Pacific Coast

The Pacific coast of Colombia is where the jungle meets the sea, where waterfalls pour out of the dense jungle onto spectacular sand beaches, and where whales and dolphins frolic so close to shore you can admire them from your hammock.

The Choco is extremely biodiverse and nature is well preserved due to the lack of development at all levels. The only civilization you will find here are tiny indigenous villages popping up along the beaches.

The real attraction in Choco is nature, and a stay here is highly recommended especially between July to October, where each year hundreds of humpback whales make the 8,000 km journey from the frigid sea off Chile to the warm waters of Colombia’s Pacific coastline. Here they gather in bays and coves by the dozens or even hundreds to mate and calve their babies before beginning the long trip back.

Nuqui – El Cantil

COL-54 / 5-day Trip

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OVERVIEW

Nuquí is located in the pacific coast of Colombia in one of the most bio-diverse regions on earth. The lodge in Nuqui is surrounded by a lush tropical rainforest and your visit includes hikes and walks according to your physical capacities and preferences. Some staff members of the lodge speak English, and they will explain to you about the activities included with local guides (not English speaking), who will take you through natural jungle paths and rivers. From July – October it is possible to do whale watching.

The day-by-day activities will be coordinated upon your arrival because they depend on different and non-predictable natural factors.

There is the option do this program in 4 days, but only starting on Fridays. Please ask for more information, in case of interest.

Please be aware, that flights to Nuqui have a weight restriction of 10 KG check-in luggage and 5 KG hand-luggage per PAX. We recommend to store extra luggage at the hotel in Medellin or Bogota.

Important to have in mind that the flights to Nuqui have limited spaces, therefore we advise to book well in advance to secure the places.


Day 1 Nuquí- El Cantil Ecolodge
Day 2 El Cantil Lodge
Day 3 El Cantil Lodge
Day 4 El Cantil Lodge
Day 5 El Cantil Lodge – Nuquí
ITINERARY
Day 1

Nuquí – El Cantil Ecolodge
Flight to Nuqui depart only from Medellin, therefore it is important to plan according to it. The plane is a small charter flight typically with 14 – 20 seats and it has the weight restrictions of 15 kg per person. Reception at the airport in Nuquí by the staff from El Cantil Ecolodge. Transfer in boat to the Lodge (35 min). At arrival to the lodge, check in and briefing about the coming days activities. In the afternoon, there will be some guided activities (see description below).
Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

El Cantil Lodge
During your stay at El Cantil, you will have certain excursions included. The schedule of those activities will be arranged upon arrival, as the order depends on the weather and tide conditions. The included activities are: Jungle walk (half day in the tropical rainforest), walk to the local village “Termales” with local guide with possibility of taking a bath in the hot springs (half day activity), two whale safaris in speed boat (from July – October) (half day activities). Other activities: The lodge offers rents of kayaks, surf- and boogie boards and snorkeling gear. It’s also possible to arrange sport fishing and surf classes at the lodge. Those activities are not included in the plan and can be arranged and paid for directly at the lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

El Cantil Lodge
During your stay at El Cantil, you will have certain excursions included. The schedule of those activities will be arranged upon arrival, as the order depends on the weather and tide conditions. The included activities are: Jungle walk (half day in the tropical rainforest), walk to the local village “Termales” with local guide with possibility of taking a bath in the hot springs (half day activity), two whale safaris in speed boat (from July – October) (half day activities). Other activities: The lodge offers rents of kayaks, surf- and boogie boards and snorkeling gear. It’s also possible to arrange sport fishing and surf classes at the lodge. Those activities are not included in the plan and can be arranged and paid for directly at the lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

El Cantil Lodge
During your stay at El Cantil, you will have certain excursions included. The schedule of those activities will be arranged upon arrival, as the order depends on the weather and tide conditions. The included activities are: Jungle walk (half day in the tropical rainforest), walk to the local village “Termales” with local guide with possibility of taking a bath in the hot springs (half day activity), two whale safaris in speed boat (from July – October) (half day activities). Other activities: The lodge offers rents of kayaks, surf- and boogie boards and snorkeling gear. It’s also possible to arrange sport fishing and surf classes at the lodge. Those activities are not included in the plan and can be arranged and paid for directly at the lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Nuquí – Departure
Boat transfer to Nuquí and transfer to the airport.
End of services.
Included meals: Breakfast

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Please be aware, that flights to Nuqui have a weight restriction of 10 KG check-in luggage and 5 KG hand-luggage per PAX. We recommend to store extra luggage at the hotel in Medellin or Bogota.

Important to have in mind that the flights to Nuqui have limited spaces, therefore we advise to book well in advance to secure the places.

PRICING
COL-54 – To request prices, please click on the BOOK TRIP bottom on the right sidebar and fill the information.


