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Nine Days – Santa Marta, Minca, Wimake, Tayrona, Cartagena – Live in an Indigenous village.   arrow

Next Tour: Wednesday April 09th to Thursday April 17th 2014.
Cost: USD 1200

Santa Marta bay, Colombia.

Day 1

Arrival at Aluna guesthouse in the historic center of Santa Marta. A group meeting followed by an evening meal in a local restaurant. Overnight in Aluna.

Day 2

After breakfast we take a guided walking tour around the historic center of Santa Marta.
A coffee break in Park Bolivar and we head to the Quinta San Pedro Alejandrino where the great hero, visionary, revolutionary, and liberator, Simón Bolívar spent his last days. We’ll take time to explore the beautiful gardens (with its many iguanas), museum and art gallery. From here we go to the tropical sandy beaches of Bahia Concha. Evening meal in a local seafood restaurant. Overnight in Aluna.
Santa Marta, Colombia.

Simon Bolivar bed, Colombia.

Bahia Concha, Colombia.

Pozo Azul, Minca,Colombia.

Day 3
We travel early up to Minca, in the heart of the coastal coffee region. Minca is a small town (2000ft altitude) nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. After a tour of a coffee farm its a refreshing bathe in Pozo Azul. The afternoon is free with optional yoga/meditation and some local birdwatching. Overnight in Hotel Minca.

 

Tucan at Hotel Minca, Colombia.

Minca, Colombia.

Minca, Colombia.

Day 4
An early morning jeep ride up through the coffee farms with breathtaking views back to Santa Marta. and the sea. From La Tagua (6000ft) we start our hike to the Wi-Wa village of Wimake.

Its a four hour downhill hike through tropical rain and cloud forest finishing with a refreshing dip in the river that flows by the village. Evening activities with the community. Basic accommodation in hammocks in the village schoolhouse.

Trek to Wimake, Colombia.

Trek to Wimake, Colombia.

Hammocks.

Day 5

After breakfast we join the community with their daily chores. The men join the wi-wa men in the fields,planting and weeding. The women learn how to weave the traditional bags and harvest the crops. In the afternoon there is the opportunity for meeting with the mamo, the spiritual leader of the community.

Wimake, Colombia.

Wimake, Colombia.

Wimake children

Day 6

Wi-wa mother and baby 01

We say our goodbyes to the Wi-Wa village and its people and journey from the mountains to the beaches of the Tayrona National Park. The beaches here have to be seen to be believed, making it onto the British Guardian newspapers list of top ten beaches of the world.A five hour hike back to La Tagua and a jeep ride back to Minca and lunch. After lunch we continue to Tayrona, arriving mid afternoon. An hours hike through the forest brings us to Arrifices where we put up our feet and relax. Our accommodation in cabins beside the beach.

Day 7

A day to chill out on the beach with the option of a 3 hour round trip hike to Pueblito, a Pre-Colombian archaeological site. Lunch and evening meals are not included but are available in restaurants close to the cabins.

Danielo by the Sea 01

tayrona beach,Santa Marta, Colombia.

pueblito-tayrona, Colombia.



Day 8
A hike back through the forest and on to Cartagena with a lunch break in Barranquilla.
Before arriving in Cartagena we stop in Volcan de Totumo for a mud bath in the volcano. After a good scrub down we get back on the bus to Cartagena. That night a horse and carriage tour of the old city is recommended and we have our last supper together. Overnight in Cartagena.

Volcan de Totumo-mud baths, Colombia.

Cartagena FortWalls-01

Cartagena, Colombia.

Day 9
After breakfast it time to say our goodbyes.