Here you find all the information about and how to get to all the single communities being part of the Chocó Community Tourism Alliance: Coquí, Joví, Nuquí, Playa Blanca and Termales.
Coquí, Chocó, Colombia
About Coquí, Colombia
Coquí is a community of about 250 people right on the beach in the Department of Chocó, Colombia, just south of the city of Nuquí. Coquí consists mainly of fishing families, although many families also tend small fincas where they grow plantains, yucca and rice in the mountains behind the town. Fishermen leave before the sun each morning in groups of 2-3, returning with the day’s catch by the early afternoon. As in the other communities in Chocó, the fish they catch is all sold right in town.
The town of Coquí is clustered around a single dirt road that runs parallel to the beach and terminates where the Coquí River empties into the ocean. There are two small restaurants in town and two small posadas, as well as a tienda in the center of town that sells bottled water and cold beer. A gazebo in the middle of town is a popular hangout in the evening, where people play typical music and sip cold Poker beer. The town has municipal power in the evenings until about 10:00 pm but there is no electricity during the day or late at night. There is not Internet access in the community. Cell coverage exists but is spotty in town. The signal is stronger down by the beach.
Most tourists that arrive in Coquí do so to tour the mangrove forest between Coquí and the mountains on the horizon. The mangroves at Coquí are some of the best preserved in all of Colombia. The Jóvenes Ecoguiás de Coquí, or Young Ecoguides of Coquí, offer 1-3 hour tours of the mangroves in hand-carved dugout canoes called chingos. The tours begin at a covered wooden bridge in town, then pass through three diverse mangrove ecosystems before arriving back at town.
Getting to Coquí, Colombia
Travelers heading to Coquí will fly into Nuquí. From Nuquí, Coquí is about 15 minutes by boat. Coquí is about 15 minutes from the neighboring community of Joví by boat. During low tide, you an also walk from Coquí to Joví in about half an hour. During high tide, the walk is impossible as the beach connecting the two communities disappears underwater.
Joví, Chocó, Colombia
About Joví, Colombia
Joví, sometimes spelled Jobi, is a small community in the Department of Chocó, on Colombia’s Pacific coast. The community is built near the beach, hemmed in by the Río Joví and the mountains that crowd the Chocó coastline. Like other communities in the region, Joví is largely Afro-Colombian, although there are a handful of indigenous families that live in the community and many more in communities nearby. There are about 400 people in Joví, making it one of the larger communities in the area. Fishing is primary industry in Joví, although there is also income from small-scale agriculture and tourism.
The region of Guachalito is part of Joví. Guachalito Beach is one of the most popular destinations in Chocó, with a handful of upscale hotels and ecolodges clustered around the beach. El Cantíl Ecolodge, Piedra Piedra, and La Joviseña are among the most popular of these hotels. Most hotels in Guachalito offer organized tours to the community, although travelers can also walk to Joví to visit or organize a day tour up the Río Joví.
A community-based enterprise in Joví called the “Asociación de Guías Pichindé” or Pichindé Guide Association, offers half-day tours into the jungle behind Joví. The tour typically begins a short walk from the center of town, where you reach the shallow water of the Río Joví, or Joví River. From there, you head upriver in a traditional dugout canoe, called a chingo. You paddle upriver about an hour, pass a couple of small fincas and into the rainforest. As the vegetation gets denser, huge trees lean over the river, competing for sunlight and forming beautiful tunnels over the river. After about an hour, you arrive at the junction of another small stream. From here you, can hike 10 minutes to a small waterfall that forms a natural pool in the middle of the jungle. The pool is deep and clear enough to swim in. Active travelers may wish to scramble up past the waterfall and continue hiking another hour to a much larger and more impressive waterfall further in the jungle.
Getting to Jovi, Colombia
Joví is in the Municipality of Nuquí, in the Department of Chocó, on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. To get there, travelers will fly to Nuquí, then take a boat to Joví. The boat ride is about 45 minutes. Joví is about a 20-minute walk from the hotels on Guachalito Beach, or an hour from the neighboring communities of Termales and Coquí. Travelers making the hike should plan to their hike to correspond with low tide, when the beaches are wider and easier to navigate.
About Nuquí, Colombia
Nuquí is a small city in the Department of Chocó, on the Pacific coast of Colombia. It has a year round population of about 7,500 people, the majority of which are Afro-Colombian. Although not a popular destination in and of itself, Nuquí is the gateway to Chocó and most travelers arriving in Chocó must pass through Nuquí on their way.
