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How to get to Isla Múcura

But first we are going to locate geographically, Isla Múcura is located in northern Colombia, in the department of Bolivar, there is the Archipelago of San Bernardo, well north of the Gulf of Morrosquillo, since 1996 Isla Múcura is part of the natural national park Corales del Rosario and San Bernardo, one of the most visited nature reserves and considered by many people as paradise on earth.

This insular complex is composed of 10 paradisiacal islands of white sands: Santa Cruz del islote, Mangle, Boquerón, Ceycen, Cabruna, Maravilla, Panda, Palma, Tintipán and Isla Múcura.

Are you ready?

Very well, we share with you two alternatives that you are going to love. Let's go with the first one:

From Cartagena to Isla Múcura

Es posible acceder a la isla de diferentes partes pero la forma más fácil y tradicional es desde la ciudad de Cartagena.  Luego de asegurar tu cupo, dirígete al muelle de La Bodeguita desde donde parten nuestra lancha de RUTAS DEL MAR.

Remember to make your reservation in advance.

Puedes Reservar el transporte en lancha, con nosotros al Whatsapp+57 310 481 8039

Ida al Hotel Isla Múcura
$ 150.000 pesos colombianos
Saliendo: 9:00 a.m. Desde el Muelle de la Bodeguita” puerta “Puerta #4, entrada VIP hacía las Islas.” enfrente de la Ciudad Amurallada en Cartagena.
debes llegar al muelle a partir de las 8 a.m al muelle para pagar el impuesto de entrada al parque nacional (solo 1 vez, $26.500 COP, que puedes pagar en la entrada #1)

Retorno del Hotel Isla Múcura a Cartagena
$ 150.000 pesos colombianos
Saliendo: 11:00 am
Desde la recepción del Hotel Isla Múcura.

Información de Maletas
8 Kilos por Persona
Trae solo lo que puedas cargar en tus piernas.

If you do not make a reservation, we cannot guarantee a space on our boat (prior reservation required).

While you put on your life jacket and listen to the professional guide's instructions, get your camera ready because there are landscapes out to sea that you will want to remember for the rest of your life.

The tour in the boat lasts approximately 2 hours, but I assure you that you will want it to be more, this moment is yours, just imagine that moment, with a magnificent group, in a boat and around you all the Colombian Caribbean.

From Tolú to Múcura Island

If you are a traveler who likes to explore and know the B side of all the places you visit, this option is for you. Because in this alternative half of the way is by land, getting to know and traveling through Colombian routes.

Take the early bus from Cartagena to Tolú. This quiet little town is located about 160 kilometers to the south and you will get there in about 3 hours.

When you arrive at the terminal, let your traveling spirit emerge and hop on a bicycle cab that will take you through the streets of this charming little town to drop you off at the port from where your boat will depart.

Ida al Hotel Isla Múcura
$ 80.000 pesos colombianos
Saliendo: 12:00 del Medio dia. Desde nuestra Oficina de Rutas del Mar en la Calle 10 # 1-28, Barrio Calle Nueva, Tolú, Sucre. (Punto de referencia: “Muelle Público de Transporte a las Islas”). En este lugar encontrarás un colaborador del Hotel Isla Múcura, que te atenderá.

Retorno del Hotel Isla Múcura a Tolú.
$ 80.000 pesos colombianos
Saliendo: 10:00 am
Desde la recepción del Hotel Isla Múcura.

Información de Maletas
8 Kilos por Persona
Trae solo lo que puedas cargar en tus piernas

If you do not make a reservation, we cannot guarantee a space on our boat (prior reservation required).

Now get on the boat and enjoy the ride, you also have several options to choose from, some include a tour of the archipelago and lunch on board.

Recuerda que el horario del Check In es 01:00 p.m. y el horario de Check Out es a las 09:00 a.m.

Ticket costs

As we already told you, you will find different types of prices and services to get to the island of Múcura. The paradise is visited every day, from adventurous backpackers, tourists and even businessmen.

