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Whale Watching in Bahía Málaga: A Hidden Treasure of Colombia (4 days)

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Explore the Wonder of Diversity, Live the Magic of Uramba - Bahía de Málaga ✅

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Adventure, Ecotourismroadtrip:info.difficultyLevel Bajo departuresFrom Buenaventura 4 roadtrip:info.days

Located on the Pacific coast of Colombia, in the municipality of Buenaventura, is the Uramba - Bahía de Málaga National Natural Park. This life sanctuary is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna species, both terrestrial and marine, standing out as one of the global "Hot Spots" of nature conservation. The Bay has earned worldwide recognition for being a crucial point in the seasonal migration of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), which choose these calm, warm waters for breeding and reproduction.

Our packages offer the option of accommodation in Ladrilleros, an area famous for its extensive beaches bathed by the warm waters of the Pacific. This town will allow you not only to appreciate the impressive natural wonders of the region, but also to immerse yourself in the life of the local community, exploring its culture, traditions and gastronomy. Ladrilleros, located a short distance from the Juanchaco dock, offers the best accommodation facilities in the region.


We will visit the beautiful Buenaventura to do different activities. Among them, witnessing a magnificent event in nature such as whale watching. Where, every year humpback whales arrive at the Pacific coast after traveling 8,500 kilometers from Antarctica and southern Chile, to develop their reproductive stage in the country, which includes fertilization, gestation and birth of the whale calves. This spectacle is experienced between the Uramba Bahía Málaga, Gorgona and Utría National Natural Parks.

♻ We will learn about sustainable tourism and responsible whale watching

💦 We will visit the Tres Marías natural pools and the Sierpes waterfalls

🐳 We will make 1 sighting outing of these imposing and wonderful beings

🏝 We will visit Chucheros beach and you will be able to enjoy other incredible beaches of the Pacific


PNN Uramba - Bahía Málaga

The Uramba - Bahía de Málaga National Natural Park is strategically located in the center of the Pacific coast of Colombia, specifically in Buenaventura, belonging to the Department of Valle del Cauca. This natural sanctuary is home to a vast diversity of terrestrial and marine species, constituting itself as a remnant of the Pleistocene and positioning itself as one of the "Hot Spots" of global biodiversity conservation. This place enjoys international recognition for being a favorite destination for the seasonal migration of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). These majestic marine mammals go to the warm and calm waters of the Bay to carry out the birth and care of their young, as well as for reproduction purposes.

Three Marias

A magical place hidden between the sea and the jungle. A space that was closed for more than a decade and has now been reopened for your enjoyment. How to find it? Less than 15 minutes from the towns of Juanchaco and Ladrilleros, in Buenaventura, are Las Tres Marías, natural pools that rest in the middle of the Colombian Pacific. They are the combination of the sea and fresh water in swimming pools. Very easy to access and with an ideal temperature for those who enjoy adventure and nature tourism. In addition, this visit will allow you to discover the wonders of the Bay of Malaga.

Las Sierpes Waterfall

The starting point for the trip to the Sierpes Waterfall is the Juanchaco pier. Sailing through the Colombian Pacific Ocean, the journey has an estimated duration of 35 minutes. Once at the destination, visitors will be greeted by two impressive freshwater falls of considerable height, providing an ideal environment for relaxation and swimming between them, an activity that can last more than 40 minutes.


🚤 Maritime transportation to the Buenaventura tourist dock and back.
🛏️3 nights of accommodation in a hotel selected according to availability at the destination.
🍽️Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
🧾Activities: 1 estuary and mangrove tour, 1 whale watching. 1 Malaga Bay tour. Sierpes - 3 Marias - Chucheros.
🏥 Assistance insurance.
✖️ Does not include: Land Transportation Juanchaco – Ladrilleros – Juanchaco. 7,000 per person each way. Additional tours. Lunch on departure day. Additional whale watching trips, additional value per trip per person 140,000.


It is advisable to have the yellow fever vaccine and carry identification documents.
Children from 0 to 3 years old share accommodation and food with their parents. They do pay maritime transportation and a medical assistance card of $200,000 per child.
Children 4 years and older pay adult rate.
Changes or cancellations between 5 and 15 days before the start of the provision of services will have a charge corresponding to the value of the first night of accommodation and food.
Changes or cancellations between: 4 days before charge of 50% of the total value. 3 days before charge of 75% of the total value. 2 days before charge of 85% of the total value of accommodation and food. 1 day before 100% charge.
Any cancellation regardless of the time in which it is generated has a charge corresponding to 10% of the contracted value for administrative expenses.


  • Wear comfortable clothes that can get wet, remember that most of the time you will be exploring the Colombian Pacific sea by speedboat. Additionally, it is important to keep all important belongings (cell phone, money, papers, cameras) in waterproof bags or suitcases, to prevent them from getting wet during the trip.
  • Sun protection implements are of vital importance.
  • Bring a towel for the beach. Hotels have towels for exclusive use in the rooms.
  • Do not let the water run when it is not being used or consumed.
  • Report immediately when you discover water leaks from a faucet or toilet.
  • On ecological tours remember “garbage does not return alone, it is part of your luggage, always take it with you until you get to the hotel.”
  • Juanchaco and Ladrilleros water is not drinkable, please avoid consuming drinks or food indiscriminately in the different establishments that exist in the community.


  • Keep in mind that you are responsible for your belongings. Protect your electronic devices and personal documents from rain and humidity.
  • Carry your cell phone charged, this will allow you to take photographs and use it in case of emergency.
  • Your safety is very important, please be cautious, always keep the group in sight and follow the instructions of the guide or trip coordinator.
  • Do not attend a walk late at night, while intoxicated, pregnant, or with medical disabilities.
  • Strictly follow your doctor's instructions regarding injuries and, if necessary, carry your personal medications.
  • You must be very punctual with the schedules established for the activities or else you may miss out on them.

Accommodation and feeding.

The food offered in the hotels is local cuisine, with a wide variety of fish and seafood, coconut rice, traditional sancocho, among others. There are also options for people who do not consume seafood and a vegetarian menu, which

must be informed in advance.

Restaurant hours:

Breakfast from 7:00 am to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Dinner from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.



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