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“Chilled place with great atmosphere”
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Humpback Turtle
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3 hotel reviews
“Chilled place with great atmosphere”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Stayed at the Humpback for just over a week and had a really good time. It's pretty much right on the beach, so from bed to 1st wave is about 10mins! Tyler is a good host and makes an effort to chat to everyone and make them feel comfortable, Jeff is a laugh and has heaps of enthusiasm for pretty much everything.
For a beach hostel the facilities are good, but don't expect luxury. Is about 30-40mins walk from the town, so not too bad for groceries and other supplies.
They can organise excursions for the national park, fishing and whale watching. You can also rent surfboards if you left yours at home. Would recommend!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This place was absolutely amazing. The nature, the wildlife, the sea the surf and the people are incredible in el Valle and surrounding Chocó area. It is my favourite spot in Colombia so far and that says a lot if you would know how much i love Colombia in general. Apart from all that the Humpback Turtle is a gem on its own right in the middle of that impressive landscape. Beautiful bungalows in the middle of palm trees and all kind of plants. The owner has his own organic garden and is an excellent chef cooking lots of asian type fusion kitchen. I went there for surfing and the waves are right in front of the hostal and the wave is not crowded at all so great.
Owner Tyler and the rest of the staff are all really nice, cool, genuine people. In short I had a blast . Sorry if all that sounds a bit too good to be true, its just like that :D The only thing is as its a remote place and the next cash machine is 30 min drive away bring enough cash if you don´t want to go back and forth too much.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Medellin, Colombia
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

A simple basic secluded place to stay. Highly recommended to stay a few days put your gear in his first. Enjoy the beautiful view while enjoying your book in the hammock. Good waves in the front garden, possibility to rent surf boards ... ultimate chill and also possibility of excursions.
Do not expect luxury, but you have a room / hammock, safe area and kitchen at your disposal. Adjust the trips you want to do yourself, but Taylor and Jeff will help you with questions. Patience get paid, finish your day with a freshly caught tuna fish bbq and a beer or two .....

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

I'm went to the humpback turtle in february 2012 and had the best time! The location is just perfect, between the jungle and the sea. So many activities you can do: waterfalls, jungle walk, fishing, spearfishing, surfing , kayaking.
Since i'm a surfer, i loved this place because you have a pretty decent beachbreak right in front of of the hostel. You eat a nice breakfeast of their amazing terrace (sea view!), check the swell, grab your board and go surfing with the locals
If u want a place far away from the crowd and the madness of cities, here you go for a chilled, confortable and adorable place!
Eco friendly, a nice vibe, and really nice staff,
Ill be back ASAP!
Guillaume from france

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Paris, France
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

The Humpback Turtle has been one of the major highlights on our five month road trip across Latin America. Awesome waves, incredible sunsets, amazing hikes through the jungle, extremely hospitable owners... All together it made for an unforgettable week. El Valle in itself, for its culture and peculiar history, already is more than worth visiting. That, combined with fresh tuna for dinner, some amazing guided tours (including sea turtles, caves, fresh bananas and so on) and a good party every now and then, makes me want to go back rather sooner than later!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Valletta, Malta
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I was a little apprehensive about flying out to Choco and staying in such a remote place. It seemed like a lot of money to spend to get there etc. But it was totally amazing. The guys running the place are so so lovely, the food is excellent (if at varied times!), the sea is beautiful, wildlife and nature everywhere, a waterfall to shower in if you want, dogs to throw sticks for, friendly local people, great local culture. It was a totally fantastic place to be. A lack of surfboard hire options for the less experienced surfer and the tours were a bit out of my budget but I was happy to sit around, surf and read etc. Amazing Mirador bar close by for Sunday party, unlike any other party I've ever been to!!

Room Tip: Dorms are basic, but comfy, the double room has amazing sea view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

the relaxed atmosphere at the humpback turtle is perfect when you want to get away from the big city, and because i live in medellín, i have to do that now and again. the owners weren't there when i was there but the staff was really friendly and helpful. hard not to enjoy yourself when the beach is your frontyard.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Humpback Turtle
Address: Playa Almejal, El Valle 276038, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Choco Department > El Valle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in El Valle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Humpback Turtle is a beach hostel / bar in El Valle (Choco, Colombia), right on the border of where the powerful Pacific Ocean meets the vibrant jungle of Choco. We offer beach side accommodation, restaurant, self-serv kitchen, full bar, and an array of tours and cultural activities in the area. Epic Surf, beach break and rivermouth! Come & live the Pacific at the Humpback Turtle! ... more   less 
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