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Capurgana & Sapzurro

On the western tip of Colombia's Carribean coastline, accessible by a flight from Medellin (with Searca or Ada Airlines), lies Capurgana in Choco department. An alternative route (not particularly safe) is 8 hours travel overland from Medellin to the ugly town of Turbo, where one can catch a 2 hour boat ride (50,000 pesos - early morning departure) to Capurgana. 

Capurgana is pretty off the beaten track - it's the type of place you visit on your second trip to Colombia (because almost everyone comes back for a second visit to Colombia). Alternatively, you might be travelling on to Panama - Capurgana is right next to the border with Panama, so it's possible to cross over to Puerto Olbadia from where you can catch a flight to Panama City.

Around Capurgana, you'll find some of Colombia's most beautiful, and undeveloped, beaches. Neighbouring Sapzurro is a real highlight - Sapzurro is a village found in a lovely bay, and is an even more tranquil and peaceful destination than Capurgana, which is more developed. Sapzurro is just a five minutes by boat round the coast from Capurgana.  Both Capurgana and Sapzurro are great places to unwind and not do much, on a beach.

The area has good scuba diving plus there are various tours and excursions that can be arranged by your hotel in Capurgana. Most hotels can arrange a boat tour to Sapzurro, the beautiful small coastal village next to the border with Panama. The area of Sapzurro has fine beaches and some pretty walks, along with some excellent seafood restaurants.

Also of interest near Capurgana are the waterfalls of Cascada El Cielo. To visit it's either a lovely forest walk or horseback ride crossing Rio Capurgana on numerous occasions. Alternatively there are blowholes at El Aguacate, 20 minutes boat trip from Capurgana. Such a tour will continue onwards to Isla de los Pajaros, with it's abundant birdlife. There's also some lovely beaches in this area - la Miel (just over the border in Panama) and Playa Soledad being the most beautiful.

Capurgana is also a staging point for a visit to the San Blas Islands of Panama, which are two hours away by boat. These idyllic islands are an autonmous region of Panama governed by the Kuna Indians - a highly recommended travel highlight. Hotels in Capurgana can arrange a days tour for you.

There are no banks in Capurgana, so take plenty of cash with you.

From Capurgana it is relatively easy to travel by boat to Panama. See the section on Colombia to Panama routes for more information.

Hotels in Capurgana & Sapzurro

Capurgana is a small coastal town whose roads are so small there are no vehicles. There are good restaurants and local handicrafts for sale in the town. There are various hotels in Capurgana - consider:

Tacarcuna Lodge - a total of 35 cabanas with air conditioning, this is one of the more upmarket hotel options in Capurgana.

Hotel Almar - another upmarket, quite expensive option - probably the most upscale hotel in Capurgana.

Paraiso Sapzurro
(aka Camping Chilen)- (spanish language only website) - a hostel in Sapzurro that's been around for many years. Camping or sleeping in hammocks is also possible. The website has plenty of further info about Sapzurro (in Spanish).

Other places include the mid range Marlin Hostal, as well as the cheaper options Cabana Darius and Hostal Capurgana.

Hotels and acommodation options in Sapzurro include Eco- Alojamiento Paraíso Cangrejales, Eco- Hotel Punta Arrecife, and the beautifully located Zingara Cabanas, in addition to a few others.

If you have time on your hands you might also consider staying in the nearby peaceful town of Trigana, which has more beaches and rainforest - consider staying at Villa Daniela Lodge de Trigana (Spanish language website).

If you need to stay the night in Turbo en route to Capurgana, consider staying at Simona del Mar (spanish language website) - simply for the reason that it is just outside of the unpleasant and not particularly safe town (ie.. you avoid staying in the town, which isn't so safe at night).

From Capurgana to Panama

It is possible to travel via a combination of boat and plane from Capurgana into central Panama. See the separate page on travelling from Colombia to Panama for more information about this route.

You might also want to check out the Darien Gapster who offer 3 day boat tours from Colombia's Capurgana to Panama via the San Blas Islands.

Capurgana, Colombia:
Capurgana, Colombia
Colombia's Carribean coastline is full of fine beaches such as those at Capurgana.

Capurgana beaches, Colombia
Beaches at Capurgana

Capurgana, Colombia
Colombia's beaches at Capurgana.

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