El Valle is a little town nestled on the Pacific Coast. The inhabitants are chill and live from day to day. Therefore, it’s not always straightforward to organize things. The transportation cost is quite high for the country, and have an impact on the price of the activities.

El Valle is the kind of place that knocks you out and makes you unable to leave afterward. On both sides, there are two endless black beaches – Playa Almejal and Playa Larga – that lead you to different highlights like the waterfall El Tigre or the National Park Utria. Allow you at least 4 days.

It’s also an excellent spot for surfing and fishing.

How to arrive in El Valle?

  • There are flights from Medellin to Bahia Solano – a bigger city that is not appealing to me. Then you take a 30-min tuk-tuk | 1 hour
  • Twice a week, boats leave from Nuqui to El Valle | 1 hour
  • Once a week, a 7-hour speed boat and a 24-h cargo ship go from Buenaventura

Note: There is no ATM. Bring a lot of cash with you.


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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.

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

    Hotel on Playa Almejal. Excellent value for money. Private wood cabins. Basic and clean. Restaurant. Friendly staff.
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    Lovely and tiny hotel with the best view in Playa Almejal. Spacious rooms. Romantic. Delicious meal. Rooftop.
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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.

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    Peaceful place in a secluded area. Botanical garden and many other activities. Delicious food. Excellent staff.
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    Mapara Crab

    Remote eco-lodge in a beautiful area. Playa Mecana. Delicious food. Private cabins. Excellent services and staff.
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Things to do in El Valle

Although the main highlight is the Valle de Samaria, there are other cool activities you can do to spend 3 days in Salamina.

  • Beaches



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


    Rio tundo

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


    El Tigre

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

    National Park


    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.
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  • Playa Blanca


    Playa Blanca

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



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


    Whale watching

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


    Turtle watching

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

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    Playa Mecana

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



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



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

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