Solano Bay - El Valle |Whale watching (Comfort level: high)
• You may get to know the hunters’ (now ex hunters) trails found in the middle of the jungle; these ancient paths are part of Choco’s ecological patrimony and pride.
• Sail the Pacific’s waters in search of Yubarta whales that migrate during the months of July to October.
• Jump on a canoe and sail the Tundo River. You will be witness to uncountable species of birds, butterflies and frogs, as you slowly make your way through a magical, preserved jungle. Let the kindness of our expert guides bedazzle you; they know the territory like the back of their hand.
• Try the region’s typical cuisine; incredible dishes prepared with chocoanian flavor, as fresh as the catch of the day.
We will arrive at Solano Bay airport during the morning. There we will take a vehicle to the small town of El Valle (one hour away). We will reach El Almejal Beach, and check into the comfortable eco-lodge located at the end of this beach, over the ocean (private cabins with a private bathroom). After lunch our guide will pick us up at the hotel and together we will walk on the beach and go deep into the jungle. On this trek we will be able to see birds, different colored frogs, and all of the nature reserve’s royal beauty. At the end of the trek we will reach El Valle again and from there we will take a motorcycle-taxi that will bring us back to the hotel, on the beach, about 10 minutes away. We will have dinner at the hotel where the cuisine and service are exemplary. There is a turtle sanctuary at the eco-lodge where they keep turtle eggs, protected by Caguama Foundation. Between late October and January turtles come to lay their eggs on the beaches of Choco, more precisely on the beaches you will be visiting. If you get the chance, you should join a turtle search party and find them while they lay their eggs; you may also help guide the baby turtles back into the wild! (Please ask us about these plans, we can include them in your package if you wish or you may book them directly with Caguama Foundation once you are there).
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will take a motorcycle-taxi to El Valle and there we will board a boat to sail the Pacific in search of Yubarta whales that migrate to the area between the months of July and October. Then we will return to El Valle where we will have lunch at a local restaurant or with a local family (this varies depending on your interests). After lunch we will walk to Francisco and Rosita’s house; they are the canoe operators for trips on the Tundo River. There we will board a canoe and sail the river, going upstream, pushed by the strength of this loving couple. They will tell us about the different species of birds and the folklore tales about the river. We will go deep into the jungle and there we may enjoy a refreshing swim in the river’s crystalline waters. Rosita will offer us hot coffee or herbal teas and then we will go back to our starting point. We may walk around the town and then we will take a motorcycle-taxi back to the hotel. Dinner will be ready there.
After breakfast, and depending on the time your plane is programmed to take off, we will have time for R&R during the morning. Then we will take a vehicle to the Solano Bay airport where the trip comes to its end.
It includes:• Transportation: Solano Bay airport – El Almejal Beach (El Valle) - Solano Bay airport.
• 2 nights stay at the Eco-lodge on Almejal Beach (private cabins with their own private bathroom).
• Full meals: 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners (lunch for the second day is at El Valle town, all other meals at the hotel).
• Hot beverages and water at the hotel.
• A trek the very first day accompanied by an expert local guide.
• Whale watching boat trip.
• Tundo River canoe trip.
• 1 Motorcycle-taxi ride the first day; 2 Motorcycle-taxi rides the second day (3 people per Motorcycle-taxi).
• Accident insurance during the whole trip.
does not include:• Air tickets Bogota –Solano Bay - Bogota (We can book the flights for you: Medellin – Solano Bay – Medellin; or give you all the information so you may do it yourself, just ask us!).
• During turtle season it does not include patrols to look for turtles laying their eggs nor freeing turtles into the wild; but if you wish we may include it in your package or you may choose to book it directly with Caguama Foundation once you are there, just ask us!
• Tourism tax in Bahía Solano (you pay $10.000 in the airport).
• Breakfast for day 1 and lunch for day 3.
• Personal expenses.
• Other expenses.
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