excursions
EXCURSIONES

EL SALTO DE LA DIANA

During rainy season, the Salto de la Diana offers a very pleasant walk. It’s a natural 15 meters high fall of cold and crystal clear waters, located on the southern outskirts of Sapzurro. It can be reached after15 minutes on foot from the village, first along the beach and then following a nice path. The waterfallis are surrounded by vegetation. There you can find indigenous species of shrimps, fresh water fishes and, if you’re lucky, howler monkeys. You also can have a refreshing dip in the pool that the cascade forms on its base.

LA MIEL

From the village of Sapzurro, following a track that climbs a beautiful hill, on the top of which is placed the Colombian-Panamanian army control, it’s reached La Miel, the first community on the Panamanian Coast. The white sand beach, with its quite and clear waters and its green palms, is a nice place to relax for some hours, snorkeling or sipping a beer at the kiosk in front of the sea. From the top of the hill it is possible to take great pictures of the bay.

CABO TIBURÓN

On an uninhabited area north of Sapzurro that ends up in a geographical feature sprinkled with submerged rocks, there’s Cabo Tiburón, named after the big amount of sharks that were found here when the first Spanish sailors arrived. It’s part of the Darien Gulf on the north-west tip of Colombia, on the coastal border with Panama. A path leads to the cape in about 30 minutes on foot from the village, crossing the forest and the beach, and skirting a coastal shelf facing the sea. There are two quite beaches next to the cape. When the sea is calm, it is an excellent and unspoiled spot for diving and for apnea, with a depth of about 160 feet, and offers a good display of coral reef life.

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SAN BLAS

The archipelago formed by the islands of the Comarca de Kuna Yala, in the Panamanian Caribbean, also known as the San Blas Islands, is a string of coral islands that has become one of the most popular eco-tourism destinations in the Central-American region. It is located about 3 hours by boat from Sapzurro. It is a set of about 365 islands (one for each day of the year), where you can swim and practice snorkeling, diving, kayaking and fishing. The islands, formed by the accumulation of coral are covered with palm trees, and are surrounded in extraordinarily beautiful waters. There are no wild animals and the tropical climate is perfect. The impression upon arrival is incredible much like the surprise of seeing how the Kuna Indians, who inhabit this archipelago, have kept their customs, traditions and way of life intact for centuries.

These islands were selected as one of the two "best cruise destinations in the world" by the magazines Cruising World and Le Monde Voyage. The program of the North American television channel CBS "Survivor" selected an island of San Blas, Sapbeinega,for a "reward" party offered to the competitors of the program.

The San Blas offers two unparalleled attractions: the spectacular beauty of the Caribbean islands and the opportunity to visit the hamlets of the Kuna Indians to learn about their fascinating culture and way of life.


CAPURGANÁ

This community has approximately 1.500 inhabitants and is located 10 minutes by boat from Sapzurro. Its name in Kuna language means “Land of Chili”. The Kuna Indians inhabited it until the beginning of the 20th century when they were displaced by Afro-Colombian settlers arrived from the city of Cartagena. In Capurganá is possible to enjoy a unique biodiversity in Colombia: It has beaches and coral reefs ideal for diving and natural jungle that offers to visitors great outings on foot or on horseback, in search of the inlets of La Miel and Sapzurro. It has a good offer of bars and restaurants.

BAHÍA AGUACATE

Taking a boat in Sapzurro, in just a few minutes, you will reach this bay with emerald green water and white sand. “Avocado Bay” was named after the shape of its beach and perhaps because it's the perfect place to meet the best of marine cuisine, with red snapper and a variety of seafood such as shrimps, lobster, squid and crab that locals serve with coconut rice and "patacones" (fried plantain slices). It is an ideal place for sunbathing and snorkeling to observe the brain coral and a multitude of colorful fish. It also can be reached on foot and, in the immediate vicinity,there are the "Blowing Holes" and a natural seawater pool.


PLAYA SOLEDAD

Only 30 minutes south of Capurganá is Playa Soledad. This lonely, intimate, natural beach with impressively white sand lays on a mangrove-covered plain that meets the sea. It is an ideal place to rest, sunbathe and swim or snorkel as the sea is crystal clear and very quiet. On its way you can see the Island of the Birds and the Bay of Pinoroa.

EL CIELO

In Capurganá, in addition to the main beach, the main attractions are in the jungle and its different routes. A very popular one is the path that leads to the Eco Reserva El Cielo. It is a stroll that can be done on horseback, by bicycle or on foot. Walking near the river you enter a forest populated by centenary wild cashewnut trees, yellow flower fern trees, ceibas, cedars, mangoes, avocados, orchids, bromelias and other characteristic species of the tropical rainforest. It’s not difficult to find on the way howler monkeys, toucans and parrots. Half way to the El Cielo waterfalls is the entrance to the Darien Botanical Garden. The visitor will walk through stone paths in the forest and will appreciate the different botanical species. He will cross hanging bridges made with materials from the region. The botanical garden has the first butterfly garden of the Caribbean Darién. At the end of the path that meanders along the river are the El Cielo waterfalls with their cold and crystalline waters.