One of the options is to leave from the Bodeguita Pier in Cartagena and get on board a safe and modern boat, its price is 150,000 COP per leg. This means that you have to calculate around 300,000 COP to make sure you get there and back.

We recommend that you only take on the boat what you will need, after all, swimwear and a handbag is more than enough, anyway we tell you that the maximum weight allowed is 8 kilos per person, but if for some reason you need to carry more, you can contact them directly.

Normally the trip departs at 9 am but you must arrive 60 minutes earlier, even if you already have a reservation, because you have to pay a tax that corresponds to the entrance to the national park, its value is less than a dollar and is only paid once. To return to Cartagena you must be 11.30 am to check out and say goodbye to the island.

But... What if I don't have that money?

Don't worry! If you are on a tight budget we recommend the second option. This alternative is more economical, although it takes longer to get to your destination, but you will have a great time. Don't forget that you come to enjoy yourself. Follow the next steps:

  • From Cartagena take a bus to Tolú, this has a cost of 45.000 COP Approx. per leg and after about 3 hours of route you will arrive at the terminal.
  • From there you can take any transport that takes you to the pier, and once at the pier you can get boats that go to the island for around 80,000 COP Approx.
  • The trip by sea from here to the island is shorter, in one hour you will be in Múcura Island.

With this information you already have the estimated prices, now you can build your budget.

 

Where to stay in Isla Múcura

If you are looking for a quiet place, with a private beach, excellent location and to feel as you have always dreamed, we invite you to visit our Hotel Isla Múcura.

As soon as you enter our complex, you will feel how the murmur of the sea harmonizes all your sensations around you, while you assimilate and become aware that yes, it is true: you have arrived to paradise.

In a 100% natural environment you can enjoy all our facilities, whether you are with your family, as a couple or with friends. Here we will be waiting for you with a smile to give you the best.

At Hotel Isla Múcura you not only get a place to stay, it is a complete experience where the protagonist is you. That's why you will have an excellent attention from our professional staff. Your task here? Disconnect completely and just contemplate, laugh and be amazed by the natural wonders of the Colombian beaches.

 

Types of accommodations at Hotel Isla Múcura

 

Kiosks

In a log construction on a levada of the land, relax in a private environment, exclusive for two people.

If in the afternoon you feel like watching the sea, just go to the window or balcony and contemplate it.

Under the kiosk you will find tables, chairs and hammocks to chat, spread out or just look at the pictures you have taken during the day.

Bungalow

Live the experience of staying in a natural environment and choose a bungalow, this construction has the comfort that every traveler needs.

They are located inside our complex in the exclusive beachfront area, if you are traveling as a couple this option is for you.

Psst, a secret! If you want to surprise your partner, wake her up early and invite her to watch the sunrise together. A romantic act and an experience she will never forget.

Bedrooms

Do you like hostel life?

Take a look at this option, these bedrooms are designed for you to rest but also the idea is to share your experiences in a common environment, hundreds of travelers sit in the evenings and tell stories, legends and just look at their eyes to see the intensity in which they live.

It is the cool, comfortable and natural place you need to tell all your adventures to other travelers like you.

Come in for a closer look.

Cabins

If you come with your family or friends and want to stay in a private and quiet place, consider our cabins. You will find the comfort of an excellent natural construction but with air conditioning, private bathroom and a spacious living room.

When you leave the cabin you will have the entire palm park with tables and chairs to continue enjoying.

 

How to get to Hotel Isla Múcura

Whether you are coming from La Bodeguita dock in Cartagena or from Tolú, when you arrive at the island you must tell the boat personnel that you will be staying at the Isla Múcura Hotel and they will kindly tell you its location.

Just in case, always carry your reservation voucher with you, so that you can enter the entire complex directly and without delays.

 

Plans, activities and tours to do in Isla Múcura

In Isla Múcura you will be able to do different activities every day, you will have time to admire and contemplate all the paradisiacal surroundings, white sands bathed by warm and calm waters of the Caribbean Sea, but we also want you to live it up close.

