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.