The zone – La Barra, Juanchaco, Bahia Malaga, and Ladrilleros – is the most accessible part of the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Therefore, it’s also the most visited, especially on weekends during vacation time and the whale watching season. It’s only 4 hours away from Cali.
The boats commute between Buenaventura and Juanchaco. It takes 1 hour. Don’t sleep in Juanchaco; the town is quite dirty and messy.
Although the areas of Guachalito and El Valle are more appealing, the beach town La barra and the national park Bahia Malaga are two excellent options if you decide to visit Cali and its surroundings. I’m sure you will be seduced by the towering waterfalls, mangroves, and endless black sand beaches.
Note: There is no ATM. Bring a lot of cash with you.
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Things to do around La Barra & Bahia Malaga
Although the main highlight is the Valle de Samaria, there are other cool activities you can do to spend 3 days in Salamina.
Inhabitants love to take their boat and go swimming in a hidden natural pool. There are mangroves on the way.
There are some amazing sunsets on the Pacific Coast. Grab a beer and enjoy the show with your beloved one.
I'm not a big fan of the hotel Juan de Dios. However, there is a lovely hidden beach called Playa Dorada.
Grab a Kayak and go with a local guide to explore the mangroves in the national Park Bahia Malaga
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