Pacific

The Colombian Pacific begins with the city of Cali and includes the expansive Valle del Cauca, as well as the major port city of Buenaventura and the Chocó department. It is a natural paradise for whale watching and home to some of Colombia’s most valuable natural resources.

Bahia Solano in Colombia

Cruising the Pacific tides in Bahía Solano

Isolated and peaceful, the Pacific town of Bahía Solano is a perfect getaway for nature lovers and whale watchers.

An unexpected trip to Cerro Tokio

Once the scene of a fierce battle, Cerro Tokio (Tokio Hill) is now part of the tourist circuit in Valle del Cauca.
The whale season in Colombia starts mid July and runs until October.

Whale season in Bahía Malaga

From July until October, thousands of grey humpback whales congregate in the warm waters near Bahía Malaga.
The streets of Condoto, Choco.

Hymns to Condoto ‘Town’

The recently-released album by Colombia’s favorite hip-hop trio ChocQuibTown sings the praises of Condoto.

Never miss out on a beach: Four of Colombia’s most beautiful

With a Caribbean and Pacific coastline, there are countless stretches of beach in Colombia to explore, each with their own beauty and natural charm. Here four options for your next excursion.
San Cipriano brujitas by Esme McAvoy

‘Witch’craft and railroads

It's not magic. The motorized 'brujita' rail cars of San Cipriano are an exciting way to visit the Pacific town.
Utria National Park in Chocó by Sebastien Longhurst

On Utría time

Operating on a different concept of time, the Parque Nacional Ensenada de Utría is a revitalizing and dramatic destination.

More of paradise in a post-conflict Colombia

Think you’ve seen it all? Colombia's post-conflict is opening up travel destinations unseen until now by the outside world.
Not everything foreigners are exposed to makes for a picture-perfect moment.

Looking beyond the beach

Colombia is pushing its ethno-tourism. But not everything we are shown makes for a picture perfect moment.
Tatacoa desert in Colombia

Beyond the Tatacoa sky

Appearing out of nowhere, the Tatacoa is one of Colombia's most unusual landscapes and a window to the stars.
Chevrolet Corvair in the Darien

The lost Corvair of the Darien

In 1961, a Chevrolet dealer in Chicago sponsored an attempt to cross the Darien Gap. Only two of three cars ever arrived.
View of colonial Pasto, capital of Nariño.

The gentle side of Pasto

Pasto. There's never a dull moment when spending time next to a volcano and a trout filled lake.
View of the grey beaches of Gorgona island.

Gorgona: “Terrible” times

A former prison colony in Colombia's Pacific waters is now a nature reserve for deep water scuba diving.
A fisherman navigates the waters near Tumaco, Colombia.

Turning the tide in Tumaco

Cut off from most of Colombia by miles of impenetrable forest, tides and tusnamis Tumaco is an isolated Pacific "pearl."

Cali: City of atonements

For many, Cali is synonymous with salsa. Garreth Parks explores a city with a more genteel feel.
The hacienda of 'La María' in Paraiso, Valle de Cauca.

Destination ‘Paraíso’

The hacienda Jorge Isaacs built in the Valle de Cauca has become a literary shrine to his great heroine and novel, La María.