The Colombian Pacific region, made up of four departments (ChocĂł, Valle del Cauca, Cauca and NariĂ±o), remains a largely unvisited and unknown part of Colombia. That shouldnâ€™t dissuade you from visiting, however. This part of Colombia offers travelers a variety of things to do, from adventure and ecotourism to cultural experiences and attractions.
The region itself is dominated by two rivers, the Atrato in the north and the San Juan in the south. It is cordoned off from the rest of the country by the spine of the Andes to the east. In the extreme north, the border with Panama is defined by the famous Darien Gap.
Security remains an issue throughout parts of the region, especially the mass of land extending from the ports of Tumaco and Buenaventura near the border with Ecuador to BahĂa Solano and the border with Panama in the north. The inhabitants of this regionâ€”mostly descendants of African slaves and Embera Indiansâ€”increasingly find themselves in the crossfire between the government troops and leftist FARC guerrillas. For this reason, it is advisable to use common sense and to plan ahead.