The San Cipriano river

The San Cipriano river

Last week was very technological in Cali thanks to the Campus Party, so I wanted to change the tonic a little, and talk about one of the eco-tourist destinations in the Valley that I like the most. It is about San Cipriano.

San Cipriano river

river puddles can be up to 15 meters deep

Located half an hour from the port city Buenaventura, this small town is located in the middle of the peaceful tropical jungle. San Cipriano is recognized locally as a tourist destination and a nature reserve, characterized by the exotic beauty of the river that runs through it. A crystalline river like none in Colombia and I would dare to say that like few others in the world. San Cipriano is so virgin and preserved that it is not possible to reach it by car, which is why its only access route is the Buenaventura railroad, which is currently used exclusively to transport loads to and from Buenaventura.

San Cipriano river

San Cipriano is in the middle of the jungle of the Colombian Pacific

The witches

Hence another one of the additional attractions of San Cipriano is born, and that is that if you want to get to the town, you must necessarily ride in “the witches”. The witches are artisan ballerina cars powered by motorcycles, which are stuck in an unauthorized way to the train tracks and transport visitors from Cordoba to San Cipriano. Cordoba is the town where visitors arrive when they come by road to Buenaventura, and if you have arrived in Cordoba by car, you should know that you get there, and you should leave it in a parking lot, and continue on your way to San Cipriano jungle inside in the witches.

little witches

The typical little witch powered by a motorcycle

This tour is definitely not for all tastes, you must have a backpacker’s soul and like eco-tourism, because in San Cipriano you will not find luxuries, only many natural beauty. The ride in the witches is by itself an adventure and in my opinion, what makes San Cipriano so special and remains still so virgin because not everyone is measured to travel in these peculiar carts.

San Cipriano river

The witches can have up to 2 or 3 wagons carrying many people with a single motorcycle

San Cipriano river

when 2 witches meet, the one that goes up has priority

San Cipriano river