The Pacific region of Colombia is a forgotten land of dense rainforests that commence at the foothills of the Andes mountains and culminates in the vast and isolated beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Due to complex geopolitical factors and a lack of accessibility, the Pacific has been deprived of the development Colombia has experienced in the last few decades. Aside from the negative socioeconomic consequences, this has allowed the region to maintain its remarkable cultural and natural richness – completely unspoiled.
Spanish explorers discovered the Pacific coast in 1501, but it was African slaves who predominantly populated the region. Today, the African heritage is undeniably present in the music, traditions, dances and cuisine, which can be experienced in the many coastal villages of 400 to 500 inhabitants – some of which have never seen a car.
The Pacific Coast is recognised as one of the wettest places on earth, but its biodiversity makes it a well worth it destination. Every year, between June and October, over 1,200 humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to Colombia’s warm and calm waters – ideal for mating and giving birth. Whale-watching in the Pacific is an intimate experience, where one travels in a small boat with a hand-full of passengers, to find humpback whales jumping, playing with their calves, and slapping their tails and fins – not another boat in sight.
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