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Overview

Highlights:

  • Appreciate with us the arrival of the Humpback whale; one of the most amazing spectacles of nature.
  • Paddle in kayaks by Malaga Bay with its estuaries, natural caves and waterfalls that cascade from towering cliffs directly into the sea

Trip statistics:

  • Duration of the trip: 4 days and 3 nights.
  • Tours description: kayak tours of 2-4 hours and daily walks of 2 to 3 hours on the beach, cliffs and jungle
  • Distance: 5 to 10 km daily approximately
  • Ecosystem: tropical rainforest
  • Climate: warm and humid with an average temperature of 27ºC
  • Elevation: sea
  • Location: Uramba Malaga Bay National Park is located in the middle portion of the Colombian Pacific coast in the town of Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca Department.

We paddle in kayaks in search of the Humpback whale, in the middle of tropical rain forest, beaches, caves, surrounded by mangrove swamps and waterfalls that fall from the cliffs directly into the sea.

Malaga Bay is considered part of the “Hot Spots” of nature conservation on a global scale. The bay is recognized worldwide as one of the target sites of seasonal migration of the Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), which migrate to its warm and calm waters to raise their calves and to mate.

Malaga Bay is one of the most biodiversity regions of the planet and contains the largest number of species of plants per square kilometer of the world and occupies the number one position in terms of diversity of species of birds and reptiles. We will be able to see sloths, alligators, dolphins, blue-legged capsules, frigate birds, pelicans, kingfishers, woodpeckers and of course the wonderful Humpback whales that visit us at this time of year.

This protected area is the result of a coordinated effort between National Parks of Colombia, as environmental authority, and the five community councils: La Plata, Ladrilleros, Juanchaco, La Barra and Puerto Espana.

The bay is known for the gentle swells, which makes it ideal for any person with zero experience of kayaking or children 10 years and older. For people who do not like to ride a kayak, we have other activities such as spending time in a native canoe, whale watching by boat and trekking. But paddling a kayak and suddenly seeing a humpback 20 meters from you, crashing its tail against the water is definitely a major highlight.

Ubication

 

Dates

Dates:

  • 15 – 19 July 2017
  • 20 – 23 July 2017
  • 5 – 7 August 2017
  • 19 – 21 August 2017
  • 1 – 3 September 2017
  • 8 – 10 Septiembre 2017
  • 15 – 17 September 2017
  • 22 – 24 September 2016
  • 29 September – 1 October 2016
  • 7 – 10 October de 2016
  • 14 – 16 October 2016

9 al 11 a 800, 16 al 18 a 750 y 23 a 25 de 750

Prices
  • 15 – 19 July 2017 COP$1.300.000
  • 20 – 23 July 2017 COP$950.000
  • 5 – 7 August 2017 COP$750.000.oo
  • 19 – 21 August 2017 COP$750.000.oo
  • 1 – 3 September 2017 COP$750.000.oo
  • 8 – 10 Septiembre 2017 COP$750.000.oo
  • 15 – 17 September 2017 COP$750.000.oo
  • 22 – 24 September 2016 COP$750.000.oo
  • 29 September – 1 October 2016 COP$750.000.oo
  • 7 – 10 October de 2016 COP$950.000.00
  • 14 – 16 October 2016 COP$750.000.oo
How to book

This trip can be booked from July to October each year. For bookings, please email us at info@ecoglobalexpeditions.com

What's included
  • Land transport Cali – Buenaventura and return
  • Sea transport Buenaventura – Juanchaco and return
  • Accommodationin huts two or three nights depending on the exact itinerary  using multiple accommodation venues
  • All meals (last day not including dinner)
  • Fully equipped kayak
  • Theoretical and practical course
  • DVD with photos and videos of the trip
  • At least one guaranteed (1) whale sighting by motor boat
  • Orientation and guidance specialized
  • Local guides (Ecoglobal Expeditions supports green initiatives and eco-tourism in the regions we visit)
  • Assistance card (travel insurance)
What's not included
  • Air or land transport from your hometown to Cali. Ecoglobal Expeditions can transact/arrange your air tickets from any city in the country to Cali.
  • Meals in Cali
  • Hydration
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Expenses not stipulated
  • Activities not included in the itinerary
Itinerary
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

After breakfast we will spend time in a whale watching boat.

1:00 p.m. return by motor boat to Buenaventura and finally Cali where we will be arriving at 7:00 pm approximately.

 

Travel tips
  • If your hometown is different to Cali, you have to arrive the previous day to the trip because we leave Buenaventura at 5:00 a.m. and we recommend that you schedule your return to your hometown at the last time of the last day or the next day to avoid problems if occur in the transfer from Malaga Bay to Cali.
  • Be vaccinated against yellow fever and tetanus.
  • Don’t bring items that are typically used by the military (i.e. camouflage clothing)
  • Don’t bring or take toxic, psychoactive or hallucinogenic and alcoholic substances.
  • Bring the least amount of wrappers, cans or glass.
  • Don’t bring jewelry or valuables – Rolex watches and Cartier earrings – please leave them at home!
  • During the trek, don’t separate from the group and don’t remain alone at any time.

Each participant should bring:

  • At least 1 change of lycra clothes (pants and long sleeve shirt)
  • Cotton clothes for warm weather, light colors, shirts with long sleeves (don’t bring excess clothing or jeans)
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel (quick drying towel is better)
  • Adventure shoes to get wet in and with good grip and additional tennis shoes or sandals.
  • Cap or hat
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Torch and extra batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • A small backpack for use while trekking
  • Personal hygiene items in small quantities
  • First aid kit (personal medicines)
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash for tips, souvenirs and personal expenses
  • Personal documents (identity papers, ID cards, health cards)
  • Mask or diving goggles
  • Camera