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!