Capurgana is a small village forgotten by time and tourists on the Western Caribbean Coast. Here you can alternate walks in the jungle, rolls on the hot sand, chases after colorful fish, and naps in a hammock with your mouth open.
To get to this little piece of paradise near the border with Panama, you’ll have to take the boat! And yes, there are no official roads to cross the Darien Gap yet.
Once there, you can easily organize your activities on the go and some of them can be done without the help of a guide. Follow the coastline to the natural swimming pool La Coquerita or head out on an underwater exploration along El Aguacate beach. Then, don’t forget to visit Sapzurro through the jungle. The path is quite well indicated.
If you want to visit the Kunas on the San Blas Islands, enjoy the paradisiacal beach of Soledad, or observe the giant turtles (if it’s the season) you will need to go through a local agency.
Add Capurgana to your Colombian itinerary if you are looking for an authentic and secluded spot on the Caribbean coast and if you don’t mind the possible power and internet cuts.
Articles about Capurgana you must read before coming:
Capurgana can be a little noisy on the weekend. Don't hesitate to take an hotel outside the village if you want absolute peace and tranquility. However, there is little public lighting, so don't forget your flashlight or your phone so that you can easily come back in the evening. There is no need to worry about security in Capurgana.
The Aguacate is a secluded spot in the middle of nature, 1h15 walk from Capurgana - or 10 min by boat for 3-4 $. There are a few establishments with sober but very pleasant rooms. Aguacate beach is quite small. It is a great place to go swimming along the coast and admire the corals. There are no small food shops, but it is not a problem for buying beers. It's better to opt for a hotel that prepares good meals!
The majority of activities can be done without a guide because it is easy to move between the different sites. Apart from a few tuk-tuks, there are no vehicles - and no roads! You can do it all on foot or take a boat for $3 - $4.
Sweet - $
The bakery on the corner of the football stadium sells delicious hot doughnuts around 4 pm. It's perfect for a little snack on the beach.
Drinks - $
There are small wooden shacks at the end of the beach. Order a CocoLoco or a CocoAfrica. Both cocktails are rum-based.
Under water - $$
There are some very nice reefs all around Capurgana. Ask a fisherman to show you on a boat. You can rent the mask and fins.
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