PACíFICO

La Barra Buenaventura, town of fishers

AUTHOR: Gustavo Acosta

This was my first backpacking trip in Colombia, I expected to know something new, in my fourth time at La Barra Buenaventura. I feel that everything is new, even more than the first time, so I want to tell you a little about this, one of my favorite places in Colombia.

Beach of La Barra

The Pacific Ocean, some say it is named for the tranquility of its waters, others say that this name was given because in its waters there was still no battle and there everything was quiet.

HOW TO GET TO LA BARRA BUENAVENTURA

To get to La Barra from the Cali Transportation Terminal to Buenaventura. The trip by bus lasts about 3 hours and the price per trip is $25,000 COP.

YOUR FIRST DESTINATION IN BUENAVENTURA WILL BE JUANCHACO

Once in Buenaventura, you must take a taxi to the tourist pier, a taxi charges you about $5,000 COP.

From the pier 1 hour and a half by boat you can get to Juanchaco, the round trip is worth $60,000 COP. Hopefully your boat trip can be very quiet or it can become a bit complicated, it all depends on how the ocean receives you.

Juanchaco is a place not much explored by Colombians, full of mangroves, rocks, animals and always happy people, where you can feel the energy of the Pacific from the moment you disembark there.

THEN YOU MUST PASS THROUGH THE LADRILLEROS BEACHES

The next village that can be accessed is Ladrilleros, you can walk along the beach, depending on the state of the tide at that time, you can get there by motorcycle or by walking uptown.

Beach of Ladrilleros

The beach of Ladrilleros is a place a bit more quiet and without the hustle and bustle of Juanchaco, is where all the hotels and places for the average tourist who wants to spend a good weekend on the beach at a relatively low cost in comparison to the Caribbean coast.

FINALLY ARRIVES AT LA BARRA

From Ladrilleros you walk down the path called “la trocha” and 15 minutes you will reach La Barra, the most peaceful place that this part of the Uramba Bahía Málaga National Natural Park can offer us.

La Barra is the town of the fishermen, of the fighters, the place where the real peaceful people live, the place where they take «viche», and where you never want to go.

Natural swimming pool of the national park Uramba Bahía Malaga

It is a place that if or if you must visit when you go to Juanchaco, is the most striking part of this destination, the natural pools, waterfalls and mangroves of dream take you to a real natural world.

WHERE TO STAY IN LA BARRA BUENAVENTURA

La Barra does not have hotels like Ladrilleros, but here you get in touch with the locals, they offer accommodation services in very well organized cabins from $25,000 COP per night, hammocks and camping for the most warriors.

In the evenings they gather on the beach to make bonfires to the rhythm of the music that anyone imposes, they all become a family and the risk of something bad happening does not cross the mind because they are all one.

Natural swimming pool of the national park Uramba Bahía Malaga

You can perform different activities, such as visiting indigenous communities, surfing, visiting waterfalls, natural pools that form in the sea, fishing with the locals and tasting the delicious delicacies offered by the local women, ranging from $8,000 COP to the $25,000 COP.

SEASON OF PACIFIC MIGRATION

From June to November the humpback whales arrive from the south. August is the best month for your sighting, every day boats leave from the dock of Juanchaco and from La Barra depart native boats, something smaller but safe.

La Barra is a paradise that all Colombians should know and visit at least once in their lives. But it has a problem and we should all be part of the solution, the sea constantly brings with it garbage that is thrown at it from different parts and on this beach all the waste goes.

Together with the communities, we must carry out clean-up days to keep this beach clean and so that more visitors are received with greater pleasure and obviously that the visitors have environmental responsibility.

Child climbed on the branches

After touring a good part of the secrets of Colombia, passing through the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, the Utría Park in Chocó, Caño Cristales, Putumayo and many other places, whenever I return to La Barra.

This is one of my favorite places in Colombia, where if life allows me I will go back one and a thousand times more, that’s why I invite you to know the Colombian Pacific and the waters of La Barra, where you will be charged with energy and you will arrive differently as you arrived.

WHAT MORE TO VISIT NEAR THE COLOMBIAN PACIFIC

Cauca: Gorgona island and Puracé Natural Park
Chocó: Bahia Solano and Capurganá
Nariño: Telpis lagoon
Putumayo: End of the World Waterfall
Quindio: Pijao and Salento

Valle del Cauca: Las Hermosas Natural Park, Bahía Malaga and Malpelo.

Gustavo Acosta

Gustavo Acosta

Administrador de empresas de la Universidad El Bosque y fotógrafo de naturaleza aficionado.

En el año 2013 decidí realizar un viaje diferente en mi país, partiendo de casa de una forma más guerrera. Debido a este viaje tome un estilo de vida diferente y continué viajando así, guerreado, ahorrando dinero y permitiéndome estar más tiempo en cada destino, conocer a profundidad las costumbres de la gente y lo encantador que tiene cada lugar.

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