit]

Puerto Nariño is the second municipality of the Amazonas department. It is on the edge of the River Loretoyaco, 87 km from Leticia and 1240 km from Bogota. The average temperature is 30°C.

History[edit]

The town was founded on 1961 August 18 by a doctor named Jose Humberto Espejo Hernandez.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 3°46′24″S 70°22′55″W / 3.77333°S 70.38194°W / -3.77333; -70.38194