There are some places in the World that most people are not even aware that they exist. Secret locations that are hidden from the crowd. A few weeks ago, I discovered one of them and I have been thinking about it until now, if I should introduce it to the public?
And not because I don’t want nobody to go there but simply I wish the place to stay the same way as I remember it.
A small, fishing village called Rincon del Mar, located on the Caribbean Coast in Colombia. Known hardly by Colombians and definitely not by many tourists. The spot is perfect for curious travelers, who are seeking for authentic village well off the beaten track.
As a small village, you would think that it is not much to do, but this place can surprise. At the day time, you can have a walk through the coast and explore nature. There are deckchairs on the beach, so you can relax and have time for yourself.
And now the best part! Friendly fishermen live next to the Chill Octopus hostel, they can organize for you a real local-style trip to help you know better the slice of paradise!
SWIMMING WITH GLOWING PLANKTON
It’s really hard to put into words this magnificent and magical natural wonder. The plankton are developed to glow in order to scare or disturb fishes and other dangerous for them predators. Bioluminescence can be find in a rare number of environments, so imagine my happiness when I arrived to Rincon del Mar.
The tour with fishermen goes during a new moon since the darkness helps increase the light in the water. A large full moon during a cloudless night may worsen the visibility of phosphorescence. So, the tour is available for 15 days per month.
The trip starts at 5.30 pm at the beach. You get in a boat and go to the Bird Island to watch an amazing sunset with fishermen. You will have the unique experience to observe hundreds of birds in different species, rushing back to their nests. When the sun goes down, you go to a mangrove and wait until the sky is totally dark. After that all magic happens! You jump to the water, and water sparkles neon blue, when you move your hand or legs.
You can take with you snorkeling masks and swim under the water with glowing plankton! It is a totally mind-blowing experience! The trip costs 50 000 COP per person.
SPEARFISHING AND FREEDIVING TIME
The trip starts at 6 a.m. and takes you for an amazing adventure into the underwater world. You get in a boat and float away from the coast (30min) to find the best spot for fishing. When you are at the right place, the adventure starts! You jump into the water with snorkeling mask, fins on and follow the fisherman.
A well-trained fisherman can go as deep as 20 meters below the surface! And, seriously they are super-fast like fishes! I felt like a fat manatee between them That day, we catch some lobsters, crabs, conchs and fishes. It is amazing experience that will stay with you forever. The trip costs 50 000 COP per person.
DISCOVER THE ISLANDS OF ARCHIPELAGO OF SAN BERNARDO
The perfect boat trip to experience the untouched nature of the unique Archipelago of San Bernardo! The tour starts at 8 a.m. and takes around 6 hours. During the trip, you will discover some of the most beautiful islands in this area. On the boat, locals will tell you all what’s typical about each island, making the trip more memorable.
First, you explore the Isla Mangle or rather the underwater world of Isla Mangle because this spot is a perfect for snorkeling.
The second stop is made on the island called Tintipan. This is truly a heaven on earth. It has a very little population density and all bungalows are spread along the coast. The inhabitants live off fishing and some of them take care of private properties on the island. There is only one Eco hotel Puntanorte set on the north coast of the island.
Another interesting island to know is Santa Cruz del Islote. The most densely populated island on Earth! It is a home to over 1,200 inhabitants and the population density has been estimated at 103,917 per km2.
The latest stop is Isla Mucura full of little palm trees, warm sand surrounded by azure crystal Caribbean water. The trip costs 50 000 COP per person.
WHERE TO STAY IN RINCON DEL MAR
I can truly recommend the Chill Octopus hostel in Rincon del Mar. It provides dorm and private rooms and a well – equipped kitchen. You will find there everything what you need! The friendly atmosphere and good vibes, you can feel from far away. The hostel is set just right on the beach, so you can enjoy the everyday beach view, chilling on one of the hammocks. There are available paddle boards and snorkeling masks to use for free.
If you would like to discover the underwater world full of magnificent corals and different species of fishes, the Chill Octopus hostel has a great dive center. The visibility is around 20 meters and water is warm. You can also start you PADI course and get your scuba diving certification.
HOW TO GET THERE
Rincon del Mar is situated about 2 hours drive from Cartagena. You need to take a bus from the main terminal in Cartagena to San Onofre. The ride takes around 2 hours and costs 25.000 – 30.000 COP. Then from San Onofre, you have to take a motor taxi (if you are traveling solo) which should cost around 10.000 – 15.000 COP or taxi – around 10.000 COP. The trip takes about 30 min through the beautiful area of Sucre.
If you are in the Medellin, you can take a bus from the Northern Bus Terminal to San Onofre. The ride takes around 10 hours and costs 110.000 – 120.000 COP. From San Onofre, you know already what to do 😉