WHALE IN SIGHT-ECOLODGE EL ALMEJAL BAHÍA SOLANO 3, 4 AND 5 NIGHT PLANS

ENJOY THIS SPECTACLE OF NATURE IN CHOCÓ BETWEEN THE MONTHS OF JULY AND OCTOBER
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El Chocó, located in western Colombia near the Pacific Sea, is a magical place to appreciate the dark sandy beaches, take walks, and dive and snorkel activities, it is a place of disconnection and relaxation.
Chocó is considered the region with the highest biodiversity per square meter in the world, it is a destination for nature and beach lovers. Between the months of July to October, it has the visit of the Humpback Whales.

Enjoy this wonderful whale watching plan at the Ecolodge el Almejal.

June 15 to October 20, 2020.
3,4 or 5 nights
WHALE IN SIGHT-ECOLODGE EL ALMEJAL BAHÍA SOLANO 3, 4 AND 5 NIGHT PLANS

Recommendations – what to bring to Bahía Solano?

  • Identity document
  • Photographic camera
  • Medicines for personal use
  • Repellent and sunscreen
  • Light clothing for warm weather, shorts, cotton t-shirts, comfortable sweatshirt or pants, raincoat, caps or sun hats.
  • Swimwear
  • Water shoes, tennis or boots that can get wet and have a grip underneath; to make trips through the jungle.
  • Sandals and shoes for walking on the beach and in different activities
  • Small backpack to carry your personal items
  • Reusable bottle
  • Waterproof bag to store your electronic devices to isolate them from moisture

For whale watching:

  • Keep your distance. Do not try to interact with the whales directly.
  • Be patient, it may take a few minutes to find them or several hours a day.
  • Do not throw trash in the sea.
  • Do not try to feed them.
  • If you are swimming and you come face to face, slowly back up and go away.
  • See that the captains of the boats comply with the principles of responsible sighting; keep a distance of at least 200mt, remind the tribulation to be silent as noise disturbs them, navigate slowly or in neutral, never obstruct their path (the approach should be from behind or from the side), leave them enough distance so that they can do pirouettes, never approach a mother with her baby.



 

Itinerary

DAY 1

ARRIVAL AT BAHÍA SOLANO. Transfer to the hotel, check in, accommodation, lunch and free afternoon.

DAY 2

BOAT TRIP TO SEARCH FOR WHALES. Early in the morning we take the boat to go out in search of the whales and enjoy the spectacle they offer when they surface with their 7-meter blows, backs, tails and playful whale calves.  In case of not having had contact with them, another outing will be rescheduled.

DAY 3

ALMEJAL NATURAL RESERVE. After breakfast, departure to the Natural Reserve of the hotel to enjoy the spectacular interior landscape of the rainforest and meet unique species in the world. 

DAY 4

NATIONAL NATURAL PARK. In a 35 minute boat ride enjoying the jungle and rocky landscape, you will arrive to Utría. The imposing emerald green inlet, its mangroves and white beaches with crystalline waters will be the setting for a walk, a swim in the sea or snorkeling.  

DAY 5

TOUR ALONG THE TUNDÓ RIVER. Tour along the peaceful Tundó River in a paddle canoe with expert guides who will show you the species and their ecosystems as you go deep into the jungle.

DEPARTURE DAY

Breakfast, return to the airport. END OF SERVICES.

 

What's Included

INCLUDES

  • Lodging in independent cabin
  • Full meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners)
  • Shared ground transfers
  • Drinking water
  • Whale watching
  • Excursions according to the number of nights
  • Assistance card and taxes.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Air tickets
  • Tourist tax in Bahia Solano
  • Entrance fee to Utría Park
  • Incidentals
  • Tips
  • Any service not specified above

Post-COVID Requirements

IN EL ALMEJAL WE ALL TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER

In El Almejal we have been evolving since 1982, today we are aware that cooperation and solidarity are fundamental to get out of the current emergency situation. Bahia Solano is a NON MASSIVE tourist destination, which significantly reduces human interactions and risks. Our tours are to pristine locations. However, due to the pandemic situation of covid-19, and the sanitary emergency declared by the Colombian government, we adapted the guidelines of the Colombian Ministry of Health to design the Protocol of Hygiene and Bioprotection of El Almejal.

We accepted the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and local and national entities:

1. Hand Washing

2. Social Distancing

Adequate use of masks and PPE, but we will continue to be attentive to new recommendations to be updated and current in the systematic process of reopening.

To be sustainable we base our operation on the 4 pillars of ecotourism, and today we have new challenges to include biosecurity pillars, so that your stay in El Almejal is, besides unforgettable and sustainable, reliable and safe.

We would like to share here the general measures we have implemented so that you can enjoy peace of mind during your stay with us. We apologize if any of these measures are uncomfortable or inconvenient for you, we hope your understanding and patience, as they correspond to the mitigation of the global pandemic situation of covid19.

PILLARS OF BIOSECURITY IN EL ALMEJAL, Together we will move forward.

PREVENTION

Dissemination of El Almejal's biosafety protocol.
Use of PPE defined in each area.
Use of biodegradable disinfectants, certified for Colombia.
Total disinfection of common areas in the Lodge.
Reception: Disinfection of footwear and luggage.
Daily disinfection of rooms.
SOLIDARITY

I take care of myself, I take care of you!
Our guests, visitors and collaborators are aware and supportive following WHO recommendations and our protocols.
If I have any symptoms or news, I will be responsible and will communicate it to the El Almejal office prior to the trip or during your stay at the Lodge's reception.
I will follow medical recommendations, either from my EPS or my insurance company.
IMPORTANT MEASURES

 Daily temperature taking and recording.
In our reception talk we include an account of the biosecurity measures implemented for a reliable stay at El Almejal.
Hygiene stations with WHO instructions for hand washing and disinfection.
Signage and instructions in common areas and cabins.
Protocol for employees according to their position with delivery of PPE.
Capacity control.
QUALITY AND HYGIENE PROCESS

 Continue aiming for quality despite being in such a remote area.
For more than twenty years our food service in the dining room is dish served to the table. We continue with this service.
We designed biosecurity protocols. And we are in re-training for food and beverage handling personnel.
We are refreshing food and beverage reception protocols.
We control the capacity in the hotel and restaurant.


As we are a small, non-mass tourism lodging, it is very rare that our capacity promotes overcrowding. Our cabins are single-family and spacious with a maximum of 4 people, spaced between them to allow privacy. The dining room and bar are open, that is to say, without walls and the tables are sufficiently spaced between them. However, we will provide the measures and signage to ensure the social distance of 1.5 mt both in the tour areas of the Lodge.

COMMUNICATION

Dissemination of protocols and measures taken in each area, both for our guests and visitors as well as for our collaborators. These measures will be communicated through the appropriate channels according to each audience. 

They will be sent by mail when a reservation is confirmed.
Clear, visible and accessible signage for everyone.
Training sessions will be held with our staff on biosafety, re-training in quality, food handling, waste management and sustainability.

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