El Valle y Bahia Solano

El Valle is a small village on the Pacific coast. The inhabitants are relaxed and live from day by day. So it is not always easy to organize things. The cost of transport is quite high for the country and is reflected in the price of the activities.

El Valle is the kind of place that traps you and prevents you from leaving. Two black sand beaches as far as the eye can see surround the village, “Playa Almejal” and “Playa Larga“. They take you to different places like the El Tigre waterfall or the Utria National Park. Plan to stay at least 4 days in this area to fully enjoy it.

The Pacific coast is known for humpback whale watching between July and mid-September, an exceptional spectacle that you can add to your itinerary in Colombia.
Lovers of deserted paradisiacal beaches, tranquility, nature, authenticity, fishing, and surfing will also find their happiness here.

Note: there is no ATM. Bring as much cash as you need.

 

How to get to El Valle?  (+)

From Bahia Solano to El Valle:

  • 40 min tuk-tuk. There are many in town.

 

From Medellin to El Valle: 

  • A few Direct flights from Olaya Herrera airport. We recommend San German express. | Satena or San German Express. | 30 min

 

From Nuqui to El Valle: 

  • There is a direct boat that leaves twice a week: Monday & Friday. The departure time will depend on the tides. Departure from the dock’s boat company. | Transportes Yiliana (SAPI) | 45 min

 

From Buenaventura to Bahia Solano:

  • You can take a cargo that leaves from Buenaventura. It can be fun during the whale season. It usually leaves on Tuesday, but it might vary. You first need to call captain Oscar: +57 311 340 67 16 or Leonor: +57 312 267 07 49. 3 meals and a bunk bed included. | Transportes Inversiones | 18 – 24 hours
  • There is a direct speed boat that leaves on Tuesday. It can be super unpleasant if the ocean is rough. You can catch it from Buenaventura or Juanchaco, but you MUST buy your ticket in Buenaventura and remind them to pick you up in Juanchaco (or they might forget). Departure at 7 am. | Dos Bravo | 7 hours

Table of Contents

Click on the orange links below ⬇️ and scroll down ⬇️ to read the chosen section.

Where to stay in El Valle

The town of El Valle isn't appealing, and you don't have direct access to the beach. Moreover, it won't be quiet if there is a party as locals love loud music. My favorite area is the beach El Amejal, 15 min walk from town or 5 min in TukTuk.

  • Pelican House

    Hostel

    Pelican House

    The best hostel in playa Almejal. Great atmosphere and well-built. I loved the illumination at night. Friendly staff.
    Get the best price
  • Punta Roca

    Hotel

    Punta Roca

    Hotel on Playa Almejal. Excellent value for money. Private wood cabins. Basic and clean. Restaurant. Friendly staff.
    Get the best price
  • El Morro

    Hotel

    El Morro

    Lovely and tiny hotel with the best view in Playa Almejal. Spacious rooms. Romantic. Delicious meal. Rooftop.
    Get the best price
  • El Amejal

    Hotel

    El Amejal

    Best hotel with direct access to a natural reserve. All included packages. Wooden cabins and excellent services. The food is delicious.
    Get the best price

Where to stay in Bahia Solano

Bahia Solano isn't appealing, and the city is quite "big." I don't recommend to book a hotel there. Stay in El Valle if you travel on a shoestring budget. However, the beach "Playa Mecana" is lovely and wild. Your hotel have to organize the transport by boat - 20 min.

  • Mecana

    Eco Lodge

    Mecana

    Peaceful place in a secluded area. Botanical garden and many other activities. Delicious food. Excellent staff.
    Get the best price
  • Mapara Crab

    Eco lodge

    Mapara Crab

    Remote eco-lodge in a beautiful area. Playa Mecana. Delicious food. Private cabins. Excellent services and staff.
    Get the best price

Things to do in El Valle

El Valle is an authentic destination. Even if the weather and the atmosphere here make you want to do nothing, there are still some activities that are worth the detour.

  • Beaches

    Chill

    Beaches

    Playa El Amejal and Playa Larga are the two beautiful black sand beaches. You won't meet many tourists!
    Learn more
  • Rio tundo

    Mangrove

    Rio tundo

    A friendly local guide invites you to explore the mangroves and observe the wildlife from his canoe. Peaceful experience.
    Learn more
  • El Tigre

    Waterfall

    El Tigre

    Beautiful waterfall split into different parts. Option to hike there from el Valle and come back in a speedboat.
    Learn more
  • Utria

    National Park

    Utria

    I'm not a big fan of the Park Utria as it's expensive and you visit only a small part. Couple it with playa Blanca.
    Learn more
  • Playa Blanca

    Expedition

    Playa Blanca

    Playa Blanca is an island within the national Park Utria. It's beautiful. You can ask to stop in Playa Cocalito.
    Learn more
  • Surf

    Sport

    Surf

    You can take some classes in the hostel Humpack turtle. Depending on the seasons, waves can be excellent.
    Learn more
  • Whale watching

    Animal

    Whale watching

    From July till mid-September, humpback whales come to give birth in this area. Unforgettable experience.
    Learn more
  • Turtle watching

    Animal

    Turtle watching

    Turtles come here to give birth from July to December. Wander on the beach at night with a local guide.
    Learn more
  • Playa Mecana

    Bahia Solano

    Playa Mecana

    If you want a secluded beach with nobody around, then Playa Mecana is a good option. They offer many tours!
    Learn more
  • Mangroves

    Hike

    Mangroves

    From El Valle, there is a 9km trail to reach the mangroves in the national park utria. It's free and straightforward.
  • Fishing

    Cultural

    Fishing

    Ask locals around if you can go with them to fish. They don't use fishing rode, just the nylon with a hook.

Where to eat & drink?

For us, good restaurants and exciting nightlife are important when traveling. We gathered our favorite picks on an interactive Map. Download the APP "Mapstr" and look for "Colombia Insider"!

More places on the Pacific

More Travel Guides

(Click on the Map)

Click to get back to the table of contents

Specific information by location

Our travel guides per city

Where to sleep? What to do? Where to eat? How do you get from one place to another?

How to decide among all these stunning places?

 FREE Ebook based on our 5 years of travel in Colombia. 150 pages of information pure, no bullshit.

Just one last step and you will be able to start reading our guidebook! You should receive an email soon to confirm your inscription. Please, check your email box (Don't forget the Promotion and junk boxes)

Travel stress-free in Colombia

Colombia is a country with tons of exciting experiences and hidden places. Stop working hours on your itinerary while wondering if you've made the right choices. Tell us what you like, and we take care of the rest. Thanks to our service, you save time, money, and experience Colombia differently.