Students explore the how globalisation and travel affects Colombia's wide array of indigenous cultures and what it means for the progression of civilisation. They'll also feel a deep connection to a natural reserve that has been declared the most irreplaceable on earth and discover ways they can help preserve such extraordinary regions.
Where: La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena
Duration: 2-6 days
Number of participants: 6-30
Cost: From $199 p/p (price doesn't include international flights)
Language: Spanish or English
UN SDGs covered:
Led by our partners from the Wiwa and Arhuaco communities, students learn a way of life dating back to the 7th century. They will engage in cross-cultural learning experiences and take part in unique weaving classes with the women of the Arhuaco community. Then they cross rivers, sleep in jungle camps and learn about the traditions of the Wiwa community on a 4-day trek to the spellbinding and mystical Lost City
After being picked up from the airport, students meet our partners in the Arhuaco community, taking part in a weaving workshop and spiritual introduction to La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Day 2 - hiking day 1
Our local partners pick up the group from Santa Marta and transport them to the beginning of the 4-day trek.
Hiking time: 6 hours
Day 3 - hiking day 2
Hike closer to the mystical ancient city, learning the traditions of the native Kogi and Wiwa communities.
Hiking time: 10 hours.
Day 4 - hiking day 3
Reach Ciudad Perdida, a site shrouded with mist, glory & magic. Bask in your trekking achievement above the clouds on one of the top platforms.
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Day 5 - hiking day 4
Enjoy the last day of hiking before enjoying some free time on the pristine Caribbean beach.
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Before taking students to the airport for their departures, our expert guides lead a reflection session with the students.
What we offer
Free teacher places (contact us to find out more)
All meals (we've chosen varied dishes to give a real taste of the Colombian Caribbean)
Accommodation in Santa Marta and on the trek (rooms are shared but privates are available on request and at an extra cost)
All scheduled excursions and activities
Local guides and translators
One Kagumu guide for every 8 students
Two years ago, I met Lucelly Torres, founder of Wirakoku and member of the Arhuaca community, and we agreed to set about creating an experience in Santa Marta that enthralled travelers, explored an ancient way of living and, most importantly, benefitted the local indigenous communities. The aim was to give them a direct say in what type of tourism they would like to be involved in, if indeed they wanted to be part of it. After countless meetings, proposals and visits we created Santa Marta: explore the heart of the world, a trip designed around the notion of sharing ideas and beliefs from a modern civilization to one that dates back to the 7th century. Lucelly personally takes guests back in time and shows how our project aims to empower 60 Arhuaca women to build their own bag weaving businesses, help support families producing cacao and give children an appreciation for a way of life that is slowly disappearing.