This tiny Afro-Colombian town is as famous for its mode of arrival as for the town itself. Situated on the little-used Cali–Buenaventura railroad and 15km from the nearest road, residents have come up with ingenious homemade rail trolleys powered by motorcycles, the front wheel fixed in the air, the back wheel in contact with one of the rails. Passengers sit on small wooden benches as they fly through the lush jungle at ridiculous speed – a truly remarkable experience. There is only one track and many trolleys are deficient in the brakes department. While not common, crashes have been reported. Hold on tight and wear shoes so you can jump off in an emergency.
The town is in the middle of the jungle on the Pacific side of the mountain range. A nearby river with crystal-clear water makes for a relaxing swim. You can go inner-tubing along much of its length – many places rent tubes for around COP$5000. There are also several waterfalls you can walk to. Guides for treks charge around COP$20,000 per group.
It rains heavily here so bring wet weather gear. The Fundación San Cipriano charges COP$1500 admission to the area.