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