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Colombia's Pacific Coast

~Where the Jungle meets the ocean~

 

 

 

 

 
 
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~Playa Almejal...

!Flights daily to bahia solano from medellin!

 

  The Humpback Turtle has been the place for like minded travelers on the Pacific Coast since 2011, when the first bungalow was born.  Since then, we along with the local community have put our hearts and souls into what the Humpback is today.  We offer private rooms, dorm beds, as well as a covered camp site with hammocks and lockers.  Our restaurant serves fresh fish daily, and delicious flavors come from our extensive organic garden.  We have a vibey beach bar, where you can have a cold beer or fruit juice while watching the waves crash.  Everything has been made with natural materials from the region, with palm thatch roofs, tropical hardwood floors, and cane and bamboo walls. As we are right on the beach in front of the Pacific Ocean, the sea breeze keeps nights cool and the verdant jungle the air fresh. Nestled amidst our lush gardens and between 2 streams, the Humpback is your spot from which to explore the beauty of Choco and the magic of the Pacific Coast!.

~accommodation~

~ Hammock                      $25,000

~ Dorm Beds                    $39,000

~ Private Room                $60,000

  • Prices per person per night, in COP, with shared bathroom~

~Restaurante~

~Breakfast Included

~Lunch $16,000

~DInner $16,000

~ Locally caught fish and homegrown herbs and fruits is our speciality;)

 

 

 

 Phone

+57 322 3742923

+57 3145389792

Email

thehumpbackturtle@

gmail.com

 

Location

Playa Almejal

El Valle, Bahia Solano

Choco

Pacific Coast, Colombia

 

Hours

Daily 8am-11pm

 

 

 

 

What 2 do...The Pacific Coast of Choco

Here at the Humpback we are spoiled for options...located right on the beach, nesteld between 2 fresh water streams, and backed by one of the most bio-diverse jungles in the world!

  • Rio y Selva Hike
    • 2.5 hour walk from the beach, up through the jungle down the ridge to the Tundo River, on to the village of El Valle
    • 25,000 per person
  • Las Cascadas de El Tigre 
    • Stunning waterfall that crashes into the beach, beautiful pools of crystal clear water upstream
    • 30 minutes in boat each way, day trip.......65,000 per person 
  • Tundo River/Jungle Hike

    • The Tundo River meanders through the dense Choco Rain Forest, many birds and other jungle fauna

    • 3-4 hours.....50,000 per person

  • Utria National Park

    • Isla Playa Blanca, coral reef, elevated trail through Mangrove forest

    • 90,000 per person boat transport.....45+- minute boat ride each way, day trip

    • Park Entrance fee of 43,000 foreigners / 18,000 with Colombian ID or Student ID

  • Embera Indigenous Community

    • Indigenous Community of the Embera Tribe, 2 hours up the Rio Valle each way

    • Cultural exchange with the Indigenous, Views of the Rio Valle and the agricultural heart of the area, local flora and fauna

    • 150,000 per person including boat transport, guide, and lunch

  • Playa Larga

    • 1.5 hour walk down the beach, over the headlands and through the jungle to a beautiful beach with a waterfall upstream!

    • 35,000 per person

  • Surf El Valle and Reefs

    • We rent boards and give lessons in front of the hostel on Almejal Beach

    • Surf trips to Juna and Bananal reef breaks:  150,000 per person

  • Game Fishing

    • This section of the Pacific Coast has world class game fishing, Red Snapper, Dorado, Golden Travalley, Sail Fish, Marlin, Barracuda, Amber Jack, Yellow Fin Tuna, and the list goes on....

    • Coastal/Reef Fishing: 110,000 per person

  • Jurubira Hot Springs

    • 1.5 hour boat ride to the small village Jurubira, a 15 min walk through the jungle to the stunning rustic jungle hot springs

    • 190,000 per person

  • Sea Turtle Viewing (August - December)

    • A night walk down the beaches of Almejal and La Cuevita, looking for sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand

    • 35,000 per person

We work directly with local guides, boat captains, restaurants, families and friends to ensure a unique and truly pacific experience!

Be sure to book your tours with us at the hostel to ensure quality service and knowledgable guides

~Whale Season 2018~

 

 

the humpbacks Have already Gone South, but we will see them again next year!!

Whale Season on the Pacific Coast of Colombia is from July to October!  We are fortunate to be located in the Gulf of Tribuga, where the Humpback Whales travel thousands of miles yearly migrating to these rich waters to give birth!  It is a spectacular display of nature at its rawest.  

~Whale watching trips go daily throughout the season, $120,000 pp~2/3 hrs~

We work directly with the local boat captains and whale guides, and you can book these tours at the reception!

~When we arrived to this amazing land many years ago, we realized our duty to preserve its natural beauty!

 

  Here at the Humpback we take great pride and our dedicated to Conscious and Sustainable practices.  We recycle the great majority of trash produced in the hostel, with separation of Glass, Aluminium, Paper, and Organic "Trash."  There is no trash service from the local government given our location on the beach, hence we took the matter into our own hands, as we use these recycled materials for alternative construction methods!

From there very beginning, we have invested heart and soul into the land.  At this point we are blessed to have an extensive organic farm, where we have more than 15 types of fruit trees, and a wide array of herbs and vegetables.  All of our fertilizer is produced in house through our kitchen compost, and our "baños secos" which are dry composting toilets. Through these methods we have been able to maintain healthy, productive, organic produce which we serve daily in our restaurant!

~How 2 Get Here?!?

 

!The are NO roads coming From the Interior of Colombia into Bahia Solano nor the entire coast of Choco, giving us something of an Island vibe.  As a result You must fly in from Medellin or from Quibdo, boat up from Buenaventura, or boat down from Panama!

 

     ~ There are daily flights from Medellin's Olaya Herrera Airport in El Poblado to Bahia Solano. For flight purchases you can try Satena Airlines as well as ADA Airlines 

 

~To the Humpback from Bahia Solano airport~ 

take a taxi to El Valle, just tell them you are going to the "Tortuga Jorobada"

15,000 per person and takes 45 minutes!

       ~Alternatively you can take the cargo boat from Buenaventura to Bahia Solano, which leaves every Tuesday from Buenaventura, and every Saturday back from Bahia Solano to Buenaventura!  Takes about 24 hours, costs 150,000 pesos, and includes 3 meals and a bunk bed!  You can call the Captain Oscar at +57 3146178859 for info~  The boat leaves from the "Bodega de Renacer" in El Piñol area in Buenaventura.

To and from Nuqui....

Boats leave Mondays and Fridays from Nuqui to El Valle, where the Humpback Turtle is located.  Boats leave around 6 am and cost 70,000 per person, returning back to Nuqui the same day around 11 am!

 

Reservations

Please send us an email to thehumpbackturtle@gmail.com or a Facebook message to the Humpback FB page if you have any questions.

For an amazing ride through Colombia, check out a group of hostels we belong where good vibes are assured!~Colombian Hostels~

For another epic experience of a lifetime, try Casa en el Agua;~)