This island was discovered in 1524 by Diego de Almagro who named it « San Felipe » but it was in 1527 with the arrival of Francisco Pizarro that its name was changed to what we know today "GORGONA" in honor of the goddesses of the Greek terror "Gorgonas" (Medusa , Sthenus and Euryale) in whose heads hung snakes instead of hair. Because in Gorgona there is a great proliferation of these snakes. This site hides archaeological vestiges dating back to 1,300 BC belonging to one of the oldest phases of the Tumaco culture.
Later the Island was given by Simón Bolívar to the Sergeant Federico D'Croz for participating in the war of the independence, and he sold, soon, the southern portion of the Island to Mr. Ramón Payán. Then in 1958 the government bought the Island for $ 200,000 to the families Payán and D'Croz to build the facilities of a prison with capacity for 1080 prisoners and 150 guardians, which was closed due to the high ecological impacts that this one produced to the area.
In 1975 Gorgona is included among the areas protected by INDERENA, made to protect productive spaces of environmental goods and services and to conserve some of the richest biodiversity ecosystems such as tropical humid forest and coral reefs. In 1984 it was declared a National Natural Park and it became operational on August 7, 1985.
NOTE: THE PRESENCE OF HUMPACK WHALES IN THE PARK IS REGULARLY OBSERVED FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH OF JUNE AND UNTIL THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.
We should be at the port of Buenaventura at 7 p.m. We suggest to travel maximum by 3 p.m., because due to some work that is getting done on the road it is possible to have some time delays in the terrestrial transportation.
Few clothes, comfortable and light clothes, pants, bathing suits, hat or cap, sunglasses, but also coat for the night hours and waterproof jacket in case of rain, sandals, booties, Boots or beach shoes (that can get wet) to use when getting of the boat.
Camera or video camera, binoculars, personal hygiene items. (Avoid aerosols), sunscreen. Flashlight, batteries.
Preferably wrap them in dry or plastic bags, to avoid moisture from rain.
One suitcase for clothes and another for the diving equipment.
If you DO NOT consume red Meat, Chicken, Fish or Seafood, let us know in advance of the trip.
If you have allergies, contraindications or you use special medications, let us know in advance of the trip, in case of emergency...
Any person over the age of 45 who is going to travel (especially to the divers) we suggest to present a medical certificate beforehand; Otherwise you must sign a statement saying you are in optimal health conditions.
All persons must send us a copy of their identity document, medical insurance and Diving certificate, except those who will certify their first level of diving.
TAKE YOUR SPECIAL CANDIES.
Sport fishing is NOT allowed in National Park areas.
Avoid carrying harmful elements against biodiversity such as aerosols, firearms and also against you, as alcoholic beverages and narcotics, which are absolutely prohibited in reserve areas.
To hike within the National Park area, it is essential that you do it on the authorized trails and accompanied by an Environmental Interpreter Guide.
For your comfort it is recommended to take: one lightweight backpack to load hydration, like water, and light foods, Blue Jeans, long sleeve shirt or sun cream and hat, rubber boots, although in some parks you can rent them (check availability before traveling).
Voyagez avec nous dans la « Seawolf » et découvrir les merveilles de nos paysages, la gastronomie, l'attention, la flore et la faune terrestres et en particulier de la vie marine.
! Vous serez étonné!