Nuquí

Nuquí is a small village on the Pacific coast. Whilst the village is somewhat unassuming, it benefits from breath-taking surroundings which is the real reason to visit the area. Lush tropical vegetation extends along the pristine beaches that remain virtually untapped in terms of Pacific coast tourism.

Nuquí is the ideal spot for rest and relaxation completely away from what we’d consider civilisation. It is a heavenly paradise on earth, wide dark beaches, countless crabs scuttling across your path and with the vast Pacific Ocean on one side and dense tropical coastal rainforest on the other.

The region is still unexplored and undeveloped with only a few eco-hotels offering rooms to visitors. The large “all inclusive” concrete hotels seen elsewhere in the world are nowhere to be found in Nuquí.

This area of the Pacific coast maintains much exclusivity, not only because it off the beaten track somewhat but also due to the limited availability of accommodation and the lack of competition on the air route. A visit to Nuquí commands a cost premium.

But what cost the peace, tranquillity and beauty that can only be found in Nuquí? Where else in virtual solitude can you wake up and take a stroll uninterrupted along a seemingly private beach, take a refreshing dip in your own personal ocean or simply lie back in a hammock and enjoy the setting of what seems like your own private sun.
We offer packages to this secret paradise with accommodation in the beautifully located Eco-cabañas El Cantil. These are approximately 45 minutes y boat from Nuquí and offer the ultimate in purity, peace and tranquillity.
If you want to make your timeless days more “engaging” it is also possible to incorporate a range of activities into your visit. Hikes along thebeachesto two small villages Termales and Aruzí, a boat trip or visit the Cascada de Amor with lies in the tropical coastal rain forest.

The El Cantil lodge itself specialises in surfing and diving, it is surrounded by a number of surf “hot spots” such as Pico de Loro, PelaPela and Juan Tornillo. These places are reached by boat and once there you will have the waves to yourself.
The waves come to shore from the Southwest from April to December and in January and February they break from the Northwest. Diving and surfing lessons can also be arranged, please let us know exactly what you want.

Getting there

ADA and Satena are the only two airlines that offered scheduled flights to Nuquí but their flights are not daily so you must carefully coordinate your hotel stay with your flights, and similarly your visit to Nuquí will have to be coordinated with the rest of your time in Colombia

Important

  • The region has one of the highest precipitation rates in the entire world. We recommend you pack your clothing inside plastic bags inside your backpack.
  • Be sure to bring flashlights and batteries as Nuquí only has limited power.
  • Keep cameras and electronic devices in waterproof bags or pouches.
  • Tip- The local food is delicious, each day the lodge staff will prepare fresh caught fish prepared in the local style.

Programme

The standard  programme lasts for 4 days and 3 nights including 3 meals per day. The flights are from Quibdo or Medellín to the Nuquí landing strip.

You will be met at Nuquí by the staff of the El Cantil Lodge and you will be taken by boat to your accommodation. The next day depends entirely upon your wishes and desires as you have a team of professional guides and instructors at your disposal.
Here are some possibilities for activities:

– Ecological walks along the sandy beaches to Termales, there you will find thermal springs alongside the river.
– Diving: The lodge offers professional dive instructors
– Whale watching in season (July – October)
– Surfing
– Angling

And much more… The area is ideal for couples as a truly remote romantic getaway. Similarly it is ideal for young people who want to make the most of Nuquí’s sporting activities.

The main reason to go to Nuquí though is its divine seclusion, simply sitting on the terrace of your own cabaña, relaxing, reading a book or listening to the sounds of the ocean and the rain forest. In the 21st century such opportunities are increasingly rare.

Bahía Solano

Bahía Solano is one of the three main ecotourism destinations on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. We offer stays at the beautiful El Almejal eco lodge located on the waterside. The lodge is adjacent to El Valle, a small and authentic fishing village, the perfect way  for the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The lodge is located immediately upon El Almejal beach, a dark sandy beach typical of the Pacific Coast, immediately behind the beach is lush green dense tropical coastal rain forest. The only way to reach this unspoilt paradise is via aeroplane or boat such is its remoteness.

