El Cantil Eco-Lodge

This eco-lodge is run on sustainable principles, is certified as having a High Level of Touristic Sustainability and has obtained the Colombian Environmental Seal through the Swiss company, Cotecna. El Cantil not only works to preserve the environment but also works with local communities in the area.

What makes this accommodation so special?

It is very special indeed. This award winning ecolodge is situated amidst jungle on the wild Pacific coast of Colombia's Choco region. It is built on the highest principles of sustainability and offers unforgettable experiences for travellers. It is listed as one of National Geographic's favourite places to stay in South America and rated highly on Trip Advisor.

The Rooms

There are seven chalets in total. Each with a double and single bed.

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Private balcony over looking the sea
  • Hammock
  • Mosquito nets


Overall the accommodation is simple but extremely thoughtfully built and maintained to provide maximum comfort with minimal environmental impact. There's a dining area (African 'banda' style) where fantastic food is prepared by two lovely women. There's no internet, wifi or TV - leave all that behind and listen to the sounds of waves crashing as you sleep and the sounds of the jungle right behind. You can watch the stars at night or look for whales and birds from the hammock on your balcony.

Our stay here includes whale-watching trips by launch, a jungle walk and a visit to thermal pools and a local community. Kayaks and paddle boards are also available for hire and you can take lessons in surfing and paddle-boarding (the owners are extremely competent in both). The surf nearby (and right on the beach in front) can be fantastic - around 2 metres on a good day, and a generally reliable and clean surf.

It is not a luxury lodge, but we can guarantee a genuinely unique experience of a slice of paradise and a friendly service for all visitors.
Mark Wright, MD Chameleon Worldwide

Real highlights included seeing whales so close, meeting so many amazingly welcoming and friendly people, staying in the beautiful, tranquil and sustainably run El Cantil - and the food there - truly fabulous! E Lewis, August 2013

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