Bahía Solano: a paradise for turtles
Photo by: Luis Pérez
El Valle is a peaceful village connected to Bahía Solano by an 18 km road. Life there moves to the rhythms of the tide. When it flows, it extends over a strip of sand close to which the hotels stand and nourishes the rivers descending from the Baudó Range. One of these rivers is the Valle River, which has four species of mangrove bordering its margins.
It is possible to travel upstream, first by canoe and then by foot, to the Cascadas River, where visitors will find crystal pools and small waterfalls; and to the Chadó River, which is famous for the huge pool it forms before reaching the sea.
High tide is ideal for a nature walk. The iraca palm tree, used to weave hats; the borojó aphrodisiac fruit, used for preparing beverages; and thelabios de negra flower, which resembles a red mouth, are among the rarities offered by the jungle vegetation. They are best admired from the canopy.
Evening is the ideal time to admire the artificial turtle-arium, the place where this marine species is protected until its release during the egg-laying season, which extends from September to December.
Between August and October, boat rides to observe yubarta whales, sharks, and dolphins on their way north are very popular.
Photo by: Tio Tigre
Just a half-hour boat ride from Bahía Solano or a two-hour walk across beaches and alluvial valleys take visitors to Punta Huina, a reddish beach bathed by clear water, where the sea is ideal for fishing and snorkeling.
The Playa de los Deseos is another beach located at Punta Huina. This is a solitary land of dark sand and majestic cliffs. Also worth visiting are the Cotudo and Becerro beaches for breath-hold diving. And for scuba diving, the ruins of ARC Sebastián de Belalcázar, a sunken ship that survived Pearl Harbor and later became a Colombian Naval ship.
Further south and bordering the Pacific, lies the cove of Utría, where a natural park harbors close to 300 bird species and the greatest variety of bats in the country. It is also the habitat of numerous frog species in many colors and trees like the abarco (Cariniana), the abrojo(Alternanthera), the caimito (Crysophyllum), the pojoró, the caoba (Swietenia) and the milpesos palm tree (Attalea).
This park, considered one of the most beautiful places in Colombia, was a migratory corridor for animal and vegetable species coming from Central America. It is located just 35 minutes from El Valle and is an ideal spot for observing humpback whales mating.
Children in Bahía Solano
Photo by: http://www.bahiasolano-choco.gov.co
Recommendations to tourists
Airlines allow a maximum of 10 kg of baggage per person. We recommend:
- Light, cool clothing
- Tennis shoes for walking
- A mask
- A snorkel
- A flashlight
- A good book and family games
There are no ATMs in Bahía Solano. Visitors must take cash, preferably in low denomination bills.