For a true escape in a remote, largely unknown part of Colombia, Nuquí and the Chocó coast cannot be rivalled. This vast, wilderness of raw natural beauty boasts deserted beaches, dense jungle, wildlife rich mangroves and a sleepy, backwater atmosphere. With superb bird watching and a chance to see whales breaching off shore, this is a corner of Colombia that begs to be discovered.
Surrounded by secluded beaches and jungle that seems almost on the verge of swallowing up the scattered coastal villages, Nuquí lies on Colombia’s Pacific Coast, a wet and wild stretch of biodiverse waters and ruggedly beautiful beaches fringed with mangroves, dense forest and swaying palms. A truly remote corner of Colombia, this is a land of deserted beaches with a Robinson Crusoe vibe.
Around 45 minutes to an hour by boat from Nuquí, home to the region’s only airport, the beach of Guachalito seems to stretch out endlessly, with a wild, untamed jungle bordering fine sands and glistening waters. This is a landscape of extraordinary natural beauty, and while it can certainly be appreciated lazing on the beach and drifting away to the sound of the crashing waves, there’s plenty to keep the more active visitor busy. Walking along this beach may take well over an hour but its wild, deserted expanse offers up lush jungle filled with orchids, some of the best surf breaks in Colombia and a spectacular diversity of bird life.
When not relaxing in the secluded beauty of the beach, head inland to explore the biodiversity of the jungle. Delve into lush mangroves and trek to waterfalls nestled amongst the emerald-green foliage, passing a wealth of plant and wildlife, while all around the jungle echoes with the song of birds and insects.
Between July and October this region offers some of the best humpback whale-watching in Colombia as the whales come to the Pacific Coast to give birth. Whale-watching here is a far more intimate experience, without the crowds found elsewhere. Watch as they breach in the bays, performing an elegant dance in the warm Pacific waters just off the coast of Guachalito.