Bocas del Atrato diverse territory

Doorway to the Darien Gap and Choco Regions, two of the most biodiverse places on Earth

Vast areas of mangrove forests, unique in world due to the extraordinary quantity of fresh water

Rich in enigmatic animal and birdlife, including species found nowhere else on Earth

  • Tour package 1
  • Tour package 2

ExperienceCommunity Life

  • 3 days– 2 nights

A complete cultural emersion experience that will allow you to disconnect from daily life and experience the world at a different pace in one of the most beautiful and complex ecosystems on earth. 

Enjoy, learn and discover in the heart of the mangrove forest.

Disconnect from daily routine and enjoy a complete cultural emersion experience in the heart of the mangrove forest. Staying as our guest within the community this program is designed to take you beyond the bounds of ordinary tourism.  It will allow you to experience sharing our simple but joyful way of life and gain a deeper understanding about living in harmony with the natural world that surrounds us.        

We are proud of our culture and want to share it with our guests.   Your stay with us will allow us to share our story.  It will also give you the chance to learn new skills, like artisanal fishing techniques passed on through generations of fishermen, cook local dishes (with your own catch if you wish!), learn to create handicrafts from seeds and pods, we will even pass on our secrets of how we manage to get our pots so incredibly shiny and our white clothes so immaculately clean! 

Our trained local community guides will show you how our mangrove forests are vital ecosystems, not only for the exceptional biodiversity they support, but also for the host of services and goods, critical to the well-being of our community that they provide.  Sharing their knowledge and passion to ensure you have a memorable experience during your time as our guest.

You will take the public speedboat from Turbo, to arrive to Bocas around noon.   Upon arrival your guide will be waiting for you and take you to your accommodation*, which will be your home for the next two nights. Some time to relax and freshen up before meeting up at the dining area where you will enjoy your first taste of some of our delicious local cuisine.

After lunch we take our first excursion to a small lagoon with crystal clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation that makes it a wonderful place to swim and snorkel to see the intricate root systems of the mangroves and the perfect introduction to visiting Bocas del Atrato.

One of the highlights of this area is the chance to see the Bobito (Bucco noanamae), found nowhere else on earth, and the critically endangered Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird (Lepidopyga lilliae). Upon reaching the lagoon you have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. The crystal clear waters here give the opportunity to see the incredible and intricate root systems of the mangroves underwater.

A beautiful saltwater bay surrounded by mangroves with many coastal seabirds. At some times of the year you may be lucky enough to see dolphins in this place.

This trip lasts about an hour one way one hour back, through the beautiful landscape of the mangroves. The bay itself has a large population of oysters and a great diversity of seabirds, in this visit you can learn about the traditions of the fishermen of the local community about some of the artisanal fishing techniques used in the Gulf of Urabá for generations . You can choose to catch and release if you wish (or skip the activity entirely and just enjoy swimming and snorkeling in this beautiful setting).

Some time to swim, snorkel, and soak up the scenery in this beautiful coastal habitat.

On this last morning, after the visitor has already known the wonderful organic and relaxed way of life within the community, they can take advantage of this unstructured space and carry out some of the additional activities.

Wildlife Highlights ofBocas del Atrato

  • 3 days – 2 nights

Experience the stunning array of biological riches found within the vast swathes of mangrove forests of Bocas del Atrato, one of the most beautiful and complex ecosystems on earth.

Enjoy, learn and discover in the heart of the mangrove forest.

The vast complex of mangroves, rivers, creeks and bays that comprises Bocas del Atrato are located between the Darien Gap and the Choco region, two of the most biodiverse places on earth.  This makes for a stunning array of plant, bird, mammal and fish life in one of the most beautiful and complex ecosystems on earth.  

During your time with us you will have the chance to paddle through a network of narrow creeks and see the five different kinds of mangrove found here.  You will have chance to observe some of the rare and beautiful birdlife of our mangroves including the Sooty-capped Puffbird (Bucco noanamae), found nowhere else on earth and the critically endangered Saphire-bellied Hummingbird (Lepidopyga lilliae). 

Together with your local community guide you will spend time searching the canopy of the forests to try and spot Red Howler Monkeys (Alouatta seniculus), Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus), Three-toed Sloths (Bradypus) and giant Iguanas, and if luck is on your side, you may even see the endangered Manati (Trichechus manatus)

We also want your time with us to include some time getting to know us as a community.  We are the proud guardians of the mangrove, and we want your time with us to include the chance to get to know us too, to share our way of life and some of the challenges we face in conserving this amazing ecosystem for future generations.     

You will take the public speedboat from Turbo, to arrive to Bocas around noon.   Upon arrival your guide will be waiting for you and take you to your accommodation*, which will be your home for the next two nights. Some time to relax and freshen up before meeting up at the dining area where you will enjoy your first taste of some of our delicious local cuisine.

After lunch we take our first excursion to a small lagoon with crystal clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation that makes it a wonderful place to swim and snorkel to see the intricate root systems of the mangroves and the perfect introduction to visiting Bocas del Atrato.

One of the highlights of this area is the chance to see the Bobito (Bucco noanamae), found nowhere else on earth, and the critically endangered Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird (Lepidopyga lilliae). Upon reaching the lagoon you have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. The crystal clear waters here give the opportunity to see the incredible and intricate root systems of the mangroves underwater.

System of 3 swamps surrounded by native species: arracachal, pangalal and hyacinth.

You can see large reptiles such as alligators, as well as birds, also mammals such as otters and with luck and much stealth manatees and jaguars.

Islets as a center of rest for fishermen. The islet of the tip of Matuntugo: An area that was formed by sediments and today can present up to two hectares of mainland floodable by sectors at high tide. There many seabirds and some reptiles frequent as a resting area.

The beach area between Punta de Pavas and the Matuntugo military base can have between 3 and 4 kilometers of beach that is constantly washed by the highest tide. In it it is common to observe different footprints of some nocturnal mammals such as the guagua.

A beautiful saltwater bay surrounded by mangroves with many coastal seabirds. At some times of the year you may be lucky enough to see dolphins in this place.

This trip lasts about an hour one way one hour back, through the beautiful landscape of the mangroves. The bay itself has a large population of oysters and a great diversity of seabirds, in this visit you can learn about the traditions of the fishermen of the local community about some of the artisanal fishing techniques used in the Gulf of Urabá for generations . You can choose to catch and release if you wish (or skip the activity entirely and just enjoy swimming and snorkeling in this beautiful setting).

Some time to swim, snorkel, and soak up the scenery in this beautiful coastal habitat.

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Bocas del Atrato

Activities to do in Bocas

The best of community tourism in the Colombian mangrove swamp

100% Community owned and run; live alongside our community, sharing our way of life

Taste and learn to prepare local cuisine, with fresh ingredients and our famous local flavours

Learn artisanal fishing techniques passed down through generations of fishermen

Tourist opinions

Bocas del Atrato offers a warm welcome to our Afro-descendant community nestled on the banks of the Atrato River in the North of Colombia, in the heart of one of the most important and complex ecosystems on Earth.  With spectacular scenery, vast swathes of mangrove forest, crystalline lagoons and huge diversity of wildlife, staying with us offers you the chance not only to immerse yourself in the exceptional nature surrounding us, but also to learn about our culture and our way of life. Take the chance to step out of your daily life and experience how we live in peace with one another and in harmony with the mangrove forests we are proud to be guardians of.

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