The wonderful thing about this place is the friendly conscience with the environment, most of the nautical sports that we are going to mention below are human powered, that is, only in some cases motors are used, because the objective is to minimize the ecological damage to the coral reef that surrounds this dream site.

We tell you which are the most exciting activities you can enjoy in Isla Múcura:

Kayak

The calm waters of the island provide the perfect conditions for kayaking. You will find service providers that will guide you to practice this sport for advanced and beginners, even if you have never had a paddle in your hands!

If you have not practiced it yet and have no idea what Kayaking is, we tell you that it is a sport based on getting into a kind of narrow canoe, sitting down and, with a single paddle that has two paddles on the sides, making circular movements in the water, you can move forward, turn and do all the necessary maneuvers to move.

Snorkel

Snorkeling requires no previous knowledge and can be done by anyone of any age. But we also recommend that you pay attention to the introductory safety talk, where you will be taught the basic movements to be able to appreciate the underwater world.

Put on your fins, mask and snorkel to begin this adventure, you will swim flush with the water in a low area and observe the seabed from the very surface, while breathing calmly through the snorkel.

You will have the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural environment of crystal clear waters without the need to carry equipment and the necessary training for diving.

Diving

If you are an intrepid traveler and want to go further, we recommend this activity. Locate the nearest dive center and join their daily mini-courses where certified people teach you how to dive in a very safe, easy and fun way.

Then move away from the coast with your group and your instructor, and dive into the crystal clear waters of the Colombian Caribbean, you can fully enjoy the wonderful view offered by the ocean floor of the national coral park.

This national park has more than 50 different species of coral, soft coral and hard coral. There are also about 210 species of fish. The visibility is excellent since you will be able to see up to 40 meters away.

The most beautiful places to dive and observe the marine fauna and flora are El Canal, El Bajo De Las Barracudas, El Manglar, Pargo and La Pared, all these sites are 25 minutes by boat from Isla Múcura.

Windsurf

One of the sports practiced by the most intrepid tourists is windsurfing.

Do you dare to do it? 

After a short training talk given by trained instructors, you become familiar with the board, the sails and the postures you must have to stay afloat.

Take advantage of the early morning hours when the waters are calmer and enjoy the gentle wind in the middle of the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, yes, all that riding your windsurf board!

If you have never practiced it, don't miss the opportunity, for beginners they have a special board, big size and a small sail, that will make you stay firm on your board.

Some travelers dare a little more and, guided by expert instructors, set out to explore the surrounding islands, taking advantage of the afternoon wind, when it blows stronger.

Just relax

If you just want to relax in the water and connect with nature in the middle of silence, you can do it with total tranquility. The coral reefs form a natural barrier against the waves and this turns its crystalline waters into a natural pool, ideal to enjoy a refreshing moment of relaxation.

When the sunset arrives, we recommend you to sit on a sun lounger and read comfortably on the beach, accompanying the moment with the taste of a fruit juice. Or contemplate the red Caribbean sky and let your imagination fly, you will see families or friends walking carefree on the seashore.

The beach is extremely calm and quiet. This is your moment. And it is for you to take advantage of it as you wish. You will see that everyone enjoys it in their own way, some sunbathe and cool off with a coconut cocktail, others enjoy the warm water until the sun goes down. Kids can build white sand castles, ride bikes or play tennis.

Star bath tour

Live the fascinating adventure of seeing the luminous plankton. While during the day you enjoy everything you can see with the sun's rays, when night comes the surprises continue.

In this tour we will take you through the canals of the neighboring island Tintipán, you will discover an almost unique phenomenon that leaves everyone who takes this tour open-mouthed:

In the darkness of the Caribbean night, the sea lights up with unimaginable shapes and colors that seem to be from another galaxy. This is due to the accumulation of the so-called luminous plankton, a group of aquatic plants that, in the absence of the sun's rays, begin to cause flashes of blue light that light up with the movement of the water.

If you dare, you can dive into this sea that looks like a fireworks show, but underwater.

