Isla Fuerte is an island on the west coast of the Caribbean that was once home to pirates and drug traffickers. Fortunately, it is now Colombian tourists and a few curious backpackers who have taken the place of the outlaws.
Even though Isla Fuerte is only 20 minutes by boat from the Colombian coast, few travelers are aware of its existence. A small village of about hundred houses and shops has developed around the tourist port, which is nothing more than a small pontoon made of wooden planks.
As in Capurgana, the time has not much influence on Isla Fuerte. All travel is done on foot or with the help of a donkey when it comes to transporting goods. On the other hand, a large majority of the island is privatized and you won’t be able to roam everywhere. There are a few basic hotels and eco-lodges scattered not far from the village.
Isla Fuerte is the ideal place if you want to rest and disconnect from the modern world. However, you will need to come with a relaxed attitude if you want to enjoy it to the fullest. There are always unexpected things on an island and you have to be able to deal with them. Water and electricity cuts can occur and do not rely on the internet to work online.
Anyway, there are some nice activities to keep you busy:
Discover the different small beaches
Look for the sloths
Organizes a diving trip
Go and admire the different trees on the island. Some of them are very special
Note: There is no ATM on Isla Fuerte!
Articles about Isla Fuerte you must read before coming:
You will find some very basic hotels in the village, with a small fan (if you are lucky). Most of these accommodations are not on the internet. The prices are a bit higher than on land. If you want more comfort (and silence), you will have to book an eco-lodge.
There's no local agency on Isla Fuerte. All inhabitants can offer their service to round off their month-end. However, it is quite easy to walk between the different tourist points following the directions given by your hotel. The 3 establishments mentioned in this guide offer their own tours to help you discover the island and its surroundings.
2-3 hours | $
There are some pretty amazing trees on Isla Fuerte. Look for el arbol que camina, el tun tun, la Bonga or the mangroves.
X hours | $
Beach San diego
It is the most beautiful beach of Isla Fuerte, 15 min walk from the village. It is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.
1 hour | $
There are some sloths hiding out on the island. You can try to find them on your own or ask a local to help you.
1 - 2 hours | $
Ask a fisherman (or your hotel) to take a boat around the island and go to Punta Ingles for a swim with a mask.
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