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The Chocó

Chocó is one of the least visited departments of Colombia, and yet it is one with perhaps the largest helping of natural wonders. The whole area is covered by humid tropical rainforest, which, from the air, appears as if it has been poured onto the land. Its geography, consisting of impenetrable forests, swollen rivers and nearly six meters of annual rainfall, make this one of the wettest and most bio-diverse places on the planet.

Former African slaves and Embera Indians now populate the department that is recognized for its poverty—earlier in 2007 it was widely reported when a number of children in the Chocó died of starvation—and its lack of infrastructure. Slowly the region is opening thanks to slowly increased tourism and prospectors keen on exploiting the area’s excessive natural and mineral resources.

Security in the Chocó can be an issue, due mainly to the coastline’s role in the country’s illegal drug and arms trade. These issues make it a hotly disputed region between the government and the guerrillas, and common sense is essential for travelers.









By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
18 May 2009

VIVA Colombia

Things to do in The Chocó

Sports Fishing

115029descend onto the murky Pacific waters in Bahía Solano, Cupica and Tribuga for catch-and-release tournaments. The reward isn’t really the money as much as the bragging rights that come with ...
Other Activity
Bahía Solano, Colombia

Watersports

115071ous traveler with an eye on adrenalin-packed watersports. Each hotel that lines the rugged and dramatic coast near to the town of Nuquí can provide you with a kayak with which to hopefully view ...
Kayaking
Nuquí, Colombia

Diving in Bahia Solano

115072Almost 34 meters (110 ft) below the sea, the wreck of the former Colombian Navy vessel, the Sebastián de Belalcázar, is a mystical attraction. The site is out of reach to open-water divers, but ...
Diving
Bahía Solano, Colombia

El Almejal Beach

120184One of Colombia’s most spectacular beaches is El Almejal. The beach stretches two kilometers (1.2 mi) and ends dramatically as the ocean’s fury makes a meal of the surrounding rocks. Here, you ...
Beach
El Valle, Colombia

Parque Nacional Natural Ensenada de Utría

121650Located in the state of Chocó, Parque Nacional Natural Ensenada de Utría covers an area of almost 545 square kilometers (210 sq mi), with topographical features such as the Utría Fjord and the ...
National Park
Nuquí, Colombia
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