Tuesday, 29 June 2010

San Cipriano

San Cipriano
San Cipriano is a small town on way to the Pacific coast. Since the town can only be reached by rail, the locals improvised their own railway service of motor propelled carts. Which makes getting there the biggest adventure. The river has crystal clear refreshing water. You can rent a tube, walk up the river and float back down being surrounded by the jungle.

What can you do:
- Enjoy the unique ride in small train carts
- Go for jungle tubing down the river
- Learn about Afro-Colombian Pacific lifestyle and culture 
- Swim and relax by the river
- Go on nature walk through the rainforest
- Visit waterfall
- Taste fresh Fish
- If you are not planing to come back the same day to Cali you can find cheap accommodation in the village

How to get:
Walk 15 min to the bus terminal and ask for the bus that heads towards Buenaventura (every 15 min), get off at Cordoba, from where it's a 5 min walk downhill to the railway line, where your railway adventure will begin. Bargain with the trolley operators (pay maximum 10,000COP per person, if not less). To come back to Cali, go to the main road, wave down any bus going to Cali.

How much it costs:
18000 COP bus one way, 10000COP round ticket for the trolley ride, 5000COP for a tube rent

How long it takes to get there:
2-2.30 hr

Photos by Ben Chertoff and Mauricio Garcia

Monday, 28 June 2010

Rio Pance

Rio Pance
The Pance River is located in the southern side of Cali city and is a popular place for locals for recreation and leisure activities. It is clean and fresh enough to swim and play in the river.

What can you do:
- Hike to one of the peaks of the park
- Take a bath in the refreshing river
- Visit waterfalls
- Taste Sancocho de Gallina
- Stay overnight in awesome Anahuac Reserva Natural 21000COP for a room

How to get:

Walk 15 min to the bus terminal and ask for the minibus “Recreativo”. To Reserva Natural Anahuac take a bus “Transporte Recreativo 1A” and walk 1km from the Pance Village.

How much it costs:
1.500COP bus one way

How long it takes to get there:

Photos by Filip Ziolkowski and Urs

Sunday, 27 June 2010


Ladrilleros Ladrilleros is a small village connected to Juanchaco, with decent pacific coast beaches. If you like off-beaten track this is a trip for you. You might find yourself as the only backpacker in the whole Colombian Pacific coast.

What can you do:
- Watch humpback whales for around 20000-25000 COP between July-Oct
- Jump over the Pacific waves
- Go body boarding
- Taste legendary Colombian Pacific coast seafood
- Stay overnight in the and watch the sunset from the hammock
- Go for the local boat tour around the mangrove forest

How to get:
Walk 15 min to the bus terminal and ask for the bus to Buenaventura, from Buenaventura bus station take a taxi to the pier, then take the boat to Ladrilleros and when you get there wait for the tractor transportation to the beach.

How much it costs:
16000 COP bus one way,
3000 COP taxi to the prier,
54000-60000 COP round boat ticket to the Ladrilleros,
20000-25000 COP Whale watching
from 15000 COP "Patty" or "Arena" rooms in Ladrilleros pp/night
2000 COP tractor ride to the beach or 30 min walk

 How long it takes to get there:

Photos by Filip Ziolkowski

Friday, 25 June 2010

World Cup Bet in Iguana

Spain won over Chile 2:1. Both teams qualified to the next round and we are having new winners. Mor an Israeli backpacker wins a free night in Iguana and Dominish from Austria 3 ice cold Colombian beers. Congratulations!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Fiesta de la musica in Cali, Friday June 25th

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

The Bodies in Cali

A mind blowing exhibition available in Cali. Don´t miss it. It is 5000COP taxi ride from the Iguana or 35 min walk.

Museo La Tertulia
Cra. 1 Oeste # 5-105
15 de mayo a 4 de julio

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Israelis set up the African World Cup:) Brasil - Costa de Marfil 3:1

Again Israeli travellers Ben and Ronen are the ones who perfectly foresighted the result of the game between Brasil and Ivory Coast 3:1. After the second round Ben won 3 beers and Ronen one night accomodation free. Congrats! Be carefull, never play Poker with these guys:)

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Suizos celebrating sensational result against Spain

The World Cup full of surprises. Congrats for the Switzerland! Urs - a Swiss owner of the Iguana today have a good reasons to try another beer! Prost!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Atalia - Israeli football expert wins FREE night in the Iguana

This time Atalia from Israel seems to be the best football expert. She knew that Brasil was going to win with North Korea only 2:1. Congratulations!

Monday, 14 June 2010

World Cup in Iguana - the first winners

Finally we have the first winners. Ben (Israel), Roman (France), Filip (Poland) and Harry (England) won the free night accomodation thanks to their well predicted football game result between Italy and Paragway 1:1. Congratulations!

Friday, 11 June 2010

Win one night free in Iguana! South Africa World Cup 2010

The World Cup in South Africa started. Are you ready for the game? Vote for the result of the following game and if you are lucky we will give you one night free. Ask at the reception for the details.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Before you leave

Hoooola! Have you learn Spanish and Salsa well? Have you done jungle tubing in San Cipriano? Before you leave take some classes from the hostel and if you realy have to go first check out an online bus schedule!