Get ready for the wild and remote region of Chocó on Colombia's lesser-visited Pacific coast, which is the crux of this 7-day itinerary. The trip starts with a flight to Nuqui in a dense rainforest where you'll spend three days exploring tiny villages and partaking in a variety of activities like canoe rides, hiking, cooking with locals, whale watching, and soaking in hot springs. End the trip in one of Latin America's most exciting cities (Medellín) and then visit a nearby coffee farm to round out this awesome Colombian adventure.

Highlights

  • Explore the dangerous past and innovative urban growth of Medellín
  • Watch majestic whales playing just offshore
  • Relax in thermal pools surrounded by jungle
  • Enjoy the relaxed vibes of the local villages, and learn about local cuisines

Brief Itinerary 

Day  Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Medellín Medellín
Day 2 Flight to Nuqui Nuqui
Day 3 Whale Watching, Hiking & Hot Springs Nuqui
Day 4 Joví River: Canoe & Village Day-Trip Nuqui
Day 5 Flight to Medellín (optional city tour) Medellín
Day 6 Coffee Finca Day-Tour Medellín
Day 7 Depart Medellín   

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive in Medellín

Cable cars in Medellín

Welcome to Medellín! You will be picked up at the Medellín airport and then transferred to a hotel nearby. Depending on the time of your flight, you can explore on your own, or join a local tour to learn more about this thriving, modern city. 

Despite its dangerous past, Medellín today is quite charming with its beautiful mountain setting, friendly locals, and vibrant culture. Most of the city's tourism is centered around Parque Lleras in the heart of the trendy El Poblado district, where the best dining, nightlife, and hotel options are within easy reach. You can take a ride on the city's gondola (metro cable) to see the views, or walk around the various parks, plazas, and museums. Either way, enjoy the weather -- due to a high elevation near the equator, the city has year-round spring temperatures.

Day 2: Flight to Nuqui

Beautiful view from your lodge

This morning you'll fly to the village of Nuqui on Colombia's undeveloped Pacific coast. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred by boat to the pristine beaches of Guachalio (the main draw of Nuqui). From here, you will have a chance to get settled in your room.

After lunch, there will be free time to enjoy the surroundings. You can relax on the sand, take a dip in the area's thermal hot springs, or head out on one of the ecological trails through the lush rainforest.

Day 3: Whale Watching, Hiking & Hot Springs

Whale watching

Start the morning with a boat trip in search of humpback whales accompanied by a local guide. This is a great way to see these gentle giants up close. The impressive mammal is a regular in the Chocó region, found in the warm water and low currents, as they make their way to their breeding ground in the Tribugá Gulf.

After that, enjoy lunch on El Cantil beach. In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a nature walk that's known for thermal hot springs. Bring your suit!

Day 4: Joví River: Canoe & Village Day-Trip

Visiting traditional villages in El Chocó

After breakfast, head to the friendly village of Joví and sail along the river via dugout canoes reaching the destination of La Chontadura Waterfall, where you can take a dip in the clear water.

Afterwards, continue canoeing to reach another village called Coqui and take a cooking lesson with the local women, many whom are most wonderful chefs and true experts on the region’s traditional flavors. Following lunch, you will have free time to explore the village surroundings by foot. At the end of the afternoon, a boat will pick you up and take you to our hotel.

Day 5: Flight to Medellín (optional city tour)

View of Medellín from Nutibara hill

Welcome to Medellín! You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to a hotel nearby. Depending on the time of arrival, you can enjoy the afternoon on your own, or explore the city with an English-speaking tour guide who will cover some of the following sites:

  • Check out the Botanical Gardens and see the iconic collection of bronze sculptures at Botero Plaza.
  • Take a ride on the city’s innovative urban renewal project: cable cars that start at the city center towards lesser-visited neighborhoods along the mountainside (great views!)
  • Walk through Parque Arvi's nature preserve and see another beautiful view of the city.
  • Learn more about flamenco dancing at the Casa de la Memoria museum.
  • End the day with a visit to the indigenous site of Nutibara Hill and the “Pueblito Paisa” -- a replica of a typical turn-of-the-century Antioquia town. 

Day 6: Coffee Finca Day-Tour

Coffee berries

Visit a gorgeous coffee finca (farm) located near the small town of Los Palomos -- about an hour drive from Medellín. Here, you will taste the plantation's most recent harvest, and take a walking tour with a coffee grower who will explain the bean growing process first-hand. Learn how coffee is linked to every Colombian family and how it became a source of pride for locals.

Day 7: Depart Medellín

Botero Plaza - sculptures by Fernando Botero

It's time to say farewell to Colombia! Enjoy your last moments in the beautiful city of Medellín with a leisurely breakfast, city stroll, and/or souvenir shopping.  A representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home.

Map

Map of Medellín & the Pacific Coast - 7 Days
Map of Medellín & the Pacific Coast - 7 Days