Whales, Turtles & Sharks
Get close to massive humpback whales at Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) Ensenada de Utría or head out at night to watch sea turtles lay their eggs near El Valle. Divers can swim among hundreds of sharks at Islas Malpelo and Gorgona.
Framed by jungle-covered mountains, the rugged gray beaches of the region are breathtaking and mostly deserted. Guachalito and Playa Almejal both have fine resorts wedged between the jungle and the sea. Surfers will find excellent breaks around Arusí and El Valle.
Trekking & Canoeing
Often overlooked by hikers, the Chocó boasts fantastic off-the-beaten-track treks to waterfalls deep in the jungle. On the water, check out the region’s amazing biodiversity while paddling up the Río Joví or Río Juribidá in a dugout canoe.