The Port of Buenaventura is a relatively small city plagued by crime. However, there are beautiful beaches and the resort areas of Juanchaco and Ladrilleros to the north where visitors can enjoy the sun and surf and, perhaps, catch a glimpse of migrating humpback whales.
In August 2008, the US Department of State issued a warning to American travelers outlining the dangers of traveling to Colombia. Noting that the level of violence in the Port or Buenaventura is higher than other parts of the country, narco-terrorists continue to kidnap people and common crimes are frequent. US government employees in Colombia are allowed to travel by air only and are not permitted to use bus transportation or travel by road at night in rural areas. Travelers who must go to Colombia should check the State Department’s website for more recent updates.