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Capurganá, a natural jewel in the Caribbean coast of Colombia

For domestic and foreign visitors, the population of Capurganá is, perhaps, one of the favorite tourist destinations in Colombia. The urban hub, with approximately 2,000 inhabitants, is built beside extensive white sand beaches, surrounded by an imposing tropical forest, and makes it possible to carry out different activities or to take several tours, in order to get to know this part the Colombian Pacific.

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For many, Capurganá it is the natural jewel of Colombia. Its landscapes, made up of strong green colors belonging to the Darien forest, its paradise-like beaches, and the warmth of its native people, have turned to this zone of the country into an ideal place for echo touristic trips and excursions, as well as for family relaxation. Beautiful Capurganá is located in the Golfo de Urabá (Gulf of Urabá), Department of Chocó, and it borders the Panamanian frontier, a territorial limit you may reach in an unforgettable ecological walk. Even though this population is located in the Colombian Pacific, its waters belong to the Caribbean Sea, which allows tourist to visit other nearby destinations.

Traveling onwards from Capurganá

After travelling Capurganá, tourists may return to Medellín and take a flight or a road trip to Caribbean destinations such as Mompox, Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Parque Nacional Tayrona (Tayrona National Park) and Cartagena. Capurganá counts on an elaborated hotel infrastructure, in terms of tourist activities in this area of Colombia, among which stands out Hotel Almar, with over 25 years of experience in tourist activities and accommodation services. Likewise, there are several hostels and hotels with different ranges as to their prices and accommodation facilities. The main attractions in Capurganá are:

  • Visiting the Isla de los Pájaros (Birds Island)
  • The Piscina de Los Dioses (Swimming pool of the Gods)
  • El Aguacate beach
  • The ecological walk to Cascada del Cielo (Sky Waterfalls)

Another place with a massive a influx of tourists is Sapzurro, an impressive natural bay (bordering Panama), which is a two hour walk, from where you may head for La Miel, the first Panamanian population in the Caribbean Sea.

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Travel Tips

Adequate clothing:

While you are in beaches of Capurganá, it is recommended to wear short pants and plastic flip-flops, but since it is a rain forest, it is recommended to have an impermeable jacket at hand, because a small downpour may fall anytime. Likewise, for ecological long walks, it is recommended to wear long pants in order to avoid mosquito bites, as well as very comfortable shoes.

How to get there:

By airplane: it is possible to arrive at the airport of Capurganá from various capital cities of the country (Bogota, Cali, Medellín, Bucaramanga, among others), always through a connection in Medellín. By land and sea: Due to the topographic characteristics of the area, Capurganá still doesn´t count on road access, but it is possible to get to Turbo, through the road that connects Medellín to the ocean. From Turbo, at the El Wafe port, you can ride a boat that will take you to Capurganá in two hours. In order to travel to the Department of Chocó, you need to be vaccinated against yellow fever.

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