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.

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La barra et bahia Malaga


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Where to stay in Bahia Malaga and La Barra

Surprisingly, there are not many good accommodation options there. I recommend staying in La Barra or near the National Park Bahia Malaga. It's lovelier and peaceful.

  • Casa Azul


    Casa Azul

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  • AguaMarina



    Best Hotel with pool and direct access to the beach. Excellent activities and services. Air-con is optional.
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  • Pacifico



    In Bahia Malaga, there is a direct boat from Buenaventura. Excellent place, delicious food. Great landscapes.
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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.

  • Whale Watching


    Whale Watching

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



    The sceneries in Bahia Malaga and the endless black sand beaches around La Barra are gorgeous. Explore them!
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  • Surfing



    You can rent surfboards in La Barra. I recommend doing it at sunset. It's a magical and unforgettable experience.
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  • Serpiente



    A fun experience where you take a boat ride to different natural pools and 2 large waterfalls of 70m hight.
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  • Natural pools


    Natural pools

    Inhabitants love to take their boat and go swimming in a hidden natural pool. There are mangroves on the way.
  • Sunsets



    There are some amazing sunsets on the Pacific Coast. Grab a beer and enjoy the show with your beloved one.
  • Bahia Malaga

    National Park

    Bahia Malaga

    I'm not a big fan of the hotel Juan de Dios. However, there is a lovely hidden beach called Playa Dorada.
  • Kayaking



    Grab a Kayak and go with a local guide to explore the mangroves in the national Park Bahia Malaga

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