The Pacific Coast of Colombia: Our highlights and itinerary ideas
The Pacific coast of Colombia is unique, savage, and little visited. Even if the inhabitant can seem unemotional at first sight, it doesn’t reflect the reality within their hearts. Be talkative and friendly, and they will start smiling at you. In the Pacific, time doesn’t exist. Therefore, things go slowly and you must adapt. It’s not the other way around. Enjoy the chill atmosphere, and do your best for not sweating too much because of the humidity.
We fell in love with this feeling of freedom, lost on the other side of the world, nestled between a vast ocean and endless wilderness. Nobody can resist to the Pacific coast, and like us, you will start crying when it’s time to leave.
Do you want to take the risk and add the Pacific coast to your Colombia itinerary?
The Pacific coast of Colombia is very stretched, but it’s not easy to get there. From Buenaventura, boats leave from the dock to bring the visitors to the National Park Bahia Malaga and the different beach towns like Juanchaco, Ladrilleros, and La Barra – department Valle del Cauca. Going up North, you arrive in the Choco department. Nuqui is one of the biggest cities in this area. The town is of no interest, but there is an airport with flights coming from Medellin. However, Guachalito and Termales are 100% worth it. There are lovely eco-resorts, and the landscapes are breath-taking.
Bahia Solona and El Valle are the northernmost touristic places, both near the national park Utria.
Whale watching is the most important thing to do on the Pacific coast. They come there to give birth from July to September. This experience is unbelievable, and you should consider including it in your Colombia tour.
Funny fact. The road from Bahia Solano to El Valle is the only road on the Pacific Coast! You won’t find any cars otherwise. The only way to move around is to take speedboats.
Also, this zone of Colombia is accessible by boat or small planes only. Take note of this information when building your Colombia itinerary.
Example of activities on the Pacific Coast that we can add to your Colombia itinerary:
- Stroll on black-sand beaches: Endless beaches, surrounded by the ocean and lush vegetation. Moreover, you won’t meet anybody there. Welcome to paradise.
- Surf without suit: Water is warm, and waves are fantastic. Some places like Termales, La Barra, and El Almejal are well-known for being great surf spots.
- Kayak in the mangroves: Take a paddle and a kayak, then go exploring the mangroves and the wildlife.
- Stay in an Eco-lodge: I agree, Eco-lodge is a fashion expression, and sometimes it doesn’t mean anything. Our partners in Guachalito are fantastic. Check them out. Be chill and happy.
- Enjoy fantastic sunsets: Alone, with your beloved one, family or friends -without forgetting the cold beer-, contemplate the sun disappearing into the ocean. The show is mesmerizing.
- Whale watching from July to September: It’s a fantastic experience to be lucky enough to observe humpback whales swimming and playing with their offsprings -jumps, slamming fins. As it’s a remote area, you won’t be with many other boats. What a terrific moment in life!
- Fish with locals in traditional boats: Wake up early and accompany the local fishermen to learn the different fishing methods.
- Learn about the Fauna and Flora: In this raw environment, you can encounter lots of surprises. Go looking for tiny colorful – but extremely toxic – frogs in the middle of the jungle.
- Turtle watching from July to December: Turtles lay many eggs at this period of the year on the Pacific coast. With a local guide, walk on the beach at night to observe them. Don’t worry. We only work with guides who follow the rules not to disturb them. It’s an unforgettable experience.