Humpback whales (also known as Yubarta whales): these giants turn op in the Pacific waters near Nuquí and Bahía Solano between July and October. They make an impressive journey of over 5500 miles (8850 kilometers) all the way from Antarctica in search of warmer currents to give birth to their babies. Sitting in a tiny boat at sea level, witnessing these whales jump from the sea surface is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Jungle hikes: During one of the many hikes you can do here, you will recharge your battery with pure jungle energy. Feeling hot? Just take a swim in crystal-clear rivers or swimming holes. On the hike back to your ecolodge it is possible that the river you crossed earlier has flooded. Your guide disappears to ‘fix’ this. How he does it, you have no idea. All you know is that only minutes later the guide returns, including a canoe with captain who helps you to safely cross the river. It makes you laugh: Colombians might seem unorganized, but one way or another the situation always gets miraculously solved.
Hot springs and waterfalls: taking a freshwater shower is possible in one of the many waterfalls in both areas. Sit back and relax in a hot water spring is a must when staying in Nuquí (Playa Guachalito).
National Park Ensenada de Utría: this beautiful national park is situated only 35 minutes by boat or a two-hour walk from El Almejal (Bahía Solano). The park is home to several ecosystems such as mangrove swamps, coral reefs, ocean and rainforest.
Scuba diving: this destination offers plenty of diving excursions. You will swim between large fishes – much larger than the ones on the Caribbean coast. The shipwreck Sebastián de Belalcázar, northeast of Bahía Solano, is a popular dive.
Surf and paddling: both locations are perfect for beginners as well as experienced surfers. Super advantage: you hardly have to share the breaks with others. For those who prefer a more tranquil activity: paddling is hot and happening in Nuquí. Ecolodge El Cantil rents out boards and provides surf classes.
Giant sea turtles: many sea turtles are endangered with extinction. The Olive Ridley turtle lays her eggs close to the beaches of ecolodge El Almejal. Due to the hunt on these eggs, the ecolodge decided in 1994 to start a project to protect these turtles and their eggs. When the baby turtles are big enough, they are released into the sea. The lodge arranges night hikes where you can experience the release of the turtles. When? Between September and January.
Food: they certainly know how to prepare delicious food in this area, which is why this highlight deserves to be mentioned here.