Visit the most populated island in the world

Very close to Isla Múcura is Santa Cruz del Islote, the most densely populated island in the world (Real: it is written in the Guinness Book of Records).

Some travelers when they hear this fact are left thinking and comparing it with Manhattan, since this New York island has about 2 million inhabitants, but per square meter, this is the most densely populated.

Take a panoramic tour and after seeing the houses built on the artificial reefs that seem to float magically on the sea, disembark on this colorful island. It is very likely that when you arrive you will be surprised by the warmth and friendliness of its inhabitants. A community of more than 1200 people who knew how to take advantage of the little space to build picturesque houses separated by paths built with their own hands.

The main economic income of the villagers depends on fishing and tourism. They are so organized and charitable that they have built a pool of money to help each other. One of the most amazing activities you will see in this island is a kind of aquarium where you can swim among sharks, but don't worry, they don't do anything, you will come out of the water fascinated by this experience! 

Conducts ecological hikes

Tighten your shoelaces because in this adventure you will not dive in turquoise blue waters, this time you will explore the island in a special way: on foot and in a 100% natural environment.

Bring your water bottle, sunglasses and let your explorer spirit come out, a professional guide will help you learn about and identify the species of animals that inhabit the island, as well as the typical plants of this place.

At some point during the walk and when you least expect it, you will find yourself in El Manglar, centennial trees, with immense roots that entangle giving rise to a very particular biome. All this together with hundreds of species of birds that inhabit it is part of the natural heritage.

Get to know the island on two wheels (Coming soon).

If you want to exercise your legs a little bit you can take this tour on wheels with us soon. Rent a bike and get on it with joy because you will get to know the island in a fast but intense ride.

Follow the guide who will take you through little explored trails where you will learn about some of the flora and fauna of Isla Múcura. During the tour you will get to know the small town called Puerto Caracol, which is home to almost 90% of the island's employees. It is the tourists' beach and as it is public you will find hundreds of tourists bathing and enjoying spectacular views.

Sail in the archipelago and get to know neighboring islands

There is an option to get to know the whole archipelago, and that is to get on a boat and go on an adventure. It is an excellent opportunity to discover how people live on the islands around Isla Múcura and find differences and similarities.

Many people after the tour draw their personal conclusions, some like another island of the archipelago and other travelers promise to return to Isla Múcura assuring that there is nothing like it.

Among these islands is one called Tintipán, it is the largest of the whole complex and has hotels and a commercial center just like Múcura. You can get close and see how these friendly islanders, who are usually vendors, artisans or caretakers of private properties, live.

Wakeboard

If you haven't had any alcoholic beverages it will be much easier! Balance is the most important thing here. This fun sport is the famous water skiing, it consists of getting on a board and standing still for as long as possible. A boat with a silent motor pulls you gently while you hold on to a rope called a palonier.

If you have the opportunity to practice it, do not hesitate for a second, besides being a lot of fun, it is very safe.

Stand Up Paddle Board in Múcura

And we continue to keep the balance, glide on a board but this time it's about using your whole body, working arms, abs and glutes. Concentrate on not falling in the water, you can do it! 

Come to the famous Casa En El Agua Hostel

It is a hotel for travelers that is on the water, as you can imagine it has no beaches, it is only the construction and the place where it is built that makes many curious people come to know it. You will see many people having fun and jumping into the water without fear, this hotel does not allow entry to children under 18 years of age and is more crowded by young people from around the world. If you are traveling with your family, consider another alternative to have a great time and enjoy it all together!

Take a relaxing massage

After taking excursions, walks or hikes we suggest you take an extra relaxing massage.

Lie face down on a comfortable stretcher and let specialist hands run over your body to decontract you completely.

While this is happening, enjoy the silence, only the murmur of the small waves of the sea and the cheerful whistling of the birds of the island.

Gastronomy of Isla Múcura

It is always a good time to try new flavors, so we recommend that you do not miss the Caribbean gastronomy. Throughout the length and breadth of the island you will find restaurants and eating houses where you will be invited to taste irresistible delicacies for any palate.

