One tourist experience that, for years, has stolen the hearts of Colombians and foreigners alike, is watching humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean.
And, while Colombia is known for its spectacular beaches in the Caribbean Sea, it's important to recall that the country is bordered by two oceans, and that the Pacific holds vast treasures that you won't want to miss out on.
The breathtaking spectacle offered by the humpback whales, which can be up to about 52 feet long, occurs between the months of July and November when hundreds of these majestic cetaceans arrive in the warm Colombian waters to give birth, culminating a long journey that began in Antarctica.
Two of the best places to view these beautiful creatures are Nuquí and Bahía Solano, which are located in the department of Chocó.
The most comfortable way to reach these locations is by taking a direct flight from Bogotá, Medellín or Quibdó. There are also those who travel by water from Buenaventura.
The trip will definitely be worth it, as both Nuquí and Bahía Solano are ideal places for hopping on a boat and sailing the Pacific Ocean with the company of expert guides who, with their great knowledge of the area and dedication to the highest safety standards, will take you to enjoy this adventure as much as possible. With the help of these guides, you'll be able to enjoy the humpback whales' remarkable songs, their mating rituals, and the birth of their calves up close.
To enjoy this experience as much as possible, don't forget to bring comfortable clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, hydration, and, of course, a good camera and pair of binoculars, as you won't want to miss a second of the incomparable spectacle you'll be witnessing.
In addition to whale-watching, both Nuquí and Bahía Solano offer a number of other activities. Both locations possess an impressive, unique level of biodiversity and, therefore, are perfect for ecological and adventure tourism.
You can participate in different activities like scuba-diving, where you'll discover underwater wonders hidden in the Pacific, or hike to find hidden places in the jungle of El Chocó, such as the thermal springs and romantic Cascada del Amor (Waterfall of Love) located in Nuquí.
At the end of the day, you can sample the area's delicious cuisine, which consists of fresh fish and delicacies like sopa de queso (cheese soup), and then relax in one of the local small, cozy hotels.
What are you waiting for? Dare to have your own adventure with the great natural wealth of the Colombian Pacific, especially with the amazing humpback whales. It'll be an experience you'll never forget.