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Santa Marta, Colombia


Enter the Heart of the World

Discover pre-Columbian beliefs, traditions and archaeological sites that still exist today on Colombia’s coastal Caribbean region. Students share in the remarkable culture of the native communities through unique cross-cultural workshops, expert-led seminars and exclusive visits to some of the region’s most intriguing jungle sites and ancient lost cities.


  • Where: La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Cartagena
  • Duration: 4 days +
  • Number of participants: Flexible
  • Date: Flexible (best time to visit Feb-March, Oct-Nov)
  • Cost: From $499 p/p*
  • Language: Spanish or English
  • Carbon emissions: 72kg of CO2e p/p – we offset 100% of these emissions plus your journey here! See below for more details.

Available Activities

  • Exclusive overnight stay in archaeological site: Ciudad Antigua
  • Social drum workshop
  • Walking tour around UNESCO-listed historical center of Cartagena
  • Bag weaving workshop with native community
  • Spiritual cleansing ritual
  • Organic cotton cultivation visit
  • Gold Museum visit
  • Canoe trip in mangroves
  • Cooking class
  • Visit to Tayrona National Park


Day 1: Arrivals & introduction to the program

Private airport transfer. Hotel check in. Welcome dinner, tour of  Santa Marta’s beautiful historical centre.

Day 2: Explore Ciudad Antigua

Travel to the region’s recently rediscovered archaeological sites – Ciudad Antigua. Expert-led tour around the ancient city that dates back to 700 CE. Dinner with the local family. Overnight stay in a reconstructed native house.

Day 3: Ciudad Antigua and organic cotton farming

Visit to a coffee farm and organic cotton plantation. After lunch, enjoy a refreshing swim in a jungle river. Travel along the coast to La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Arrive at the jungle-embedded eco lodge.

Day 4: Discover ancient native traditions

Bag weaving workshop with women of the Arhuaco community.  Visit an organic cacao farm that produces award-winning unique species and uses the very latest in agroforestry techniques. Dinner in the eco lodge.

Day 5: Tayrona Park visit & jungle walk

Trip to Tayrona National Park. Jungle walk along Pre-Columbian sone paths to Caribbean beaches. We make our way back to our eco-lodge for our final meal together.

​Day 6: Visit Cartagena & Caribbean music

Private transfer to Cartagena. Walking tour around the historical centre – a UNESO-listed heritage site. Live music show in the old town.

Day 7: Afro-Colombian social drum workshop

Trip la Boquilla for the Afro-Colombian drum workshop and dance class. Canoe trip in the mangroves. Final dinner together in Cartagena’s old town.

Day 8: Departures

Private bus transfer to Cartagena’s airport.

More Information

  • Free teacher place for every 10 students that sign up
  • All meals (we’ve chosen varied dishes to give a real taste of the Colombian Caribbean)
  • Accommodation (rooms are shared but privates are available on request and at an extra cost)
  • Private transport – buses and small jeeps depending on the size of the group
  • All scheduled excursions and activities
  • Local guides and translators
  • Safety documents – risk assessment, safety protocols, liability cover
  • Health Insurance
  • One Kagumu guide for every 8-10 students

We have worked out this trip generates an average of 72kg of CO2e per person. This includes all the carbon equivalent emissions (CO2e) from your trip including accommodation, food, transport, guides, and staff operations.

Extra potential CO2e emissions from your journey to and from Santa Marta.
New York – Bogotá – Santa Marta – 629.6kg (round trip)
London – Bogotá – Santa Marta – 930.8kg (round trip)
Miami – Cartagena – 252.6kg (round trip)

You can read more about how we measure our carbon emissions by reading our climate action policy here.

Flexible bookings

Book now, pay later. Due to changing circumstances we make it easy for you to reserve your educational trip without paying a deposit upfront!.