Capurganá, a piece of Chocó in the Caribbean.

👤 Ángela Aragón
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📅 April 26, 2023

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The beaches of Capurganá are located on the Colombian Caribbean coast, ad portas of the Darien Highlands and are part of the municipality called Acandí, which belongs to the department of Chocó in Colombia.

This jewel of the Pacific region has crystal-clear green and blue waters, combined with soft white sand, a phenomenon rarely seen in Chocó.

The municipality of Acandí was home to the Cuna indigenous tribe, who named Capurganá as "Tierra de Ají". Today this township is home to 1,500 inhabitants who are dedicated to tourism, fishing and agriculture.

Ecotourism and relaxation in Capurganá

Capurganá is located in a bay in the middle of the tropical jungle of Chocó, which makes it a place of difficult access and offers its visitors a natural environment of total relaxation.

There are no cars, so travel in Capurganá is done in animal-drawn vehicles or by bicycle. This particularity gives tourists the advantage of breathing very pure air.

Things to do in Capurganá

In Capurganá you can enjoy a wide variety of activities, such as: navigating through its waters in canoes; getting to know the mangroves; walking through the jungle; visiting crystal clear waterfalls that melt into the sea; and even bathing in thermal water pools.

The sea in Capurganá allows tourists to practice snorkelYou can enjoy the wonderful reefs that are located near its beaches. It is also practiced the diving and the windsurf.

Those who visit Capurganá are only a few hours by boat from the Panamanian border, where there are also other magical places to visit such as the beaches of Sapzurro and La Miel.

Cigua Festival and Chocoan gastronomy

In Acandí is celebrated annually during the months of October, the Festival de la Cigua. This is a gastronomic festival where the snails that arrive to its beaches are prepared in different ways that delight the palate of locals and visitors.

Chocoan gastronomy is based on the preparation of saltwater and freshwater fish, combined with a product that cannot be missing in Colombian cuisine, rice.

The Atollado is one of the most famous typical dishes and is a rice carefully prepared by the Chocoan matrons that carries the flavors of the Colombian Pacific.


Capurganá's climate is humid tropical. Visitors should be aware of insect bites that transmit tropical diseases.

Vaccination against yellow fever, sunscreen and repellents are recommended.

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