Tumaco is located at the Nariño department and it's also known as the Pacific Pearl, due to the importance of its sea port. At the previous time to the Spanish conquest, the area was controlled by the Tumaco - La Tolita culture. According to some sources, the foundation of the city took place in 1630 as a shipyard, since its location is quite strategic. Among the main tourist attractions you can visit, there are the Parque Colon, in front of the church cathedral, the Puente del Morro to visit the islands La Viciosa and El Morro, besides the diverse beaches as El Bajito, Bocagrande and the ones located close to the Mira river, where you can admire the great diversity of flora and fauna. The most representative dishes of the place are the cazuela de mariscos, which includes squids, prawns and clams, a delightful crayfish with garlic or the pusandau of mountain meat with banana and yucca and take a drink of borojo o pepepan juice. Among the festivities that you can enjoy in Tumaco there is the Carnaval del Fuego (the fire carnival), a festival from Tumaco celebrated after Easter where you can contemplate dances, games, parades, troupes and much more; the Festival del Currulao, that looks for maintaining this cultural dancing expression and in this festival participate Colombian artists and people of all age. There is also the Cumpleaños de Tumaco in November, where there is a display of the celebratory nature of the population. During your trip through Nariño, Tumaco is a destination that offers you a place to relax and rest, and to benefit from the calm of the sea, don't you miss this chance!
Travel tips for Tumaco
If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to the jungle- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.