Tuesday, April 9, 2013

#846 Isla Gorgona, Colombia

34km off Colombia's wild and mangroved Pacific coast lies the mysterious island of Gorgona, so named for the hundreds of snakes present when Pizarro's ship stopped there in 1524. For a long time a prison and forbidden to outsiders, it is now a majestic holiday resort of wild jungle trails, pristine beaches, spectacular diving, and peace and quiet (one small resort and the boats only cross from Guapi, the nearest village and airport, two times a week).
Nature rules here, as is evidenced by the jungle completely reclaiming the prison over the past 30 years, but also by the hundreds of small monkeys, lizards, snakes, birds, and other creatures. My favorite, by far, were the humpback whales that traverse this coast several months of the year with their babies on their way to and from the tropics and Antarctica. Breaking just off the island, breaching and playing or just breathing, they astonish and excite all visitors when they are seen several times a day. 
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Source: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isla_Gorgona


  1. Hi Natalya,

    I was there in April 2007 and didn't see any sperm whales.
    Were you there in April 2013 or some other time?

    (I am thinking of going back one day).


  2. I actually had my information wrong -- they were humpback whales, not sperm whales. They are seen all along the Pacific coast of Colombia from around August to November as they migrate from Antarctica and have babies in the warmer waters before heading south again. If you went in April you wouldn't see them. I was there in October 2012.