What you can see in Bahia Solano
An 18 km road connects the peaceful village of El Valle, to Bahia Solano. The tide there marks the rhythm of life. When it flows, it extends over a strip of sand close to which the hotels stand, and nourishes the rivers descending from the Baudó Range. The Valley River, that has four species of mangrove bordering its margin, is one of those rivers.
You can travel upstream by canoe and by foot to the Cascadas River, where visitors will find crystal pools and small waterfalls; and the Chadò river, famous for the huge pool if forms before reaching the sea.
The sea is calm at sunrise and retreats from the shore leaving colored fish and sea urchins. Some of the rarities offered by the jungle vegetation are best admired from the canopy and they include: the iraca palm tree, used to weave hats, the labios de negra flower, which resembles a red mouth, and the borojo aphrodisiac fruit, used for beverages.
While high tide is ideal for a nature walk, the evening is the ideal time to admire the artificial turtlearium, where turtles are protected until their release during the egg laying season, which runs from September to December.
Boat rides to watch yubarta wales, sharks, and dolphins on their way north, are very popular between August and October.
El Almejal Beach in Bahia Solano
Punta Huina, a reddish beach bathed by clear water, ideal for fishing and snorkeling can be reached by boat from Bahia Solano or on foot.
The Playa de los Deseos is another solitary beach located at Punta Huina and characterized by its dark sand and majestic cliffs. The Cotudo and Becerro beaches are worth visiting for breath hold diving, while the ruins of ARC Sebastian De Balalcazaar, a sunken ship that survived Pearl Harbor and later became a Colombian Naval ship, are a destination not to be missed for scuba diving.
The Cove of Utria, locate further south, and bordering the Pacific, is famous for its natural park. Besides harboring close to 300 bird species and the greatest variety of bats in the country, this park is also the habitat of numerous frog species in many colors and trees like the abarco (Cariniana), the abrojo (Alternanthera), the caimito (Crysophyllum), the pojoró, the caoba (Swietenia) and the milpesos palm tree (Attalea). The park, located just 35 minutes from El Valle, is not only considered as one of the most beautiful places in Colombia, but it also was a migratory corridor for animal species coming from Central America. It is also the ideal spot for observing humpback whales mating.