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Aguacate bay is in Chocó, Colombia, a 15 minute boat ride from Capurganá in Colombia

Get in[edit]

You can walk from Capurgana to the Aguacate bay, it takes about one hour.

By plane[edit]

You can fly from Medellin to Capurgana with ADA [2].

From Capurgana you can take a launch to the Aguacate bay for 7,000 COP, most boats leave at 12 noon although you can get boats as late as 5pm (but dont rely on it).

By boat[edit]

From Turbo you can take a launch from the Waffe (Wharf) that leaves at around 7:30 am to Capurgana which costs 55,000 COP. The trip takes 2.5 hours approx. The sea can be a bit rough between December and February so its more enjoyable to get seats at the back of the boat. Also have sun protection with you. Its also a good idea to take something to drink and a snack. To avoid getting your belongings wet you should put them inside a bin liner, which they conveniently sell at the dock for an outrageous price 1000 COP. They charge an excess baggage fee of 600 pesos per kg exceeding 10kg.

From Capurgana you can take a launch to the Aguacate bay for 7,000 COP, most boats leave at 12 noon although you can get boats as late as 5pm (but dont rely on it).

Get around[edit]

There are no roads in the Aguacate bay, so your options to get around are to walk or go by boat, but thats not really a problem as you can get from one end of the village to the other in 10 minutes.

See[edit][add listing]

There are many coral reefs in the Aguacate bay ranging from 2m deep to 20m, you can snorkel or go freediving, mask and snorkels can be rented, ask at the Vela Ventura Hostal.

Do[edit][add listing]

Where the jungle meets the sea. Hiking, swimming, snorkling, exotic birds, and monkeys.

The Vela Ventura Hostal has kayaks and sailing dinghies for hire, you can also go on a cruise in their yacht.

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You should take into account that there are no ATMs in Aguacate or the surrounding region although cash advances from credit card are available from a tourism agency in Capurganá, and no businesses in Aguacate currently receive credit cards, so you should bring enough cash preferably in COP or USD with you. The exchange rate (Feb 2012) to sell USD is 1700 COP.

There is a tiny shop in the Aguacate bay with limited stock so if you need to buy provisions take that into account and buy in Capurgana.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There is a restaurant that serves fried red snapper, rice made with coconut milk and fried plantain.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There's are several hostels:

  • Vela Ventura Hostal, Aguacate bay, Colombia, +57 312-2599967, [1]. checkin: 1:00pm; checkout: 10:00am. Looking for an adventure this is the place. 100000 COP(50 USD approx). (8 36 53 N,77 19 40 W) edit

Stay safe[edit]

The sea is not clear and there are many sharp rocks so be careful swimming here.

Mosquitoes are numerous in this region and there is a risk of malaria. DEET-based repellent as well as long sleeves and pants are advised.

The tap water is not treated, so you should either drink bottled water or filtered water.

At some times of day there are mosquitoes so bring insect repellent and for jungle treks long sleeved shirts and long trousers to protect yourself.

Bring a torch with you as the electricity in the Aguacate bay and the surrounding region is not available 24 hours a day.


There is no postal service in the region, however you can send articles by air freight to and from Capurgana-Medellín.

Phone/WiFi: Take into account that Comcel is the only mobile phone operator with coverage in the Aguacate. Currently there is 3G service in Aguacate. You can get 1.5MB/second throughput when using this i.e. excellent.

Get out[edit]

By boat[edit]

To travel by boat to Turbo you need to take one of the boats leaving Aguacate at 6:30am which gets you to Capurgana in time to catch the boat to Turbo that leaves around 7:30 am. (this schedule ought to apply in the high seazon only)

By air[edit]

You can fly with ADA [3] from Capurgana to Medellín (Olaya Herrera airport), reserve with plenty of time. The day you will be leaving get a boat from Aguacate to Capurgana (check the day before for availability), you should be at the airport by 11 am.

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