Fairs and festivals in Nuquí
Every year the humpbacked whales come to the waters off Nuquí. /Photo: Natalia Gómez Carvajal.
In Nuquí, and in the rest of El Chocó, Holy Week is the major religious feast: and there are other celebrations, reflecting the multi- cultural society there. Dances such as the tamborito, cumbia, abosado, chirimía and bullerengue are everywhere and keep old traditions alive.
And of course, and so many treasures of Nature and the surprises which plants, animals and the seasons bring on the Pacific coast, there are plenty of Colombia’s greenest festivals over the year.
- Festival of the Tamborito: January 5-6, the dance being typical to this region.
- Feast of the Virgen del Carmen: Nuquí, like many other places in Colombia, celebrates this feast of the Virgen on July 8-16. The best examples in the region are those of Jurubirá, Coquí, Joví, Termales and Aruzí.
- Feast of the Trinity: In the week alter Holy Week, in Panguí.
- Festival of the Migration: When the whales and the turtles arrive in the waters off Nuquí, Aruzí holds a festival to remind local people and visitors alike of the importance of looking after Nature. At this time of year several threatened species are to be seen, including the Olive Ridley turtles, the Hawksbill turtle, the humpbacked whales and a number of rare migratory. The celebrations take place in Nuquí, Bahía Solano and Utría Nature Park, in conjunction the environmental organization Mano Cambiada.
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