2. Surfing the Wild Coast: Nuqui
￼Colombia’s remote Pacific Coast, now increasingly easy to access, is like Costa Rica two decades ago, full of charming colonial towns and empty surf breaks. Family-run eco-lodges have taken root up and down the coast, including El Cantil, a cluster of bungalows hewn from the rain forest south of the town of Nuqui that offers jungle hikes, snorkeling gear for the house reef, and not a whole lot else. The visitor center at nearby Utría National Park is ideal for true off-the-gridders, including electricity-free rooms that are reached by a 5.5-mile hike from Nuqui (boat service is also available). And then there’s El Almejal, a small lodge with a surf break out front and access to some of Utría’s best birding territory. Getting to Nuqui requires a flight from Bogotá, but it’s worth the connection.
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