TRAVELS WITH CONSCIOUSNESS
1 - 14 May 2018
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Colombia invites you to awaken. To connect with your heart. Colombia is a place for adventurers, for curious, for passionate of the jungle and the sea. Among its endless white sand beaches, it hosts the Sacred Mountain of Tayrona Park, in the Sierra Nevada, where according to the Tayrona tradition, the Heart of the Earth is hidden, surrounded by beauty.
Between walks through green jungle, waterfalls and friendly people we will meet those who after thousands of years continue to protect the sacred territory, we will know their ceremonies, their worldview, their culture and their ancestral wisdom. We will meet the Mamo (the Spiritual Chiefs of the Arhuaco, Kogi and Wiwas communities) who will teach and tell us their story.
The descendants of the Tayrona keep a pure and high heart like their mountain range and sheltered like their city. They call it personal ecology: to take care of ourselves, our territory, what we are. So, now that we know more about their heart, we can travel to see if it is also the Earth's.
Day 1 - SANTA MARTA, ARRIVAL - WELCOME DINNER
We arrive at the Santa Marta airport where a driver will pick us up and take us to the hotel where Flor Torres, Nativo's team leader, will welcome us. The accommodation is located near the Tayrona National Park. The Hotel is a beautiful ecological farm located in a dream place. Here you will receive us with a welcome drink and then stroll through the ecotourism gardens, where we can relax until the welcome dinner.
Hotel night & dinner.
Day 2 - SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA - MAIN GATE TO THE HEART AND SOUL OF COLOMBIA - TUBING DON DIEGO RIVER
After breakfast at the Hotel with exquisit variety of fresh and tropical fruits, we will begin our 4 hours excursion doing a trekking through nature (low difficulty) and arriving to Rio Don Diego where we will board and individual raft that will slide us down untill the mouth of the river ending the trip at a virgin beach where we will enjoy the rest of the day.
We will finish the activity at midday.
Hotel & breakfast.
Day 3 - SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA - TAYRONA PARK - THE SPIRIT OF OUR ELDER BROTHERS
We are going to Tayrona National Park, the highest coastal mountain in the world, its slopes sink into the sea like the fingers of a gigantic hand in which bays and coves of singular beauty are formed. We will make a walk of 4 to 6 hours of approach to the culture and the spirit of the Tayrona people, our "big brothers" as they call themselves, they have the task of maintaining the balance of the Universe.
We will walk through the archeology of their village, surrounded by natural pools, jungle and exotic beaches where we will practice snorkeling and enjoy the sensation of being immersed in virgin lands.
Hotel, breakfast & National Park entrance.
Day 4 - SIERRA NEVADA OF SANTA MARTA - WEAVING TIES - VISIT TO THE ARHUACO COMMUNITY
During this day we will learn the magic tradition of making Arhuaco backpacks. The fabric is for the community a way to interweave the understanding of the family and the community through its geometry and its meaning. The visit starts with a 20 min walk from the lodging to the community Arhuaca passing through natural pools and giant trees until arriving at the Community where we will introduce ourselves to the women of the tribe and we will offer our gifts to their people. The inhabitants of this community will teach us their sowings and crops as well as to make our own backpack and weave, being able to do a photo session, with previous consent and where we can buy souvenirs and backpacks directly from the community.
Hotel, breakfast, snacks & local guide.
Day 5 - GOTSEZHY - COMMUNITY WIWA - ANCESTRAL SPACE & NATURAL ORDER
In the morning we will transfer to Guachaca by taking a 40 km journey by minibus, to arrive after a 3-hour hike, to Gotsezhy home of the Wiwa community
The Wiwa is one of the 4 tribes comformed by the Tayrona Village, for them Natural Law is simple: take from Mother Earth only what is needed. We will arrive at lunch time where we will eat, in the afternoon we will enjoy a bath in the natural waterfalls that are in the surroundings of the community, then we will rest so that when the night comes, we will enjoy the Wiwas mythical talks and ancestral knowledge around a warm fire.
Night in the community (lodging in hammocks) - Breakfast, lunch, dinner, local guide.
Day 6 - GOTSEZHY - COMMUNITY WIWA - ANCESTRAL SPACE & NATURAL ORDER
In the morning we will have an early breakfast, then we will have a meeting with a spiritual leader (Mamo) of the community. For those who are interested, at the end we will have the possibility to make personal inquiries. Then we will have lunch and we will undertake the return trek (3hrs) to Guachaca.
Hotel, breakfast, lunch & transfer.
Day 7 - SIERRA NEVADA - REST
After so many days of traveling and learning, we will take a well deserved rest to settle all the knowledge and information given by these ancestral cultures. We can enjoy the wonderful and exotic beach near the accommodation, relax, do yoga or delight us with a nice massage.
Hotel & breakfast.
Day 8 - SIERRA NEVADA COMMUNITY KOGI - MEET WITH MAMO AGUSTIN
Already recovered from the previous days, we will start the day with a beautiful walk through nature along the Mamaisi River, one of the most beautiful in the Sierra. Our activity this time brings us closer to the house of Mamo Agustín with whom we can make payments to Mother Earth and receive knowledge of medicinal plants.
Hotel, breakfast & lunch.
Day 9 - SIERRA NEVADA - CULTURAL TREKKING - SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Today we will do an educational and cultural trekking to learn more about the sites we visit and their customs. We will learn about the knowledge of environmental conservation and natural wealth with which this paradisiac place counts, through the millenarian communities that consider this mountain the center of the universe
Conscious tourism seeks to engage and collaborate for sustainable development by avoiding massification and desertification of resources. Duration 8 hours. Typical lunch.
Hotel, breakfast & lunch
Day 10 - Day 11- Day 12 - PALOMINO - REST & ENJOY - BEACH & NATURE
This day we will move to Palomino, small town of exotic beaches where tranquility reigns, ideal for rest. In Palomino, indigenous, racial-local and foreign communities converge in a fishing village with little streets of land recently open to tourism.
The following days are to enjoy the local gastronomy, water sports, adventure, rest and sunbathing along this wonderful beach.
Hotel & breakfast.
Day 13 - FREE DAY IN SANTA MARTA
In the morning we will be drived by minibus from Palomino to the City of Santa Marta, where we will enjoy the day off, shopping, touring the city, enjoying its gastronomy and nightlife. Day off to know the city.
Hotel & breakfast.
DAY 14 - CHECK OUT - RETURN HOME
Transfer from the airport to the eco-hotel
10 nights in eco-hotel Sierra Nevada
3 nights in Palomino
1 night in Santa Marta
1 tour tubing Don Diego river
1 tour Tayrona park - national park entry- transfer - lunch included
1 tour Arhuacas backpack elaboration
1 tour Mamo Agustin house - lunch - snacks
Tour cultural trekking - lunch
Tour Wiwa community incl. 1 night in typical lounge, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch
Team leader to assist the group
Transfer to Palomino
Local Guides in tour
Interchange of meals and useful things with locals community
Transfer from Palomino to Santa Marta.
Lunches and dinners not mentioned
Transfers not mentioned
Local Guides tips