Witness the sheer strength of Colombian nature: the extraordinary migrating methods of humpback whales, traits of sea turtles laying eggs and the coexistence of a world of biodiversity.
Where: Pacific Coast, El Chocó
Duration: 3-5 days
Number of participants: 4-16
Cost: From $499 p/p (price doesn't include international flights)
Language: Spanish or English
Dates: All year round (June-October whale season, September to December turtle season)
Watch migrating whales and sea turtles
Few events in nature match witnessing a sea turtle emerge onto the beach at night, lay up to 100 eggs and crawl back into the depths of the ocean. Well, maybe breaching humpback whales or surfacing dolphins. As well as experiencing these unforgettable events, you will take part in turtle and mangrove conservation projects and learn about the fine balance the world faces when supporting local communities and protecting animal species while staying in a stunning eco lodge.
Day 1: Discover a world of biodiversity
Take a short flight to one of Colombia's most biodiverse regions: El Pacifico. Settle into our sustainable eco-lodge which overlooks a rugged beach swarming with remarkable marine life. Enjoy a presentation into the remarkable flora and fauna bursting from this coastal area which resembles Jurassic Park.
Day 2: Witness migrating whales
Jump aboard your private boat to witness migrating humpback whales breaching the water and feeding their young. We dock at the untamed Parque Utria where we explore stunning mangroves and snorkel next to a deserted beach. As darkness falls set out along the beach led by torchlight looking for hatching sea turtles.
Day 3: Release sea turtle hatchlings
Take part in a sea turtle conservation project by releasing hatchlings into the ocean. Head along the beach to three spectacular waterfalls. Shower under the falling waters before indulging in traditional leaf-wrapped lunch. You'll get the chance to help local artisans by purchasing handcrafted jewellery. Final dinner of freshly caught fish.
Day 4 - Eco trek and snorkelling
We enjoy an ecological trek to some stunning waterfalls before diving below the clear waters for some snorkelling. After a fish lunch we enjoy a sunset yoga session on a private section of the beach.
Day 5 - Departures
Early departures from the Pacific to either Medellín or Bogotá.
(note: whale and turtle activities are seasonal)
How you will travel responsibly
This trip demonstrates to each one of our guests that it is possible to travel without leaving a negative environmental impact. Each experience and activity has been carefully developed so that we can measure its impact on communities and the environment. From buying and eating locally-sourced products to only using environmentally-friendly materials and from working with and supporting communities to offering educational services to local schools, this trip has been developed in such a way that we can legitimately call it "sustainable."