Silversea Expedition Cruises To UTRIA NATIONAL PARK (Nuqui Harbour)

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UTRIA NATIONAL PARK (Nuqui Harbour)

Nuqui is a coastal town and municipal area in Colombia’s Choco department. Located on the shore of Utria Cove, Nuqui has a small airport, a high school and hospital and serves as one of the entry points to the Utria National Park. From the coast and tropical rainforest to the mountains in the interior the park covers an area of 54,300 hectares. This is one of the wettest regions in the world with around 10,000 millimeters of rain per year. View more

October is the rainiest month, but on an average 300 days per year have rain. Some 3,000 inhabitants live in the municipal capital. The majority of the 3,000 inhabitants are Afro-Colombians and members of indigenous tribes are also present. Utria National Park’s forested area has a rich and diverse fauna and flora with seven different mangrove species along its shore -yet it is the ocean and marine wildlife and specifically marine mammals that attract visitors. Dolphins can be found year-round, whale sharks have been registered, and humpback whales are common visitors between June and November, giving birth to calves from August to October.

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VANCOUVER To GUAYAQUIL
  • Departure
    Oct 05 2022
  • Duration
    33 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Wind
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PUNTARENAS To GUAYAQUIL
  • Departure
    Oct 27 2022
  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Wind
From US$ 6,210
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Excursions in UTRIA NATIONAL PARK (Nuqui Harbour)

Mangrove Boardwalk

Departing from the ship, the zodiac will run through the bay of Utria , landing on the wide sandy beach and mud flats in front of the National Park of Utria.


The pathway to the mangroves starts directly from the reception area with special care given to the protection of this fragile ecosystem. The walkways winds its way through the mangroves with informative signage and covered platforms and pass through the ecosystem where the mangroves meets the rain forest.


The local guides has intimate knowledge of the route and the forest. Immerse yourself into your surroundings as he interprets the different plants, trees, birds and other animals that inhabit this ecosystem.


Finishing your tour on the pebble beach of Utria, either return directly to the ship or spend time independently exploring the beach area and coastal topography.


A light refreshment of sugar cane juice and lemon will be available as well as restrooms to freshen up.

Rainforest Walk

Departing from the ship, a zodiac will run along the coast in the open sea for approximately 15 minutes before landing on black sand and gravel beach. Explore the rainforest which borders the beach and whilst walking along a shallow stream. The forest has an amazing wealth of plant and animal life and very little sign of human activity.


The local guides has intimate knowledge of the route and the forest. Immerse yourself into your surroundings as he interprets the different plants, trees, birds and other animals that inhabit this ecosystem.


Finishing your tour on the pebble beach of Utria, either return directly to the ship or spend time independently exploring the beach area and coastal topography.

Relax at Playa Blanca

Lying off the southerly point of Punta Diego and close to where the ship is anchored, Playa Planca is located on an island. A natural sandy beach with rocks, caves & natural vegetation. Facing the Pacific Ocean tree trunks and other driftwood often wash ashore.


The majority of beaches on the Colombian Pacific coast are black sand and Playa Blanca, or white beach, is an exception. It is an ideal location for relaxing, swimming as well as snorkelling to see live coral. There is a small family run restaurant, on the opposite side of the small island located a 5 minute walk from the beach, selling fried fish and green banana pancakes as well as drinks.

Utria Kayaking

The calm extensive waters of Utria are perfect for kayaking. Moving up close to the shoreline in peace and quiet you can witness the great wealth of bird and other animal life in this rich habitat of rainforest, mangroves and beaches. At high tide it is possible to kayak through the Mangroves through which the board walk is built.


Here discover the diverse bird life and other fauna, enjoying the lush surroundings for a nearly 3-hour paddle.


Return to the kayak center and your afternoon at leisure.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.