The Pacific Coast

Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
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Trip End Dec 13, 2006


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Monday, November 20, 2006

Leaving Jerico I headed for the region of Choco which consists of lots of jungle and the pacific coastline. I left at 5am and took 2 buses to get me into Quibdo about 10pm at night!! The roads were really bad.. narrow and muddy with steep drops and several small landslides along the way, but the spectacular views of the River which we followed for most of the way made it a worthwhile trip. I arrived in the town of Quibdo, got off the bus, and as I was standing on the pavement a small rat fell on my head!! It immediately scurried off and when I looked up to see where it had come from there was a cat with a huge grin on its face looking down at me, having obviously just chased the rat. I found a crappy overpriced hotel room for the night and then when I went out for food got hassled by a drunk guy for money. Quibdo wasn't my favourite place so far.... The following morning I had a quick look around the town and decided there was nothing here to make me want to stay. I headed to the airport and managed to get a seat on a small plane to Bahia Solano on the pacific coast. The day was clear and sunny so I got great views of the huge area of jungle which lies west of Quibdo (there are no roads) and also the stunning coastline.
In Bahia Solano I stayed at Cabo Marzo, a friendly homestay with lovely rooms and delicious food. There is also a relaxing terrace area with hammocks and views of the sea. Enrique & Nancy the owners were really helpful showing me around and so for 3 days I did lots of walking along the beaches and through the jungle. This is one of the wettest areas in the world (there was usually some rain late afternoon) and so there are lots of spectacular waterfalls to see, some coming right out onto the beach. I also took a short trip up one of the rivers with an Indian boy in his dugout canoe.. very unstable but great fun. A short jeep ride away was the town of El Valle which isn't very attractive although the people are friendly. Better is the huge sweeping beach of El Alemjal which is unspoilt and very pretty with just a couple of decent hotels to choose from. To get back to civillisation I took another flight all the way back to Medellin - this plane was even smaller with only 10 seats - and the pilot kindly did a flyover tour of the city before we landed.
Only a few days left in Colombia now so I am heading South to catch my flight back to the USA out of Cali.
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