INCLUDED

  • Nights at lodge in shared double room
  • Free juice and coffee bar
  • Activities during the stay: 2 Whale safaris, walk to local village with local guide and jungle walk
  • Included meals specified in the day to day itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights (Approx 180 USD per person)
  • Airport transfers
  • Local tax in Nuquí airport (approx. USD 2)
  • Hot springs entrance fee (approx. USD 3)
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Other optional activities such as snorkeling, kayak, surf etc.
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list
HOTEL

NUQUI: El Cantil Ecolodge or similar

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Overview:


Choco:


GALLERY

Bahia Solano – El Almejal

Bahía Solano & Utría National Park

COL-61 / 4- or 5-day Trip

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OVERVIEW

El Almejal is an ecotourism project founded in 1982 which offers nature and adventure experiences in one of the most biodiverse places on earth. The lodge is located in El Valle, Bahía Solano on the most picturesque beach of the Pacific Coast of Colombia, 35 minutes from the Utría National Park. It is within the heart of one of the most biodiverse hot spots on the planet: The Choco biodiversity hot spot.

This hot spot includes a wide variety of habitats, ranging from rainforests, mangroves, beaches, rocky shorelines, and coastal wilderness.

The combination of flat coastal plains interspersed with small mountain ranges has fostered the development of unique species, making this one of the most biologically diverse regions of the planet. For example, 25% or 2,750 of the plants found here are found nowhere else.

There is the option do this program in 4 days. Please ask for more information, in case of interest.

Please be aware, that flights to Bahia Solano have a weight restriction of 10 KG check-in luggage and 5 KG hand-luggage per PAX. We recommend to store extra luggage at the hotel in Medellin or Bogota.

Important to have in mind that the flights to Bahia Solano have limited spaces, therefore we advise to book well in advance to secure the places.


Day 1 Arrival at “El Almejal”
Day 2 El Almejal Natural Reserve
Day 3 Utría National Park
Day 4 Day tour to Rio Tundó
Day 5 Departure – End of services
ITINERARY
Day 1

Arrival at “El Almejal”
Morning departure from Medellin’s airport (or Bogota) to Bahía Solano’s airport. Upon arrival, transfer by shared car or motorbike-taxi to the area known as El Valle, where El Almejal Eco lodge is located. Welcome and introductory briefing regarding the lodge, area and activities for the coming days. Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the lodge and the beach. Night at the lodge.
Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

El Almejal Natural Reserve
After breakfast, visit the conservation projects and organic orchard. At the start of the trip to “La Reserva”, there is a 30m high viewpoint with an spectacular view of the sea horizon merging with the jungle. Once at the Nature Reserve, the guide will provide information about the different species of both the forest and ecosystem. Free afternoon to enjoy the lodge and beach. Night at the lodge.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 3

Utría National Park
After a 40-minute boat ride, arrival at the most beautiful inlet of the country: Utría. In the administrative headquarters of the Park there will be an informative briefing about the park and rules. There is also the option of seeing the skeleton of a sperm whale on display. There will be time to take a swim in the tranquil emerald green waters of the cove, or take a hike through the mangrove swamp. On the way, visit to some of the few white sandy beaches on the Colombian Pacific coast, perfect for snorkeling! Night at the lodge.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 4

Day tour to Rio Tundó
The tour starts on the shores of the Valle River, from where the canoes navigate to the Tundó River. The boat trip is very enjoyable, contemplating the rainforest landscapes on the riverbanks and the flora and fauna like: Kingfishers, toucans, parrots, butterflies and a great variety of orchids and bromeliads. The guide will provide information as the trip goes on. At the end of the tour, there is the option to swim in the crystal clear waters of the river. Night at the lodge.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 5

Departure – End of services
According to the booked flight, the lodge will arrange a transfer to Bahia Solano’s airport.
Included meals: Breakfast

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Please be aware, that flights to Bahia Solano have a weight restriction of 10 KG check-in luggage and 5 KG hand-luggage per PAX. We recommend to store extra luggage at the hotel in Medellin or Bogota.

Important to have in mind that the flights to Bahia Solano have limited spaces, therefore we advise to book well in advance to secure the places.

PRICING
COL-61 – To request prices, please click on the BOOK TRIP bottom on the right sidebar and fill the information.


INCLUDED

  • Local Spanish-speaking guide
  • Shared transfers In and Out from Airport to Lodge in Bahia Solano
  • Shared tours according to program and climatic conditions
  • Local taxes
  • Nights in shared double rooms in standard cabin at El Almejal Eco-Lodge
  • Included meals specified in the day to day itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Airport transfers
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Other optional activities such as snorkeling, kayak, surf etc.
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list
HOTEL
MAP

Overview:


Choco:


GALLERY
Tags: Colombia, Nature & Culture