Day 1: Arrival in Medellin, Colombia. Arrival at the International Airport, Meet and Greet and individual transfers to your accommodation in Medellín. Our hotel is located in the popular Poblado district that offers plenty of charming coffee-shops, bars and restaurants. Tonight we will have the first group dinner at one of the most famous restaurants of Medellín – El Carmen, at walking distance of our hotel.
Day 2: Medellín to the Pacific Coast. We start the day breakfast and then with a transfer to the city airport for a flight in small Chesna Aeroplane from the domestic airport Enrique Olaya Herrera (EOH). After a short flight (40 min.) admiring the endless green tropical forests of the Pacific lowlands of Colombia we arrive in Nuquí, where our guide from the Community Tourism Alliance will meet us and bring us by boat to our accommodation. The Eco-lodge is located at Guachalito beach, half an hour down the coast from Nuquí. On the way, we will enjoy the incredible landscapes where the mountains descent to the sea. After a fresh lunch, we will enjoy a free afternoon on the beaches of Guachalito, where you can snorkel, swim or just relax in a hammock in front of your Eco-hotel.
Day 3: Community visits: Jungle River and mangroves. Early morning Yoga this morning. After breakfast, we will go by boat to the Joví community. From there, a local guide will provide information about the place and the community tourism organisation of the locals, before boarding a chingo, an artisanal canoe. Travel by chingo up the Joví River, a shallow, slow moving river where we can see birds and other animals. After an hour, we will arrive at a waterfall in the rainforest, where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear water in the middle of the jungle. Return by chingo to Joví. Afterwards we travel by boat to the neighbouring community of Coquí, where we will enjoy a traditional lunch of the Pacific Coast prepared by some of the best cooks in the Choco region. Coquí is located on a small island surrounded by mangrove forest. Accompanied by a guide from the village ecotourism association we explore the nearby mangrove forests which is considered to be one of the best-preserved mangroves in Colombia. Here, we can spot rare birds and tropical plants. After the tour, return by boat to our Eco-hotel at Guachalito beach.
Day 4: Utría National Park and volunteering at Turtle Project. Early morning Yoga this morning before breakfast. This morning we travel by boat to the unique National Park Utría. The protected area is among the most beautiful natural sceneries of the country. Due to its unique beauty it is already a natural landmark of Colombia. This is where the humpback whales come to raise their newborns. The tropical forest reaches the remote sandy beaches protected by small islands. After a guided tour to the visitor´s centre, a wooden path will take us around the mangroves where you can learn more about this important Eco-system. After a delicious lunch at the remote island Playa Blanca you will actively participate in a wildlife conservation project run by a local family. The precious sandy beach San Pichí is one of the most important beaches for endangered sea turtles. Here we will support the family preparing the beach for the turtles to come and make it easier for the vulnerable animals to get on the beach burying their eggs. Afterwards we head back to our Eco-lodge.
Day 5: Community visit: Jungle, frogs & hot springs. Early morning Yoga this morning before breakfast. Afterwards we travel by boat to Termales, a small community in the south of Guachalito. Upon arriving in Termales the guides from the local community tourism association will lead you on a jungle path where we can observe different species of colourful tropical frogs as well as other animals like birds and monkeys. As we make your way through the jungle, our guide will point out medicinal plants and explain their traditional practices. At the end of the trail, we arrive at a four picturesque waterfalls, which form wide, deep pools where we can swim. After relaxing in the waterfall for a while, we return to the community of Termales. At the end of the trail we will find a natural hot spring, for which the town is named. Here, we can relax in the hot springs and enjoy an individual natural treatment before returning by boat to Guachalito Beach.
Day 6: Community Coquí – Gardening with the locals. Early morning Yoga this morning. After breakfast you enjoy a short boat ride to the Coquí community. As Coquí is a small island with a mangrove in the back and the Pacific Ocean in front the villagers used to grow their on vegetables and typical herbs to add to their daily diet based on fresh seafood. The local school runs a typical garden aiming that the new generations not forget their culinary traditions. Here, we will support the local village children and interact with locals gardening with the kids. Spend the afternoon at the beach in front of our accommodation.
Day 7: Day on the beach or Community Project in Termales. Early morning Yoga this morning before breakfast. At your last full day at the Pacific Coast you can either spend a whole day relaxing in your hammock, swimming or snorkeling or join another community project located in the little settlement of Termales. Depending on weather conditions you support the locals helping them maintaining a jungle path or the community facilities of the community run hot springs. People helping today will receive another complimentary treatment of their choice after their work assisting the local community.
Day 8: Return to Medellín and visit on an organic coffee farm (B, L, D). Our last early morning session of Yoga this morning. A special session as a community chief will be present to give individual spiritual blessings. After breakfast we return to the village of Nuquí by boat, where our flight will take us back to the city of Medellin. After the check-in at our central hotel and lunch at the famous Mondongo´s restaurant for those with some energy left we offer a coffee-tour (half-day) in the afternoon. As coffee is one of the Colombian landmarks Experience the Colombian coffee culture on a traditional coffee farm located in the hills of Medellin. Get an insight into the daily life of a Colombian coffee farmer. Stroll through the plantations and get to know everything about coffee “…from the plant to the cup!” Be impressed by how close to the vibrant mega city of Medellin Colombian country life starts. At night we will have a group dinner at Medellín´s most modern restaurant El Cielo and enjoy the unique mixture of molecular and modern Colombian elements.
Day 9: Departure from Medellín (B). Farewell group breakfast this morning. After a private transport to the International Airport of Medellín José María Córdoba (JMC) get your international flight home or onwards to your next destination.
- Tour escort
- local guides
- all meals
- one standard non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage per meal four star hotels or above
- unlimited bottled water
- all transfers and sightseeing
- all compulsory tips and service fees
- morning yoga
- natural spa and massage treatments as listed
- spiritual blessing by local community
- complimentary yoga matts
- complimentary volunteering polo shirts
- volunteering hygiene pack (sunblock, gloves & wipes)
- no single supplement for clients willing to share room with same sex person.
Additionally included in this particular tour:
- Light aircraft return flight between Medellin and The Pacific Coast
- community Project participation
- tent, mattress and sleeping bag for trek
- porters to carry and set up equipment for our trek
- International and domestic flights (we will best buy quote you, flights must be booked through our agency for the complimentary arrival transfer) - travel insurance (compulsory)
- any other incidental of personal nature or items not listed above.
Note: Every tour is guaranteed with two or more participants. For groups of less than six people, there is no group escort. Itinerary will run the same but with capable English speaking local guides.
No surcharge for payments by American Express.
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