_I absolutely loved this remote part of Colombia: there are no cars but horses, the cliffs on the ocean are full of trees with basically no constructions, a lot of nice excursions in the jungle and along the coast, nice snorkeling, good prices and fruit trees everywhere where you can pick up your free delicious healthy snacks!
The boat ride from Turbo to Capurgana, COP$55k, was pretty rough though: 3.5hrs in a lancha going against the waves... bang bang on your seat no stop. In Capurgana we stayed at Hostel Marlin, on the ocean, private room with bath COP30k. Hostel Gecko run by Italians is nice too but more expensive. We hiked to La Coqueria, with natural pools in front of the ocean, 30 min from town, and to Aguacate, a nice bay with good snorkeling, 1hr gorgeous walk along the jungle by the coast. Hector from Cabanas Darius was our guide, recommended.
From Capurgana you can reach Sapzurro either crossing the mountain for a good 1hr hike in the jungle, or taking a lancha for 10min, COP7k. I like this town even more: it's smaller, and on a gorgeous enclosed bay with a coral reef. It's more expensive. We stayed at Mystic Roots, COP25k per person, low season price for a nice room w bath in front of the ocean. Andy, the owner, is an interesting English man that told us a lot about the area and took us for a 30 min hike to La Miel in Panama to visit Marco's property, a dreamy piece of sandy beach with jungle behind, where there are monkeys, toucans, dolphins, and huge turtles leaving their eggs at night. Unbelievable. Andy practices Acro-Yoga and he made me fly for a little bit on top of his legs. Marco is developing this piece of land into an eco-community and hostel from where his boat trips to San Blas will start. Only problems with this paradise: mosquitos and unreliable electricity/wifi.
Robbert flew back home and I'll be on my own for the last week. Goodbye my friend and see you soon for more adventures!
Great post, Capurganá and Sapzurro are a great hidden place in Colombia. I think it is better to do the boat trip from SAn Blas to there than Cartagena.
10/14/2013 01:41:00 am
@ Josian: agree on the boat ride. Most of the people I spoke to about the boat ride panama- cartagena told me horrible stories of bad sea!
3/15/2021 12:14:13 pm
These horses live a life of abuse. As a vet, I know the trauma and pain lugging supplies around town does to their body. It's daily torture. Please stop promoting such things.
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