The flight was one hour long and we crossed completely undeveloped jungle. There are no roads that go through this jungle to the Pacifico. The only way in is by small plane.
The best part about flying on a private charter was that we got to bring Kiki. PLUS she got to ride in a seat right next to Stevie!
Upon arriving in the small village of Nuqui, Stevie promptly introduced herself to the locals.
Nuqui is the largest village in the area, but that isn’t saying a lot. The place is tiny. The local people are a mix of indigenous Colombians and slaves who were brought over from Africa.
From Nuqui we took a one hour boat ride to the beach house. Our friends have been building this place one 2×4 at a time. You have to appreciate how amazing this house is given that it is in the middle of absolute NOWHERE! Every piece of wood comes from the jungle. It sits right on the beach. No electricity. No road. No cell service. Behind the house there is nothing but hundreds of miles of impenetrable jungle. In front there is nothing but the vast blue Pacifico ocean. This is paradise.
As we find is the case throughout our life, so it was in the Pacifico. The most beautiful part by far is the people. They are striking, warm, authentic and alive! A local family lives in the tiny house behind our friends house and they take care of the place. These people live completely off the grid and completely off the land and sea. Truly inspiring!
Below moving clockwise we have Stevie, Charlie, Nico, Cami, and Claudia.
Enjoying a pool that captures the natural hot springs that flow out of the jungle. No crowds here!
Believe it or not, there was a guy leading dive trips all the way out here in the middle of nowhere. I was a little nervous about the gear. Both the regulators and the BCs leaked air. But we went and it was awesome! We saw all kinds of fish, manta rays, and two WHALES!
Only a few people have access to boats, so guess what everyone else does? We passed a family on our beach who were heading south. They had been walking for 13 hours to arrive at the next small village!One of the girls was about 6 months pregnant.
Below Charlie and Cami are kicking it in the natural pool overlooking the ocean. These two Colombian brothers are completely legit. They are all business, yet super funny, super fun, super loyal, and very family orientated. We feel privileged that they welcomed us into their home and into their family!
Although we’ve only known them for a short time, it feels like we’ve been friends with these guys for a lifetime.
As I sat on the plane heading back to Medellin I pondered our life and I realized, this is why we do what we do. On Wednesday we went to a dinner party and met 3 amazing couples. From that experience we found ourselves on a plane heading towards a remarkable experience in the Pacifico.
Life is about embracing the moment. Embracing the people. Embracing every experience. As my good friend Guillermo says,