One of the least-visited parts of the country, and a ruggedly beautiful one at that, the Pacific coast is where the jungle and ocean meet alongside grey-sand beaches, where you can go whale- and dolphin-spotting, or stay in small villages, the majority of whose residents are of African descent. You will need plenty of time and patience to explore this region, as the majority of the settlements, such as laidback El Valle, are reachable only by boat from the main port of Buenaventura.

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