The Colombian Pacific coast is a region where one rediscovers the bewitching nature of the sea, its pristine jungles, exotic beaches, fauna and flora, kind hospitality and rich cultural background hark back to a time of fewer complications. The Pacific offers many attractions such as scuba diving, bird-watching and hikes along indescribably beautiful trails as well as every year between the months of July and October the Colombian Pacific Coast is a true marvel of nature when the humpback whales arrive from the north in search of warmer waters and along with them migratory birds and the golfito marine turtles.

The climate is humid and rainy and the season with the most sunshine is between January and March and the least sunshine, between August and November. The average temperature in these parts is 28 ºC although when it rains this drops somewhat.

This region is considered as one of the most bio-diverse and rainy areas on earth with an average annual rainfall of 4000mm. This environmental wonderland is reached by flight since all of this area is largely protected and virgin so there are few roads and those that do exist are very basic.

Gorgona National Park is one of the jewels of the Pacific Coast, a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers. It is an island located 46 km from the town of Guapi in the Cauca department, approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes by boat from there. The park area measures 61,687 hectares of which 97 per cent are marine areas and the rest are land.

Originally the island was inhabited by pre-Columbian communities from 1300AD; this culture subsequently disappeared after the arrival of the Spaniard Diego de Almagro in 1526 who named the place San Felipe. Later the Spanish Conquistador Pizarro arrived and due to the high prevalence of snakes renamed the island Gorgona. From 1960 to 1984 this island served as a prison colony until the August 7 1985 when Gorgona was declared a national natural monument in order to protect the marine area and the island ecosystem.

Nowadays, this is a true paradise for underwater world enthusiasts, the island’s ecosystem includes the largest coral reef in the Colombian Pacific and its water are host of dolphins, humpback whales, sea lions, sharks and turtles. Also, Gorgona, with 8km long and 2.5km wide, provides visitors with many trail opportunities. After 5pm due to the number of snakes people must wear rubber boots and remain in the company of a specialised guide.

Nuquí is the Pacific coast’s Eden and is located in the northern region of the Pacific coast on the Gulf of Tribugá in the Chocó department, between the Ancachi and Nuquí Rivers with the jungle all around. This region is, for the most part, inhabited by people of indigenous and African descent who dedicate their lives to fishing, agriculture, woodcutting and other jungle resources. The only way of getting to Nuquí is by air from Quibdo or Medellín, being the minimum flight time 1 hour; or by boat from Bahia Solano.

This is a paradise for bird watchers, water sports enthusiasts, fishing and unspoiled nature. Nuquí easily inspires artists and poets offering incredible views of an exuberant forest, beaches, waterfalls, stones and boulders of many colours, exotic plants and curious animals in one of the richest most diverse ecosystems on earth.

Bahía Solano is a corner of the Colombian Pacific coast which blends beaches with fantastic waves and the exuberance of the tropical rainforest. This is the ideal setting given the wealth of biodiversity here, streams, waterfalls, and an inspirational sunset. The Valle River leads you inland to indigenous communities and the peace here is broken only by birdsong, toucans in flight or a dolphin jumping.