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Ladrilleros and Juanchaco are two fishermen settlements located at the mouth of the bay of Malaga, some 40 km north of Buenaventura in the Valle del Cauca department of Colombia.

Get in[edit]

Fast boats depart from the Muelle Turistico in Buenaventura (1 hr). Return fare is COP$90,000 and the return is valid for 15 days. A reliable company is Transporte Asturias.

Get around[edit]

  • Moto taxis take you from Juanchaco to Ladrilleros for COP$5,000.



  • Whale watching : From mid July to September, whales travel from the cold waters of Patagonia to Ladrilleros in order to raise their baby whale. Tours do not last more than 30 min in order not to disturb the whales. Boats leave frequently from the Muelle Turistico in Juanchaco (COP$25,000).
  • Cascada La Sierpe : Two waterfalls inside the Malaga Bay. Accessible only by boat with a guide (COP$25,000).
  • Mangrove Tour
  • Piscinas de agua naturale
  • Beach
  • Surfing and body board
  • Diving and snorkeling




Coco loco: local spirit called viche and served in a coco nut.


Stay safe[edit]

The town is safe. There s an airforce landing strip right between Juanchaco and Ladrilleros as well as a navy base in the bay of Malaga.

Go next[edit]

In the event of bad weather, the boats will not run and you'll be stuck in town for an extra day. Be careful if you have to catch a plane or are low on cash.

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