As you can imagine, being surrounded by sea and nature, the gastronomy is strongly linked to the product of the waters. That is why you will find tables full of fish and tropical fruits.

The most common fish in this area are cojinua, barracuda, sierra and chinook. Just one well-cooked piece of these fish will delight your palate.

One of the dishes served is: lobster, if you want to know if this species belongs to this island area you will know it very easily, they measure at least 23 centimeters long from the tail to the antennae.

Here are some of the dishes that you can taste in this Caribbean corner:

  • Colombian shrimp ceviche: This is a dish based on shrimp, tomato sauce, lemons and soda crackers.
  • Sancocho de pescado: A delicious stew cooked with meat, chicken or fresh fish.
  • Rice with coconut, rice with beans, rice with chicken, meat.
  • Fresh lobsters and seafood.
  • Arepa de huevo: This is a kind of fried corn dough with a fried egg inside.
  • Empanadas.
  • Buñuelo de frijoles: It is a salty corn fritter usually fried and inside it has black beans.
  • Fried plantains: These are plantains served with coconut rice or red snapper.
  • La Carimañola: Yucca cooked in oil stuffed with fish or meat and cheese.
  • Butifarras colombianas: Smoked meatballs are usually accompanied with a yucca bun.
  • Motesde queso: Yam and melted cheese served with grilled eggplant.
  • Lobsters, shrimps, trout, crabs are part of the delicious dishes you can find in Isla Múcura.
  • Rondón: An exquisite fish fillet mixed with yucca, pork tail, yam, cooked plantain and flour tortillas. All this cooked in coconut milk with pepper.

Accompany these meals with fried or baked breadfruit. It is eaten when it has not yet matured to enjoy its intense flavor.

After tasting these delicacies when the sun sets and the afternoon arrives you will see the friendly islanders exhibiting and selling sweets of the region such as coconut balls, cocadas and sweet fruit juices, you can accompany it with the cakes of ahuyama and corn.

These are some of the drinks you can enjoy in Isla Múcura:

  • Piña Colada: The perfect blend of coconut cream, pineapple juice, rum, and a little ice!
  • Daiquiri: the perfect mix with sliced strawberries, lime juice, ice, rum and sugar.
  • Coco Loco: cream, lemon, ice, and...vodka, rum and tequila BOOM!
  • Mojito: here the difference of flavor, mint, lime, ice, sugar and white rum.
  • Caipirinha: You are not in Brazil, but this drink is already worldwide, cachaça, lime, white sugar, and lemon slices.
  • Martini Expresso: iced espresso coffee, vanilla syrup, coffee liqueur and vodka.
  • Tequila Sunrise: A mix of tequila, ice, orange juice and grenadine. On the rim of your glass you will find the typical decoration of a slice of orange and a cherry.
  • Gin Tonic: Gin, tonic water and lemon juice.

O bien puedes compartir otros cócteles con tu pareja o amigo como Tónica Vodka, Soda Vodka, Aguardiente, Tequila, Vino, o Botellas Rum.
Pero… ¿Y si no tomo alcohol?

Say no more! You can opt for these options:

  • Coconut Lemonade: enjoy this natural drink that combines coconut milk, lemon, sugar, water and crushed ice.
  • Cherry Lemonade: Cherries, lemon, sugar, water and ice.
  • Natural juices: delicious smoothies or juices made with fruits from the island.
  • Fruit salads: Apple, banana, coconut, and other knife-cut fruits are blended into a fruity juice to refresh you.

While drinking these delicious beverages you can accompany them with snacks, peanuts, potatoes or chocolates.

What to buy in Isla Múcura

Si quieres comprar algo 100% natural que haya sido trabajado por manos de isleños nativos y construidos con materiales de Múcura tendrás muchas alternativas.
Muchos de estos vendedores están registrados en planes para conservar el ecosistema, por lo que puedes confiar en ellos ya que cumplen al pie de la letra con todas las normativas de preservación.

