Juanchaco and Ladrilleros
Located forty-five minutes from Buenaventura by boat, the Juanchaco, Ladrilleros, and la Barra region is one of the last largely unexplored and untouristy areas of Colombia. But give it time. Get there now before it gets overrun by Dutch backpackers and Australian adventurers looking for their own slice of unspoiled Colombian paradise! Basically all roads here lead through Cali. From there it is a 4 hour bus ride through some seriously steep and windy roads down to Buenaventura.
Endless tropical paradise awaits. I stumbled upon this spider while walking down a little-known jungle path, and for me it encapsulates the wonder, the mystery, the raw and magical beauty of this exotic land. Likewise, you are bound to see spectacular orchids in the wild. Flowers have proved to be an incredible boon to the Colombian economy, and currently account for one of their biggest exports.
While I would recommend going here, I want to give a few caveats. First of all, Buenaventura is not to be entered lightly. While its days as a murderous cocaine port have largely subsided, it still has an appreciable presence of guerillas, paramilitaries, and criminal elements. Fortunately, they are not in the zones where tourists would have any reason to go, so as long as you do your research and use common sense, you will be fine. Additionally the area has a significant police and military presence, so you will feel safe.
You will arrive by boat at Juanchaco. From there I would suggest heading to the slightly larger and more developed Ladrilleros, just five minutes away by motorbike. It should be only $2.000 or $3.000 COP to get there. There are no cars in the area. Due to the tides, you need to time your beach time correctly. Basically from noon to sundown, the Ladrilleros beach is at its best, that is to say, low tide. For $5.000 COP rent a table on the beach, and plenty of vendors will walk by selling water, beer, and coconut deserts.