First things first, the location, Capurganá is a village of Acandí, a municipality that is north of Chocó, right on the Gulf of Urabá and very close to the border with Panama.
Its name means “chili land” in the language of the indigenous Cuna. You can get there by two means, air and water.
My personal experience is maritime. We traveled more than 590 km from Pereira to the town of Necoclí, Antioquia on a road trip.
We leave Pereira at 8 o’clock in the morning via La Pintada, from there we continue towards Santa Fe de Antioquia, and from Santa Fe we follow the route to Chigorodó, going through Carepa, passing through Apartadó, Turbo and finally reaching Necoclí.
This trip can be done in two sessions, in a single session with an approximate duration of 11 hours of travel, of course the travel time depends on each trip. Or the other is stopping in Santa Fe de Antioquia, which allows to know this municipality, rest (important) and then leave for Necoclí.
Necoclí is a picturesque and hot place, but in which we did not spend more than one night.
Early in the morning we went to the dock to embark towards the long-awaited Capurganá. At this point there is something that should be told if you want to start this adventure: patience.
Unfortunately, maritime transport in the region only includes one company, so the lack of competition has meant that the service does not “need” to improve.
Reservations do not exist so it is best to get up early (early in the word) and wait out in a boat as soon as possible. The good thing is the boats, they are big, comfortable and powerful.
Depending on the state of the sea, the trip can last between 50 minutes and almost two hours, but it is very pleasant. The landscapes are fantastic.
The vegetation is exuberant and reaches just the precipices that fight against the inclement sea. The union between green and blue is truly unique.
Capurganá is the perfect combination of friendly people, good food, beaches, forests and above all, good weather.
The large amount of vegetation does not allow the presence of infernal heat as in other beaches of the Caribbean which makes the stay much more pleasant.
Food in general is not expensive, although of course it depends on what you want to eat and there is also a wide variety of foods.
Yes, all very local: lobster, crab, shrimp cocktail and of course carimañolas, egg arepa, hidden love and all those caribbean delicacies.
WHAT TO DO IN CAPURGANÁ?
The plans offered by the region are very varied. You can visit several beaches such as Sapzurro from where you can “cross” the Darién stop to get to Panama on the beach known as La Miel.
But there are also more adventurous plans, such as deep hikes in the Chocoan jungle to see waterfalls such as El Cielo, where you can go through varied streams and waterfalls, swim in wells of crystal clear water and even enjoy a ride.
Unquestionably, Capurganá is a destination that has been earning its reputation to pulse.
It is a wonderful and unique place in which any type of visitor has a place, in which you can really disconnect from technology and stress and where you can appreciate the wonders of our country and the urgent need to protect them, take care of them and enjoy them.
If you are willing to have a patient and uncomplicated attitude, this destination will be a true paradise, where you can divide your taste between adventure and rest.
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