Unlike many of the smaller communities around Chocó, Nuquí has electricity 24 hours per day with only occasional interruptions. Internet is available in a couple of Internet cafés in town. Inexpensive, public Wi-Fi is also available at daily, weekly, and monthly rates.
Also unlike smaller communities in Chocó, Nuquí has a handful of restaurants with full menus, including fish, chicken, meat and local produce. There are a few hotels in Nuquí, including some budget options in town and a couple more upscale properties on the beach heading out of town.
Getting to Nuquí, Colombia
There is no overland route from the rest of Colombia to the Chocó coast, so travelers visiting Chocó will arrive either by air or by boat.
Getting to Nuquí from Medellín
Two airlines serve Nuquí from Medellín: Setena and Ada. The flights take about an hour each way on a small, 18-seat prop plane. Travelers should plan to purchase their tickets in advance, particularly in the high season.
Ada offers flights between Nuquí and Medellín on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. Flights depart Medellín at 10:00 am and arrive in Nuquí around 11:00 am. Flights depart Nuquí at 12:00 pm and arrive at Medellín at 1:00 pm.
Setena offers flights between Nuquí and Medellín on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Setena flights depart Medellín at 1:00 pm and arrive in Nuquí at 2:00 pm. Flights depart Nuquí at 2:00 pm and arrive in Medellín at 3:00 pm.
Getting to Nuquí from Quibdo
Ada offers three flights a week from Quibdo, the capital of Chocó. Flights depart Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays. The flight takes about an hour each way.
Playa Blanca, Chocó, Colombia
About Playa Blanca, Colombia
Playa Blanca, or White Beach, is the name of a small island within the boundaries of Utría National Natural Park, in the Colombian Department of Chocó. The island has one of the nicest white sand beaches in Chocó. There is a small restaurant on the island that serves up fresh fish and cold beer.
The island is managed by a large local family, which has a concession to run the restaurant on the island even though it is in the national park. The family has had a presence on Playa Blanca for generations, outdating the creation of the national park in in the late 1970s.
Most tourists that arrive at Playa Blanca do so as part of a larger tour of Utría National Natural Park or as part of a whale watching tour around the bay. The island is a great place to spend a few hours. The coral that surrounds the white sand beach is ideal for snorkeling and the beach itself is a great place to lie out in the sun. The island is home to several species of rare birds, as well. From Playa Blanca, you can arrange a hike in Utría National Natural Park. The Cocolito Trail is especially popular. This trail follows a small mountain stream across a narrow peninsula that separates the Ensenada de Utría from the open ocean. The trail takes about an hour and is moderately difficult as the only way through the dense rainforest is to follow the stream.
Getting to Playa Blanca, Colombia
Playa Blanca is an island, so the only way to arrive is by boat. Playa Blanca is about an hour from the city of Nuquí by boat. For travelers coming from Utría National Natural Park, Playa Blanca is about a 10 minute boat ride.
Termales, Chocó, Colombia
About Termales, Colombia
Termales is a small fishing village in the Department of Chocó, on the Pacific coast of Colombia. The community consists of approximately 200 people who live along a single sand road that runs parallel to the beach. The small town is one of the most picturesque in the region. The sand road that runs through town is lined with small gardens and flowering plants. In many places, there are elevated gardens, which consist of old canoes filled with nutrient-rich soil, on stilts to protect them from wandering chickens and other scavengers. In other places, flowering plants form complete arches over the road, providing a welcome shade.
Termales, which is Spanish for thermals, gets its name from a large hot spring just outside of town. The hot spring is about a 5-minute walk from the beach, along a narrow path that leads past the community’s primary school and toward the mountains. The hot springs are managed by a community-based enterprise, which maintains the area, cleans the springs, and runs a small spa and restaurant on the site. Tourists can relax in the hot spring, enjoy a mud facial, and order a cold drink in the small complex around the hot spring.
The local economy of Termales relies heavily on artisanal fishing, small-scale agriculture and tourism. During the day, there is no power in the community. They run a municipal generator during the evening from about 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, although even with the generator, electricity can be inconsistent. There is no internet access in the community. Cell phone coverage is hard to find.
Getting to Termales, Colombia
Termales is a small community in the Municipality of Nuquí. To get there, travelers will fly to Nuquí, then take a boat to Termales. Termales is about an hour boat ride from Nuquí. It is a 15-minute boat ride from the neighboring community of Joví and the hotels at Guachalito.
Termales is about an hour’s walk along the beach from Guachalito. Travelers making the hike should plan to their hike to correspond with low tide, when the beaches are wider and easier to navigate.