Chocó attractions

Wildlife Reserve in El Valle

Estación Septiembre

On Playa Cuevita, 5km south of El Valle along the coast, is the turtle-nesting sanctuary and research station of Estación Septiembre. From June to December sea turtles arrive to lay eggs. The best time to see them i…
National Park in Chocó

Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) Ensenada de Utría

This national park surrounding a narrow inlet of water is one of the best places to see whales close up from land. During the calving season they enter the ensenada (inlet) and play just a few hundred meters from sh…
Waterfall in Bahía Solano

Salto del Aeropuerto

A short walk from the airport, this high-volume waterfall pours into deep, crystal-clear swimming holes where you can spot giant freshwater shrimp.
Gardens in Playa Mecana

Jardín Botánico del Pacífico

A 170-hectare nature reserve running alongside the Río Mecana made up of mangroves, virgin tropical forest and a botanical garden of native plants and trees. Its staff includes members of the local Emberá indigenous…
Beach in Nuquí

Playa Olímpica

Just south of the mouth of the Río Nuquí, rugged Playa Olímpica stretches as far as the eye can see. A local named Señor Pastrana can paddle you across the river in his dugout canoe (COP$6000). To find him, walk sou…
Waterfall in Bahía Solano

Cascada Chocolatal

Near the south end of town you'll find this impressive waterfall that empties into an icy-cold swimming hole. The jungle towers over you on both sides of the riverbank in a cascade of flowers and birdsong.