Take with you some beautiful products such as paintings, handicrafts made with leaves and trunks, without a doubt you will be doing two very positive actions, taking an unforgettable souvenir and helping the local economy.

Remember that if for some reason the prices seem too high, do not try to bargain, they know the work that has taken them to make some crafts and the time of trials to obtain the final product.

You can also find light clothing to wear both day and night, usually with beautiful colorful designs that have to do with the sea, corals and the beach.

Island Climate

As we have told you, in this paradisiacal island you don't need to bring much luggage, with your bathing suit, sunglasses and suntan lotion you will be fine, but we want to tell you more in detail about the weather.

In Múcura you will enjoy most of the year a pleasant tropical climate, temperatures hover around 30° C, you may think "oh how hot! but in reality the breeze that comes from the sea constantly makes the weather very pleasant.

Aquí nos visitan miles de turistas durante todo el año pero la temporada alta son los meses de diciembre, enero, junio, julio y en semana santa.
Un detalle a mencionar es que durante los meses de junio y julio se presenta una época un poco seca y de nulas precipitaciones por un fenómeno conocido como “Veranillo de San Juan”.

Keep in mind that it only rains two months a year: in August and November. The rest of the year you will find a Caribbean climate with high humidity and if you have already scheduled a visit for those months, do not worry even in those times the sun appears at some time of the day.

Tips for visitors

Before finishing this super post about Isla Múcura, we are going to leave you some tips and recommendations for you to keep in mind during your visit.

Check list:

  1. If you are a traveler who wants to get your money's worth in underwater experiences and sports, then reduce your daily budget by carrying extra food and some water in your bag.
  2. Trae ropa algo abrigada, si bien durante el día hace calor y generalmente es un clima húmedo, por las noches necesitarás de una prenda para cubrirte del frio.
    Para los que quieran realizar snorkeling y tienen su equipo deportivo personal, pueden traerlo. Y si no tienes, no te preocupes, los prestadores de servicios tienen uno para ti y puedes alquilarlo.
  3. When you are underwater, whether diving or snorkeling, pay attention to the indications of the professional instructors, there is a delicate flora underwater and we don't want them to be stepped on and deteriorate the reefs.
  4. Prepare your GoPro and if you don't have it, borrow one, it's a must to capture underwater moments with a sports camera. Come and make this adventure a lifetime memory.
  5. If you want to live experiences on the beach, day and night, we recommend that you bring plenty of money with you, as there are no ATMs on the island, Colombian pesos and US dollars are accepted.
  6. Recuerda tener en el bolso, tu pasaporte, documentación, protector solar y algunos medicamentos básicos por lo que pueda llegar a pasar.
    Cuida el medio ambiente, no arrojes basura o bolsas al mar. Lleva tus propias bolsas de plástico en los bolsillos y todo lo que deseches transpórtalo contigo hasta encontrar el cesto de basura más cercano.
  7. The nature in Isla Múcura is in balance with a great ecosystem that includes coral reefs, mangroves, sandy shores, coastal lagoons and tropical dry forest. Again, take care of the environment.
  8. Under these crystal clear waters you will see sea turtles, the Colombian government focuses on the protection of these animals, so if an instructor tells you that you can not touch them for any reason, you just follow the order.
  9. When you are about to leave the island, some companies make the return trip to Cartagena or Tolu in the afternoon. If you have vertigo, we do not recommend this option, since in the afternoon the tide rises the most and the trip will be safe, but somewhat abrupt. If you want to return to the mainland without any problems, take the return service in the morning.

 

Map of Isla Múcura

A continuación te dejamos un mapa en donde te mostramos toda Isla Múcura marcándote los principales atractivos que puedes conocer.
Puedes guardarlo en tu computadora o en tu teléfono, la isla no es muy grande pero si lo deseas a partir de ahora será tu brújula para orientarte 😉

If you have any questions, write us on Whatsapp or call us, before you start your trip, we want you to have things clear, as clear and transparent as the water that surrounds our beloved Isla Múcura.

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