3 Amazing Adventures on Colombia’s Pacific Coast

by David Webb on November 27, 2013

Colombia Adventure

Welcome to the Bahia Solano and Nuqui region of Colombia — a relatively undiscovered outdoor-activity utopia on the country’s Pacific Coast. And while you’re here, check out these three must-do adventures:

In This Colombia Article You Will Discover:

  • How to Hear Humpbacks
  • Therapeutic Hot Springs
  • Turtle Conservation & Stewardship Efforts

I was fortunate to spend a week on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. Located within Choco Department, the Bahia Solano and Nuqui region are off-the-beaten-path adventure destinations that have yet to be fully discovered by the world. It’s a land of jungle treks, bird watching, calving humpbacks, sea turtles, watersports, cilantro-scented foods and welcoming locals. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are three amazing adventures on Colombia’s Pacific Coast:

 Caguama (The Turtle Sanctuary)

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Caguama, a turtle sanctuary in Utria National Park, is a must-visit in Bahia Solano.

After a three-kilometre hike through muddy, muggy jungle, I was tired, thirsty and sweat-soaked. The promise of fresh coconut water kept me going for the final push, but when I arrived at Caguama, located in Utria National Park, I forgot all about my lethargy. A tub of newly hatched olive ridley turtles awaited; my group and I had the honour of releasing these hatchlings to the open Pacific, where they will go on to live for decades. Such wonders are all in a day’s work at Caguama, a locally run turtle sanctuary that aims to conserve and protect the region’s endangered sea turtles.

Whale Watching in Utria National Park

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Ever heard a whale sing? I have…

Born and raised on British Columbia’s Pacific Coast, to me, humpback whales are somewhat old-hat. I’ve seen them close-up from a small fishing boat in the Haida Gwaii. I’ve seen them from the ferry ride to and from Vancouver Island. Once, a whale swam into downtown Vancouver’s False Creek. But I’d never heard a humpback before. On my final full day in Bahia Solano, we drifted offshore of Utria National Park in an 18-foot boat while listening to whale-song, loud and omnipresent, emanate from below the water. Goosebumps. And that was following a half-dozen whale sightings, which, despite the blasé way I started this paragraph, are always spectacular. Old-hat or not. (Bonus: listen for yourself HERE.)

Thermales (Nuqui)

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Soak away your worries in Thermales…

Longtime readers of this blog already know this: hot springs are my favourite natural phenomenon. I can soak in them for hours. I seek them out the world-round — they revitalize me in mind and body. Thermales, located an hour’s beach-hike south of El Cantil eco-lodge, wasn’t the hottest spring I’ve ever soaked in, but surrounded by milpesos palms and cohiba trees — both of which harboured Choco toucans and endemic baudo oropendola birds — it had a magical quality that so typified the region. We soaked in the bubbling spring, occasionally diving for soft pumice rocks, for more than two hours as a gentle jungle mist fell from the sky.

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Kara Brandt December 7, 2013 at 22:07

Uh Oh! Colombia is a really fantastic. I’d love to visit these 3 places you mentioned. When do you think is the best time of the year to visit the country? Thanks

Jewel December 3, 2013 at 19:36

Ohoho!! Loved the Thermales(Nuqui). Shangri La!!!

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