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*<sleep name="Hotel Don Blas" alt="" address="" directions="On the right of the main street as you leave the docks" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Hotel Don Blas" alt="" address="" directions="On the right of the main street as you leave the docks" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Los Delphines" alt="" address="" directions="Walk up the main street from the docks, take the first right and carry on walking about 100m" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rooms with bath from 15,000 COP." lat="" long="">Owner Hannibal will most likely be at the dock waiting for new arrivants. A cheap, clean and friendly place that also serves good food.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Los Delphines" alt="" address="" directions="Walk up the main street from the docks, take the first right and carry on walking about 100m" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rooms with bath from 15,000 COP." lat="" long="">Owner Hannibal will most likely be at the dock waiting for new arrivants. A cheap, clean and friendly place that also serves good food.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hostal Capurganá" alt="" address="" directions="On the left on main street leading from the docks" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Just in front of the immigration office. You can pay accomodation with credit cards. In Capurgana there are no banks or ATM machines</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hostal Capurganá" alt="" address="" directions="On the left on main street leading from the docks" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Just in front of the immigration office. You can pay accomodation with credit cards. In Capurgana there are no banks or ATM machines. The only travel agency "Capurgana tours" has the office in the Hostal Capurgana.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Hospedaje/Camping Nelly" alt="" address="" directions="off dock 50 meters to the right, just before crossing small bridge to beach" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Nice place owned by Nelly, a local resident for years. Camping available for 7,000 COP, rooms starting at 15,000 COP. Located literally steps from the beach. Kitchen available, but limited use of burners.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Hospedaje/Camping Nelly" alt="" address="" directions="off dock 50 meters to the right, just before crossing small bridge to beach" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Nice place owned by Nelly, a local resident for years. Camping available for 7,000 COP, rooms starting at 15,000 COP. Located literally steps from the beach. Kitchen available, but limited use of burners.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Tacarcuna Lodge" alt="" address="" directions="downtown, just next to the soccer field, 2 blocks away from the beach" phone="(574) 361 78 09" url="http://www.hotelesdecostaacosta.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="150.000 COP per night" lat="" long=""></sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Tacarcuna Lodge" alt="" address="" directions="downtown, just next to the soccer field, 2 blocks away from the beach" phone="(574) 361 78 09" url="http://www.hotelesdecostaacosta.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="150.000 COP per night" lat="" long=""></sleep>

Revision as of 00:03, 19 November 2012

Capurganá[1] is a city in the Choco region of Colombia.

Surrounded on three sides by dense jungle, Capurganá is the last town of any reasonable size on the Colombian Caribbean coast before the border with Panama. A sleepy little place with a laid-back atmosphere, it is popular with Colombians, but is only just starting to put in an appearance on the Gringo trail; mainly because it is the last place on the coast with a DAS office where you can get stamped out of Colombia.

If you are passing through, Capurganá is a great place to spend a few days relaxing and savouring one of the few places left with no cars (there are no roads to Capurganá, so the only form of land-based transport there are horses or bicycles). It has a couple of small beaches (although with strong currents, so take care when swimming), and is a great place for snorkelling.

There are numerous hotels and restaurants scattered throughout the place, so there are plenty of options for the budget traveller (who are likely to arrive on the perhaps bone-shaking launches from Puerto Obaldia or Turbo), as well as more up-market choices for those who can afford to fly in.

This town is more civilized than it sounds like from some Internet sources: There is cell phone connectivity. By the very best of my knowledge and according to Lonely Planet, you can get cash using your VISA card from a tourist agency on the main street. At the same place you can do COP-USD currency exchange.

Compared with the mainland (Turbo/Medellin/etc) everything is overpriced here, as everything needs to be taken in by boat. List price is Carrots 3,000COP/kg, 1L water bottle 1,500COP.

Contents

Get in

Plane

Capurganá has an airstrip and tiny airport, from which a couple of companies provide regular and charter flights from Medellín:

  • ADA: has flights from Medellín at around 290,000 COP. They can be contacted in Medellin +574 444 4232 or Capurganá 682 8817/682 8804
  • Searca : provide passenger and cargo flights: +574 444 4232

Boat

Most people are likely to come in on one of the launches from Turbo in Colombia, or Puerto Obaldia in Panama.


