Colombia – Travel Diary #7 : Tumaco, and the Island of Bocagrande

Hey !

I’ve been a bit mia the last days, truth is I’m already back home in France right now ! I took some time to rest, but now i’m back to narrating the end of my Colombian trip.

β–Ά If you wish to check out the previous Travel Diaries, here they are 😊 :

🌐 In Tumaco :

Tumaco is a city located in the NariΓ±o department, on the west coast of Colombia. It’s very close to Ecuador, the country right below, they say you could go there swimming (but that might be a little exaggerated honestly).

TheΒ population of TumacoΒ is mostly black and not from native american roots, like on almost every Colombian coast. When theΒ colonizationΒ arrived, Europeans took slaves from Africa to do the hard work there, but they only took them to the coasts. The actual residents are their descendants.

So, we stayed at a hotel named Villa del Sol, it was quite nice with a pool and all !

There was also a restaurant room where we had breakfast, and a birdie always came to beg for some crumbs (or he just came and stole food from our plate, he wasn’t really a shy bird) :


The hotel was nicely located too, right in front of a beach ! We could then decided between swimming in the sea or in the pool, I like to have these kind of options. The sunsets there were quite amazing, really colorful, from pink and baby blue to a deep orange and navy.

sunset 3

We stayed there a few days, just relaxing and chilling under the sun.

🌐 Going to Bocagrande :

Β Then, we went to visit an island, close to the coast, called Bocagrande (meaning “Bigmouth”). We had to go to the port of Tumaco to look for a boat that was going there.

The boat went through some water “roads”, surrounded by mangroves. It was amazing to see such big ramifications diving into the water :


We arrived to the island, the beach was nice and full of beautiful shells (even as decorations) 🌊


All the buildings were made out of wood, and some were meant to be used as hotel rooms, so tourists can stay and sleep on the island. But there wasn’t any electricity.

A guy was selling coconuts, with a straw to drink the coconut water strait out of the raw coconut !


There were also many crabs on the island : crab as food, crab shaped decorations, actual crabs, crab farming…Β πŸ¦€

And if you went for a walk, you could find some not that friendly bugs too, such as huge spiders that wereΒ aesthetically questionableΒ , but still amazing to see ! :

That was our stay in Tumaco !Β πŸ–
How did you like it ? Would you like to visit the Colombian coast ?

See ya !Β πŸ’™

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15 thoughts on “Colombia – Travel Diary #7 : Tumaco, and the Island of Bocagrande

    1. Thanks Ingrid πŸ’— How awesome ! I went there twice, it was the most amazing sea I’ve ever seen. If you can : visit the “Isla media naranja”, the beach there is composed of white sand and turquoise transparent waves 😊


  1. Oriana, I love your blog. It’s a pleasure to see the stunning images you capture that accompany the lovely narration you provide of your travel destinations.
    One of my closest friends is from Colombia and we’re hoping to coordinate a trip there together next summer. I think this post alone has convinced me – we definitely need to go! I’m jotting Tumaco down as a location to visit and am officially following your blog to check out your other posts and acquire more wonderful recommendations!
    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hey Jackie ! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such kind words, i’m really happy that you like my blog ! 😊 And yes, you should definitely go to Colombia, since there are so many beautiful sights so witness. It’s really awesome to have a close friend from another culture (specially a Colombian one hahaha), I hope you’ll manage to come next summer !
      Best wishes πŸ’—


  2. Gorgeous photos as usual (: that watermelon looks perfect and that sweet bird- so cute! My dad used to tell my sisters and I stories about when he lived in Chile and Argentina, he said they had the light switches on the outside of the rooms so you could see the spiders and lizards inside before you walked in haha crazy stuff

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  3. The photos are amazing, I love the composition of them, especially the mangroves photograph. I would love to visit mangroves – what did you think to them? Would you recommend them as something to visit if you were nearby? Hannah

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