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Chocó, Pacific

Bahía Solano

This idyllic well-hidden strip in the Afro-Colombian Chocó region pulls you away from the hectic modern world and gives you a boost of pure jungle energy! The tropical forest, mangroves, marshes, coastal rocks and beautiful deserted beaches, accessible only by air or boat, makes everything more adventurous and offers an extensive ecosystem. The unique flora and fauna and rich biodiversity will captivate you instantly! It has one of the finest surf spots in the country according to King surf bum Geoff and other surf rats. Enjoy untouched Robinson Crusoe realism or spot some humpback whales.     

HIGHLIGHTS

Pacifico Tours: an adventure tourism company specializing in Colombia’s undiscovered Pacific Coast. They offer customized surfing, fishing and adventure trips geared to your needs. Surf epic reef breaks and spot humpback whales, as you come and experience a region of mystic beauty, rich culture and unparalleled nature.  Pacificotours Colombia. Cel + Whatsapp: 300-513 59 16. 

Huina: a beautiful remote beach. More at ChoibanaSurfing at Playa Almejal at The Humpback Turtle.

Waterfall el Tigre
: from Playa Almejal hike = 4hrs (1 way), by boat = 20min. Hike to Boro Boro: a real jungle adventure (6hrs).

Tour Rio Tundo
: upriver on a canoe-jungle-beach trip (4-5hrs).

Visit PNN Utría: snorkeling, short walk and explanation of the mangroves, chilling at Playa Blanca. From El Valle boat (daily) = 30min. Entrance park = 17pp Colombians/nationals + residents, 44.5pp foreigners, 9pp students + kids. Take care, some boat trips offer a short visit at Utria where you have to pay the entrance fee and hardly see anything. Try to find a guide to hike the trails IN the park!  

Other activities: diving, snorkeling, horseback riding and whale (Jul-Oct) and turtle (Aug-Dec) watching.

ACTIVITIES
Whale Watching - Surfing

ACCOMMODATION
Choibana and The Humpback Turtle

HOW2GETTHERE
Flights: 
from Medellin with Satena or ADA = 1hr (10kg/pp, hand luggage 5kg).
Boat Buenaventura-BS = ±24hrs, departure from el Piñal bridge (every Tue; return every Sat) = from 150.ooo pp (incl. food and cabin).
Between El Valle-Nuquí: Mon and Fri at 12am = 1-2hrs, 60.ooo pp.

TIPS
-There is 1 ATM in Bahía Solano but it is frequently out of service. 
-Would you like to do a tour or order decadent lobster? Ask the hostel owner for a trustworthy contact!