Welcome to Buenaventura
The largest city on this coast, Buenaventura is Colombia's busiest port and if ever there was an example of the failure of the nation's economic growth to improve the lot of its poorest residents, it is here. More than 60% of Colombia's legal exports pass through these docks; yet Buenaventura remains dreadfully poor and underdeveloped. Much of the nation's illegal exports pass through here, too, with associated power struggles often leading to outbreaks of violence.
The only reason to come here is transportation. Most tourist traffic runs through the muelle turístico (tourist wharf). This part of town is quite safe, and many restaurants and hotels cluster nearby.