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Colombia's wild-west whale watch




A four-day journey to Colombia's rugged and lsolated Pacific coast.

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Explore a lush mangrove jungle paradise by sleepy boat to discover empty river beaches and lush waterfalls. Head out onto the ocean by speedboat to sheltered spots where whales gather to rear their calves.

This tour is available from July to October when whales are migrating through the area.

Further activities can be organised including boat trips to explore further afield, to the Ensenada de Utría National Park; jungle or beach hikes of varying levels of skill and length; sport fishing; diving with professional PADI guides; surfing and kayaking. 

El Cantil Ecolodge
Facing the sea, stay in wooden cabins with shingle roofs among jungle crisscrossed with freshwater streams.The isolated lodge is 35 minutes by boat from the town of Nuquí. It has just seven cabins with private bathrooms, beds with mosquito nets and terraces with hammocks.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Medellín- Nuquí
    Reception at Nuquí Airport and transfer to the dock for approximately 45 minutes boat transfer to Ecolodge El Cantil and check-in. In the afternoon, enjoy a short stroll through the jungle to enjoy cooling waterfalls and on towards empty river beaches before returning for dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 2: Nuquí
    A leisurely morning walk of 3km to admire the pelicans and other birdlife on the way to the ocean. Bathe in thermal springs. In the afternoon, head out by boat for a three-hour trip in one of the best places on South America's west coast to spot humpback whales.
  • Day 3: Nuquí
    A more strenuous morning walk following the Terco River deep into the lush jungle interior. In the afternoon, another chance to head out along the coast to spot whales, which gather among the sheltered inlets.
  • Day 4: Nuquí - Medellín
    Morning departure after breakfast by boat to Nuquí and transfer to the airport. Departure by flight to Medellín or Quibdo.
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