From July to October, the lodge is an ideal place for spotting the migrating humpback whales, but whales are just one example of the area’s immense biodiversity and Bahí Solano is known for its huge variety of plants and animals. El Almejal also boasts a turtle conservation project, a turtle farm that releases turtles into the wild between September and January. Over the last 16 years, El Almejal has raised and released some 85,000 turtles into the Pacific. The lodge also offers volunteering opportunities for this project, contact us if you would like more information.

The beaches around Bahía Solano are the perfect place for walking and seeing the beautiful forest, tropical plants, wildlife and natural features such as waterfalls. Close to the lodge is the natural park of Utría, home to the Embera Indians. This area is not normally visited by tourists and requires exacting planning, please let us know if you are interested in adding Utría to your trip to Bahía Solano..

All in all, Bahía Solano is the perfect destination for both eco-tourism and unadultered relaxation.

Tips & information

  • The region has particularly high humidity, take a zip-loc bag to keep important possessions dry.
  • Take a torch and batteries with you
  • Travel to the area with a rucksack rather than a suitcase
  • The yellow fever vaccination is obligatory for Bahía Solano
  • The village has fantastic fresh fish caught by local fisherman

Programme

We recommend a minimum of 4 nights at the El Almejal lodge, the destination has a small airstrip which is reached from either Bogotá or Medellín. We organise your transfer from the air strip to El Almejal lodge.

You can tailor your own programme to your personal wishes and we will be happy to work through this with you, focus your trip on nature and wildlife, walking and trekking or between July and November you can also include whale watching. Perhaps you want a mix of all three themes, you decide and it can be planned for you.

Don’t forget to include a visit to the turtle conservation project or plan some walks in the jungle. The area is also a hotspot birding destination. Whatever you want, be sure to enjoy the area’s biodiversity to its fullest.

Please use our contact form and tell us how you would like your visit to be.

Isla Gorgona

Isla Gorgona has been officially closed to tourists since November 2014. We are currently working to put together a package for the island. Use our contact form to register your interest.

Isla Gorgona is an island located 28kms off Colombia’s Pacific Coast, it has a total area of 25km². It is 9kms long and at its widest point it is 2.5kms. The island can only be reached by boat from Guapi.

Its small size belies the incredibly broad variety of wildlife on the island, it is a paradise for eco tourism. Previously the island was the “Alcatraz” of Colombia and housed a prison, today you can visit what remains of the former prison.

Gorgona is one of Colombia’s top highlights for nature lovers, it boasts no fewer than 147 species of birds, more than 100 different insects and over 500 species of marine animals.

The most popular time to visit is between July and October when one can see the migrating humpback whales. You can observe this spectacle from the Islands beaches or on a boat tour. A genuinely incredible experience awaits you.

For the diving fanatics, Gorgona has Colombia’s greatest coral reef and we can also organize diving tours.

Getting there

The journey is out of Guapi by boat. This small town is reached from either Cali or Popayan, we can organize a travel package including accommodation, flights, ground transportation and meals.

Accomodation

The only accommodation option on the island is the “Vedas Cabins” owned by the Gorgona Park Authority. All in all the cabins can accommodate 80 people in 18 rooms divided between 6 buildings. Although the accommodation is basic, it does boast incredible ocean views.

Important

For a visit to Gorgona a yellow fever vaccination is mandatory and you may be required to show a vaccination certificate at the park’s entrance. You should also exercise caution walking around Gorgona, the park has numerous wild snakes.

Gorgona is a protected national park, it is strictly prohibited to remove shells, corals, plants or anything else from the island.

You should take good walking shoes with you, as well as clothes suitable for the tropical climate and sun protection.

Programme

The normal duration of a visit to the island is 4 days / 3 nights. Depending on your wishes, the stay may be lengthened or shortened. Your trip can include numerous ecological walks, a visit to the prison’s ruins, hiking trails and a visit to Playa Palmera. Additionally you may choose to take a boat tour around the island, a great opportunity to watch the playful dolphins.

The best sites for snorkelling are Yundigua, El Planchon and La Parguera.

The museum in the El Payan sector offers an interesting cultural insight

The programmes we offer to Gorgona are always made to measure, Please contact us via the contact form and let us know exactly what you want to experience in Gorgona.

We arrange the flights or ground transportation, the boat trip from Guapi, and whatever tour or activity you could possibly desire.