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.
Getting to El Valle? (+)
From Bahia Solano to El Valle:
- 40 min tuk-tuk. There are many in town.
From Medellin to El Valle:
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 from Muelle Turistico of Buenaventura 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
Where's the airport?
The José Celestino Mutis airport of El Valle/Bahia Solano is on the road between the two villages.
It takes between 45min and 1h to get there by tuk-tuk from El Valle.