The Colombian Pacific Coast.
The Colombian Pacific coast is not densely populated. It is estimated that around 1 million people live here (90% of the polulation is Afro-Colombian). Forefathers of the Afro-Colombian were brought tot the pacific region to work enslaved in mines or on plantations in the time that it was conquered from the native indian population until the 19th century. Before slaved that liberated themselves (Cimarrons) also populated this area, in Palenque settlements in the valleys along the Magdalena Cauca and Patía rivers many settlements were founded the so called Palenques where Cimarrons defended their African heritage , freedom and dignity
The Colombian pacific coast is considered to have one of the most diverse ecologies of our planet that includes amongst others extensive black beaches, mangroves and the rainforest of Choco bordering Panama.
On the beaches of the coastal town of Nuquí every year you can observe the whales that swim (between June and November) to the warm and sheltered waters of the Gulf of Tribugá to give birth to their calves.
Until recently the Colombian Pacific Coast has been the scenery of the Colombian armed conflict but with the process of peace more and more tourist visit the marvels of this region.
The African heritage is very strong on the Colombian Pacific coast where in the palenques Afro Colombians to great extend managed to preserve the culture and beliefs their forefathers brought over chained in the hold of boats to the new world. With strong oral language culture, beliefs and traditions were brought over from generation to generation to form the Afro Colombian culture of the Colombian pacific coast.