Journey to the Heart of the World
14- Day expedition in Northern Colombia
Expedition begins and ends in Santa Marta, Colombia
Embark on an expedition of a lifetime that begins in La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the tallest coastal mountain range in the world. Recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, this pyramidal volcanic massif rises to 18,700 feet (5700m) above sea level. It is home to every biome found in South America and is celebrated for its biodiversity. These mountains are also the birthplace of the ancient pre-hispanic culture of the Tayrona.
Today, the descendants of the Tayrona still live in La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. They call their mountainous home “El Corazon del Mundo” - the Heart of the World. They separate themselves into four tribes: the Arhuaco, the Kogi, the Kankuamo and the Wiwa. They call themselves the Elder Brothers, a people committed to maintaining the equilibrium of the Earth by their daily rituals, mental discipline, and meditations.
The trip price includes transportation to and from the Simon Bolivar Airport in Santa Marta, food/transportation while on the expedition, lodging, immersive Spanish and basic first-aid classes, direct contributions to the reforestation of the places we visit, and in-depth education/safety from Guardian Trip Leaders and Colombian guides.
We have two main components of this trip:
The Kogi & Quebrada Del Sol
- Sat, Jul 10Santa MartaJoin us on an unforgettable expedition through the Northern Coast of Colombia. Our mission is to create guardians of mother nature with a global consciousness that aims to help each other in emergency situations while appreciating the natural world and the cultural heritage of indigenous peoples.
We begin our journey in the bustling port city of Santa Marta. This town was the first Spanish colonial establishment founded in the year 1526 by conquistador Rodrigo de Bastidas. Santa Marta marks the beginning of the bloody conquest set upon the indigenous of the continent.
The Kogi & Quebrada Del Sol
In La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we stay with the Kogi to learn about the descendants of the Tayrona who consider themselves the guardians of mother nature. Within their land, we help to reforest the jungle and develop a sustainable system of tourism for future visitors.
July 10th - 23rd, 2021
Backpacking skill development while traveling through the jungle
Indigenous culture exchange with Kogi and Arhuaco Tribtes
Service projects in La Sierra Nevada - Reforestation of La Sierra Nevada
Spanish language immersion
Basic first aid classes
Cultural/human history of our course area
Learn to live with the Jungle
Stand on the top of South America
Travel Insurance is REQUIRED
Ages 18+ must have a valid passport