Traveling and living in Colombia: Visit to the Pacific Coast
If you are considering visiting Colombia in the Pacific, you should know that there are various options that provide opportunities for saltwater fishing, whale watching and beach holidays. Here are three:
– Bahia Solano, a resort in the northern sector of the Pacific Coast. Some major angling tournaments are held annually here. There are nature walks and scuba tours available as well as a number of basic but acceptable hotels. Two large luxury hotels also offer accommodations here. The city has one of the few Pacific Coast airports and the only one in the northern coastal sector. One of Colombia's largest, most beautiful national parks, Parque Nacional Utria, is only a 20 minute boat ride away. The park, which also includes a generous portion of the coast and Pacific waters, houses one of the largest concentrations of tropical wildlife and marine life in this part of South America outside Brazil. Often, marine scientists gather in the area to study the amazing conglomeration of aquatic life found here.
– Nuqui, a regional county seat is another Pacific coastal city that boasts airport service. There are also a handful of decent hotels offering complete amenities, meals and regional tours. The central Colombian coastal location of Nuqui is handy for watching the migration of humpback whales during the spring. During the late summer to early fall, migrations are reversed as whales with their newborn calves turn south to head to the South Pacific on the coasts of Chile and Antarctica. Guinea pigs, seals and freshwater life abound also as natural thermal baths and protected environmental zones with wildlife that you can get very close and personal with. Just be careful. Yes, they bite. If you have an interest in visiting natives Embera Indian villages, there are a number of these near Nuqui, for which tours or visits can be arranged.
– Buenaventura, a sometimes unacceptably dangerous environment, this unabashed, shabby city is the largest on the Pacific coast of Colombia and is driveable from the city of Cali and the central coffee region of the country. There are motor launches to much of the Colombian coast from here and a handful of navigable beaches such as those located in Ladrilleros and Juanchaco. A large military and naval base is also on the bay here. The main market here has an amazing array of not only marinas but edible jungle wildlife too. Armadillo, peccary, three-toed sloth, sea turtle and iguana can be purchased and eaten at food stalls on the second floor of the market. Due to population control and regional rules for harvesting seafood, sometimes creatures that would be illegal to harvest elsewhere and lands are legally harvested and available here.
Travel and live in Colombia
From humpback whale watching to sport fishing and therapeutic thermal baths, you can enjoy a wide range of activities and natural conditions along Colombia in the Pacific. Did I mention that you find the prices a great relief? You want to store more in your wallet because of the region's economy compared to other places like Panama or Costa Rica. True, there are compromises, and the services available in both of these countries are certainly top-notch, but a visit to the Colombian Pacific coast can be an incredibly comfortable one at affordable prices.
Why not see for yourself?
I did, and I'm still here!