There are several waterfalls, such as Cascada Chocólatal and Cascada Cocacola, within a 30-minute to 2-hour hike from Bahía Solano. Unless your hotel draws you a good map, you’re bound to get lost, so it’s best to hire a guide through a tour agency. Treks through the jungle to visit indigenous communities can also be arranged.
Bahía Solano is Colombia’s premier sportfishing destination, and it attracts big-game fishermen from all over the world. There’s good fishing for wahoo, sierra, and yellowfin tuna from March to June. For marlin and sailfish (catch and release), October through December, when the water is rough and choppy, is your best bet. Most fishermen arrange packages through their hotel, though 8-hour excursions can be arranged.
Playa Almejal and environs are some of Colombia’s best surf spots. There are both left and right breaks and the swells can get big and fast, which attracts a considerable amount of experienced surfers. You can negotiate rentals from a surf shack or two near the beach, though don’t expect great quality. Tour agencies like Pacifico will take surfers to more remote waves.
Colombia’s Pacific Coast is right on a whale migration route, so from late July to about October, humpback whales come up from the South Pole to breed in the warm waters. In places like El Valle or Parque Nacional Utría, they can sometimes be seen right from the shore. Nearly every hotel or tour operator in the region will offer tours during the season. Prices average around COP$150,000 per person, though they depend on the number of people in the boat.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.