Visit the mangroves at La Cienaga de Juan Polo, where a great diversity of birds such as Kingsfisher, White heron, Common Laura, Pink Spatula and Pelicans live. Relax as you enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna that encompasses this fascinating eco-system.
just let us take pictures of fort ten minutes canoe was interesting
A very nice canoe ride through the mangrove swamp and dance exhibit by local young people. This is a very poor area, only accessible by driving the bus along the beach for a ways. Many folks live in half-open structures barely above water level. We were shown how the locals net fish. We really appreciated the dance demonstration, which came out of the African heritage of the people. One thing - this is not a tour to take if it is likely to rain. We fortunately escaped this - it poured buckets just after we left the village.
This was a combination tour of the canoes with a city walk. We rode a bus out to the "fishing village" which was laughable--it's a bunch of party huts on a city beach near the canoe dock. The canoes were old, leaky, and often got stuck in the mud. We saw no wildlife at all. But the worst part was yet to come. We reloaded the bus and went back to the city center for a walking tour. Our guide had limited English and no basic guiding skills. He literally pointed and said "church door" or "old house" as we ran by, and it was almost impossible to stay together. Several of the group didn't make it by the end. The AC on the bus broke down and we stood for 20 minutes in the sun while they tried to fix it. In all our travels, this was one of the most disappointing excursions ever.
Very unique experience. Short bus tour through city, followed by steered canoe through natural tunneled mangroves. The tour guide is pleasant, friendly, and ensures everyone is safe an comfortable. Interesting perspective of native life.
Excursion began with a bus ride through the old city to the "Las Americas" hotel and resort complex adjacent to the airport. Behind the loading dock for the hotel's convention and banquet facility is a giant mangrove swamp. From here, we left the buses and boarded dugout canoes, each seating four or five passengers. The "boatman" uses a pole to push the canoe through channels between the mangrove trees that are barely wider than the canoe itself. The environment is spectacularly weird and enchanting.
At one point, returning canoes encountered our out-bound canoes, and it took a little while to squeeze the boats past each other.
Upon returning to the put-in location, we were provided ice cold coconuts where the top had just been cut off, allowing us to drink the slightly sweet water inside.
It was at this point that my family asked to use a restroom. One of the tour operators and a Columbian National Police officer escorted us to the conference center's facilities. Upon returning to the parking lot, we discovered our bus had left without us. There were a few anxious minutes while our escorts called the bus to find out where they'd gone. It turns out they'd simply pulled around to the entrance to the conference facility so everyone else could use the restroom, but for five minutes, we were stranded in a foreign country! I'm glad I insisted that we never leave the ship without our passports, as they would have come in handy had we indeed needed to find our own way back to the ship.
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