Guajira: sharks and indigenous culture

Shark conservation project at the northernmost region in South America

Get involved in the shark conservation project (PUYUII) together with the Wayuu tribe. The project aims to collect data from the sharks so they can be conserved and to push the sustainable shark watching tourism. Support the community by being part of the scientific research and learn about their traditional knowledge and their daily life.

Wayuu tribe lives in Guajira, a big desert at the very north of Colombia that is next to the Caribbean. The landscape is spectacular, but the dry condition makes it a difficult place to live in. However, the Wayuu tribe, that lives in Punta Gallinas, the northernmost part of South America, has used the resources smartly and has built small houses to sleep in.

During decades, the tribe has eaten turtles and sharks. Nevertheless, the last years different organizations have been doing big efforts to reduce consumption and promote conservation of these species. Nowadays the community helps the turtles to survive and just a few still eating sharks.

As part of our mission, we have got involved with the Wayuu tribe and participate in the PUYUII (shark in Wayuu language) project. We have worked together to collect data about sharks identities, frequencies, stationary pattern and locations in the sea at the north of Colombia.

The participants will stay at an ecolodge run by the community and they will share with the Wayuu Tribe their daily life. They will help cleaning beaches and will get involved in the scientific research. They will also collect data about sharks and study dead bodies guided by the person in charge of the project.

Participants will also help the community consolidating a native fishes’ guide and will practice sports with local kids. Additionally they can enjoy different activities and excursions that the region has to offer.

What´s included?

  • Accommodation for in shared room
  • 3 daily meals
  • Project Puyuii Shark Research Collaboration
  • CUE t-shirt
  • Certificate of participation

What´s not included?

  • Flights to and from Medellin prior to course commencement
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Visa costs
  • Personal expenses
  • Health and travel insurance

2018

  • November 8 – 14
  • December 10 – 16

Price: 1.850.000 COP (~ 590 USD)

  • Windsurf
  • Kitesurf
  • Sandboard
  • Wakeboard

Punta Gallinas, Guajira, Colombia