There are no roads leading to Capurganá, hence the feeling of being in an island.

Get around

See

Do

  • Dive and Green. A place providing diving services. For more information see the website [2]. 2 dives : 180,000 COP.
  • La Miel (Hire boat for 20,000 COP per person round-trip). Located on the border of Colombia and Panama, La Miel is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Though technically in Panama, there is no need to bring your passport, and the bars accept COP and USD.


Buy

Eat

A plate at a basic cantine seems to be 10,000COP or so. There may be someone selling some fried potato meat thing for 1,000 COP in the evening.

  • alberto (delso), posada del gecko (capurgana), 3142217154. Gecko Cafe Bar 13000.


Drink

  • Posada del Gecko, (calle de la policia), 3142217154. Restaurante Bar Posada Del Gecko .....pizza e comida italian y cocktails hospedaje 15000


Sleep

  • Hotel el Uvito, (At the start of the main street, right next to the docks). From 25,000 COP (30,000 with breakfast).
  • Hotel Don Blas, (On the right of the main street as you leave the docks).
  • Los Delphines, (Walk up the main street from the docks, take the first right and carry on walking about 100m). Owner Hannibal will most likely be at the dock waiting for new arrivants. A cheap, clean and friendly place that also serves good food. Rooms with bath from 15,000 COP..
  • Hostal Capurganá, (On the left on main street leading from the docks). Just in front of the immigration office. You can pay accomodation with credit cards. In Capurgana there are no banks or ATM machines. The only travel agency "Capurgana tours" has the office in the Hostal Capurgana.
  • Hospedaje/Camping Nelly, (off dock 50 meters to the right, just before crossing small bridge to beach). Nice place owned by Nelly, a local resident for years. Camping available for 7,000 COP, rooms starting at 15,000 COP. Located literally steps from the beach. Kitchen available, but limited use of burners.
  • Tacarcuna Lodge, (downtown, just next to the soccer field, 2 blocks away from the beach), (574) 361 78 09, [3]. 150.000 COP per night.
  • Cabaña Darius, (About 10 minutes away from town, Hawaiian owner Joey will pick you up from the dock with his horse and cart), 3146468974, [4]. Beautiful retreat just outside of town, with dorms and private rooms. Clean, comfortable beds in new wooden cabins. Dorms from 15000, Private from 30000. Swimming pool and kitchen.
  • Las Ceibas (Las Ceibas), Bahia Aguacate, [5]. Near the Darien Gap, Las Ceibas offers amazing ocean views with craggy rock outcroppings against a backdrop of dazzling blue waters and bluer skies.

Contact

Several places provide internet services.

  • Capurganá Tours on the main street [6] provide internet for 3,000 COP per hour.
  • A public internet service for 3,000 COP is also provided at an office in the high school, although the connection is painfully slow.

Get out

  • Angel National Park

Boat

There are launches to Turbo leaving everymorning (55,000 COP). There is an office selling tickets on the sea front where you can reserve your ticket the day before. Launches to Puerto Obaldia depart at 7am and 1pm daily (25,000 COP) presuming there's at least three passengers (*most* days also in low seazon this is the case for the one at 7am) and private boats can be hired (100,000 COP). If the office is closed, ask around to find Marcelino, almost everyone will be able to point you to the right person. Days when the plane is coming to Puerto Obaldia, the boat leaves early enough so that you can make the connection with the plane on the same day, you don t need to travel a day before and spend a night there as it s not very tourist orientated.

There are boats to Sapzurro every day (7,000 COP).

It is also possible to arrange launches to La Miel, further along the Colombian coast.

Walk

It is possible to walk over the moutain to the town of Sapzurro on the border with Panamá, with an almost perfect circular bay. While nice, at least around August this walk is really sweaty, so take off unnecessary tshirts already at beginning of walk. The walk is approx 1.5hrs, and the walk back feels slightly easier than the walk to there.

From there you can continue your hike over the border to the La Miel, Panama. A small coastal town with white sandy beaches.



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