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Isla Gorgona - Activity Info. Buenaventura - Colombia

Gorgona used to be a prison island before being converted into a national park. It sits some 30 kilometers (19 mi) off the coast, and is home to a great variety of venomous snakes and migrating birds. Its waters are also a favored destination for migrating humpback whales. Diving is very popular here, with opportunities to see marine turtles, sharks and many species of fish.

You can arrange to get to Isla Gorgona from the Muelle Turístico in Buenaventura. There are two options: either take the express boat service, which takes about four hours, or take a cargo boat, which is less expensive but takes three times as long. Cargo boats leave each evening at 6 p.m., arriving at Isla Gorgona at 6 a.m. Alternatively, you can take a boat to the island from Guapi. Boats leave from Guapi’s pier every day and the trip takes an hour and a half.

There is a park fee of $10, payable prior to arrival. The national Colombian travel agency Aviatur is the official concessionaire that organizes trips to Gorgona. The Aviatur company sells packages, which include meals and transport. All information (services, prices) for trips to Gorgona Island is posted on its website: www.aviatur.com.

Both lodging and food is available on the island. Accommodations include private rooms with private bathrooms as well as 10 houses with four rooms each. There is a pool, Jacuzzi, and basketball and volleyball courts on-site. The restaurant serves typical regional fare, including several different types of fish.

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