Pacific Whale-Watching: Bahía Solano and Nuquí
Each year humpback whales (known around here as yubartas
) migrate some 5,000 miles from the Antarctic and southern Chile
to Colombia’s Pacific coast. The whales spend July to November mating and giving birth, and then frolicking with their newborn calves. The dark-sand beaches at Bahía Solano and Nuquí in the Chocó province are two favorite locations from which to whale-watch. Also recommended are the guided excursions that leave from the towns and head to the Utría National Natural Park, a lush, well-managed refuge that’s also great for other wildlife spotting.