Nuqui and its surroundings are the wildest touristic parts of the Pacific Coast. It’s the reason why there is not much information about it. Endless black sand beaches, lush vegetation, eco-lodges, everything is incredible, and I consider it’s one of the best romantic destinations in the world. 

The town of Nuqui is messy and not appealing at all. However, you must land there first. It’s a short 30-min flight from Medellin only. Otherwise, speedboats leave weekly from El Valle (1-h) and Buenaventura (6-h).

Once in Nuqui, you have a million possibilities – each one includes a boat ride on the ocean. Public boats leave in the morning, or your Eco-lodge will arrange it for you.

Where to travel from Nuqui?

  • Jurubida: Little town, 45 min up north. Famous for its hot springs.
  • Jovi and Coqui: 2 towns, 45 min down south. Almost no accommodation options.
  • Guachalito: Beautiful area with a few eco-resorts scattered along the coast. It’s expensive. 1-h boat ride
  • Termales: Little beach town with some hot springs. Cool spot for surfing. 1h20 boat ride
  • Arusi: Beach town, almost no tourists. 1h30 boat ride. There is a diving center. 

Note: There is no ATM. Bring a lot of cash with you.

Nuqui and Guachalito


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Where to stay in Guachalito

Guachalito is a beautiful area stretching along the beach. There is a dozen of eco-resorts far apart from each other. Prices are expensive for the quality of the rooms as it's complicated to bring building materials. It's the price to pay to live in paradise. All of them offer half of the full board, and transportation is included.

  • Paraisurf



    Tiny guesthouse with only 2 basic cabins. Excellent hosts. They give surf lessons and you can rent the gears.
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  • Pijiba

    Eco Resort


    Excellent value for money and delicious food. Many great tours. Clean, and simple rooms. Perfect location.
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  • El Cantil

    Eco Resort

    El Cantil

    Cantil is one of the most famous eco-resort in the area. Delicious food and excellent services. Incredible views.
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  • Piedra Piedra

    Eco resort

    Piedra Piedra

    "Luxury" Eco-resort with excellent facilities and services. However, the rooms are still basic. Salt Pool with a view!
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  • MorroMico

    Parque Utria


    1h up north from Nuqui. Ecolodge with an incredible setting. You will be the only man on earth. Great food.
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Where to stay in Termales & Arusi

Termales and Arusi are two beach towns where you can find cheaper accommodation options while living in paradise. It's an excellent option for travelers who have a lower budget or the ones who want to get insight into the daily life of the locals living there.

  • Guereguere



    Friendly owner who love nature and the ocean. Great location at 10 min walk from Termales. Affordable.
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  • Sirena Negra


    Sirena Negra

    Rustic hotel in Termales. The rooms are basic but clean. You won't find cheaper hotels on the Pacific coast.
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  • Punta Brava


    Punta Brava

    Private bungalows with an incredible view. Friendly hosts. Delicious meals and excellent activities.
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Things to do around Nuqui

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 Pacific Coast around Nuqui is mind-blowing. Don't hesitate to stroll on black-sand beaches for hours
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  • Surfing



    You can rent surfboards in different places on the coast: Termales, Arusi, El Cantil, Paraisurf. The waves are great!
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  • Hiking



    Each eco-resort knows some cool trails through lush vegetation. Chase colorful frogs and enjoy the sceneries.
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  • Jovi river

    Boat trip

    Jovi river

    Go to Jovi and run up the river on a traditional canoe till a lovely waterfall. Peaceful experience.
  • Thermal baths


    Thermal baths

    In Termales. A quiet place surrounded by trees. It's lovely and cheap. Perfect for chilling a couple of hours.
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  • Thermal baths


    Thermal baths

    In Jurubira. The thermal baths look more natural. You need to get there with a local guide. It's cheap
  • Fishing



    Ask your hotel to go fishing. Most of them have contacts with fishers or a boat and some fishing lines.
  • Sunsets



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

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