Colombia’s Pacific coast is unique, wild, wet, and off the beaten track. There are no access roads to the Pacific coast and there is almost no tourist infrastructure. The only two ways to get there are by plane from Medellin and by boat from Buenaventura.

This area of Colombia is exceptional. Discover the different national parks, watch unusual birds, relax on deserted black sand beaches, surf the ocean with a memorable sunset as a backdrop, and admire humpback whales from July to mid-September. And don’t forget to soak up the special atmosphere of the area.

Some of these places are hidden paradises. And yes, you can go without fear in the “tourist” areas.

From Medellín, by taking the plane, you can get to:

  • Bahia Solano and explore El Valle, its waterfalls, immense beaches, and the Utria National Park.
  • Nuqui and stay in peaceful ecolodges on the beach of Guachalito savoring your idyll

If you have decided to visit Cali, the destinations of Juanchaco, Ladrilleros, Bahia Malaga and La Barra are really interesting and more economical options that you could add to your itinerary in Colombia.
Indeed, Buenaventura is only 3 hours by bus from Cali. Once in the port, these 4 great places on the Pacific coast are only 1 hour away by boat.

If you like adventure, you can even continue your trip by going north towards Nuqui and El Valle-Bahia Solano by taking a cargo ship (24h) or a faster boat (6-7h).

So, are you ready for an adventure?!

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Where to travel on the Pacific coast

We've been on the Pacific coast for a month. Find our best tips for exploring each of the destinations below.

Top things to do on the Pacific Coast

Here is a compilation of the best things to do on the Pacific Coast Of Colombia:

  • Whale Watching
  • Las Cascadas El Tigre
  • Visit Utria National Park
  • Sea Turtle Viewing
  • Enjoy the beach town life in El Valle
  • Game Fishing
  • Jurubira Hot Springs
  • Sleep in an Eco-lodge
  • Take a Sunbath on Guachalito Beach
  • Surf in Juanchaco
  • Explore the Urumba Malaga National Park
  • Tubing in San Cipriano
  • Diving around Isla Gorgona

Events on the Pacific Coast

List of the main events on The Pacific Coast of Colombia:

  • April to October: Best diving season
  • July to October: Humpback Whales Season
  • August – December: Sea Turtle Viewing
  • September: Festival San Pacho in Quibdo

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