Coquí ★, a rural farming and fishing village founded by escaped slaves about 20-minutes south of Nuquí by boat, is home to some of the best-preserved mangrove forests on the Pacific. Ask at the office of the community-based Jóvenes Ecoguiás de Coquí about 1- to 3-hour tours of the mangroves in chingos, hand-carved dugout canoes. Prices range from COP$40,000 to COP$100,000. You’ll see it just off the beach once you arrive in Coqui.
The whale migration season runs from late July to October, and during that period, they come close enough to shore that you can see them from your eco-lodge. Day trips can be organized to Parque Nacional Utría, where humpback whales breed and nurse their young in sheltered lagoons. Every hotel can set up a whale-watching excursion, and most offer packages. Prices average around COP$100,000 per person, depending on the number of people in the boat.