Playa Juan de Dios, Colombia: Accessible Paradise
Imagine complete freedom from the electronics that hold you captive.
Cell phones, television, or computers may as well not exist. You close your eyes, lean into the wind, and listen to the rustle of palm fronds and the Pacific Ocean. Life is good here; you wouldn’t allow anyone or anything to spoil it.
Spend a few days here and renew your spirit. You just may be inspired by the tranquility and natural splendor of the region. However, you will not be alone. The “guardians” who call Playa Juan de Dios home, work feverishly to protect the adventure and peace of your surroundings. Stargaze long enough and the energy that permeates the air may move you to transfix.
The mission is not for everyone; the experience is.
Morning: bathe beneath sweet water pouring out of sheer rock walls capped by tropical green plant life. These contrasts merge with secluded, soft white beaches. An accessible Eldorado.
Afternoon: Kayak through a mangrove ecosystem and enjoy the cool shade of its foliage. The sight of homes on stilts above the water way guide your kayak through the brackish water of the river mouth onto the ocean. It is natural to stop and visit along the way with the fisherman inhabitants of these extraordinary dwellings, as you round the point of “tiger’s mouth” on your way back to camp.
Evening: At a table as long as the sunset, one partakes in fresh seafood dinner lit by the glow of flickering candles.
Timing is everything…Get it right!
Planning your trip during the right time of year can pay big dividends.
- Experience the thrill of 16 meter/36,000 kilogram Humpback whales breaching the water. Stick around a while and enjoy 20 minutes of “song” courtesy of the males. (July-October)
- Slip into some neoprene and SCUBA dive “los negritos”. Don’t expect the clarity of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, but there is still plenty to see.
No trash left behind is a mantra popular with the guardians. Guests are asked to carry any non-biodegradable items back with them to the Buenaventura port (50 minute boat ride).
One picture is worth one thousand words. One thousand words do not suffice to describe the magical experience that is Playa Juan de Dios.