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Diving in…to the most northern tip of South America

This Expedition is designed to be one of the most attractive expeditions Colombia has to offer! Apart from being a unique route in Colombia, the Expedition has three components that are the key to success: nature, culture, and adventure.

In terms of the natural component, the most fascinating aspect of the Expedition includes the biome transitions: The journey begins in fertile soil surrounded by dense humid forest on the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Santa Marta–the tallest snowy mountain range proximal to the ocean. We then drive a few hours north to greet blue oceans and vast desserts, etched in a canvas of yellows, oranges, and reds.  In terms of adventure, the Expedition starts in Palomino where we embark in Toyota Land Cruisers to drive approximately 9 hours to our final destination—the northern tip of South America: Punta Gallinas, Colombia.  It is a true adventure, but it doesn’t stop there.  During the next day we will adventure to the wild ocean of the north to see sharks—a magical experience laced with adrenaline.

Culturally, we have been working alongside the Wayuú community of Punta Gallinas under the care of  our hosts at the rancheria, Luz Mila, to develop the PUYUII Expedition (“Puyuii” means “shark” in the Wayuú language of Wayuunaiqui).  We will therefore be introduced to one of the most fascinating cultures of Colombia.  Strong, intelligent, and excellent hosts, the Wayuú will teach us how to smile and enjoy life in ways that are simpler than what we had previously imagined, and they will show us that being self-sufficient is just a matter of doing.  The cultural aspect is integral to the Expedition as we share time with the Wayuú people in the territory of their traditional settlements—whether in conversation, in the boat, playing soccer, walking with them, sleeping in hammocks (if you want!), and learning from their profound knowledge of nature.

The combination of these three components—nature, culture, and adventure—creates a unique and lasting experience that you will never forget.  There is truly no other expedition like this one.  Only in Colombia!  Check out our News page article, “A Life Encounter,” for a glimpse into our most recent Punta Gallinas Expedition, and picture yourself there this year!

 

Experience Needed

  • Comfortable in open water
  • Snorkelling experience

 

Ideal For

  • People looking to:
    • Travel to the northernmost point of South America;
    • Experience unique adventure;
    • Participate in shark sightseeing opportunities with associated education and research development learning;
    • Engage in cultural knowledge exchange;
    • Develop and practice photography skills.

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    • Meeting and pickup in Santa Marta (Simón Bolívar International Airport) or Riohacha (Almirante Padilla Airport)
    • Travel to Palomino
    • Welcome evening and Expedition preparation
    • Night in Palomino
  • Day 2:
    • Breakfast
    • Departure to Punta Gallinas
    • Lunch
    • All day travel and afternoon to acclimatize
    • Supper
    • At night visit the most northern lighthouse in South America
  • Day 3:
    • Breakfast
    • Shark sightseeing all morning
    • Lunch
    • An afternoon of flamingo watching
    • Supper
  • Day 4:
    • Breakfast
    • Shark sightseeing all morning
    • Lunch
    • An afternoon of kite surfing, sand boarding, wakeboarding, football, or relaxing
  • Day 5:
    • Breakfast
    • Departure to Palomino
    • Lunch
    • Night in Palomino
    • Farewell meet up and closing evening
  • Day 6:
    • Transportation to desired airport

 

Included

  • 3 Nights accommodation in Rancheria Luz Mila, Punta Gallinas
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Sierra Verde, Palomino
  • Transportation from Santa Marta or Riohacha–Palomino
  • Transportation from Palomino–Punta Gallinas–Palomino–Santa Marta or Riohacha
  • Certified CUE Instructor/Guide and local Guides with extensive knowledge  and experience
  • Transportation to dive/snorkel/sightseeing sites
  • All snorkelling gear (i.e., fins and mask)
  • Visit to Taroa Dunes and Punta Gallinas lighthouse
  • Wakeboarding
  • Sandboarding
  • All meals as indicated above and daily snacks
  • Water and/or non-alcoholic beverages during Expedition
  • CUE expedition t-shirt

 

Not Included

  • Flights/transport to and from Santa Marta or Riohacha upon initial arrival and final departure
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Wetsuit and booties (Note: Water temperature ~26 °C)
  • Personal dive computer and compass
  • Curso Kite rental
  • Tips for local guides, operators, and accommodation staff (recommended)
  • Optional items or experiences beyond what is included in this Expedition package (e.g., professional digital trip photos–Inquire with CUE for more information!)
  • What’s not specified

 

Recommendations

  • Rash Guard
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (look for ocean-friendly options and bring A LOT!!)
  • After sun cream
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses (polarized is a recommended option)
  • Bug spray
  • Small day pack
  • Dry bag (if you are bringing valuables)
  • Pack towel

 

Expedition Dates

  • 2016 Dates
    • February 24–29
    • July 14–19
    • August 26–31
    • October 7–12
    • November 2–7
  • 2017 Dates
    • February 22–27
    • July 14–19
    • August 26–31
    • October 6–11
    • November 2–7

 

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2Group Discount1012%
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