Duration: 2 weeks
LEARN SPANISH & ADVENTURE
Learn Spanish and explore the mountains and jungle of hidden Colombia.
Go places that are nowhere to be found in any travel guide.
From San Gil to the Caribbean coast.
This program is perfect for anyone with limited time but still up for a challenge and cross-country experience.
On this two week program, you can get to know the ins and outs of both inland and coastal Colombia including traditional, authentic and ancient indigenous cultures.
The first week is based inland at our San Gil hostel, with the second half based on the coast at our hostel in Palomino. The program enjoys a wonderful mix of activities and adventures including the mind-blowing natural powered expedition, deep into Colombia outback, to the sacred ancient ruins of the ‘Lost City’.
The benefits of spending a jam-packed two weeks with us are clear - to experience a full spectrum of adventure sports, trek across the land, become one with nature through a multi-day expedition and to make friendships for life.
Weekends are free for individual travel, fiesta, study, more adventure activities, yoga or fitness classes.
This program starts on the first and third Monday of each month, however we invite you to join us from the Sunday prior.
The program includes:
- 10 hrs of Spanish Classes
- 5 nights dormitory accommodation - San Gil
- 2 meals a day Monday - Friday (breakfast and lunch), brunch only on weekends
- welcome to Colombia walk
- dance class
- two inland treks
- white water rafting
- Overnight public sleeper-bus from San Gil - Coast camp
- 5 nights dormitory accommodation - Palomino Hostel
- Expedition. 4 day & 3 night trek to Lost City ancient ruins.
- Return public bus to Palomino - Santa Marta (last day of the program)
Every day from Monday to Friday there will be two, 45 minute Spanish lessons (usually between 15:00-17:00 but subject to change).
Following a short test to establish your level and objectives, Spanish classes will be delivered by accredited and licensed teachers. These lessons are tailored to suit all levels, from beginner to advanced, and are designed to help you interact and immerse with the local community and enjoy being in a Spanish speaking country.
We follow our own in-house Jakera Spanish Curriculum, supported by our own Jakera Spanish grammar and exercise booklet which you can buy when in the country.
Welcome to Colombia walk
Day one: Morning one begins with a welcome pro-active meeting where Jakera staff introduce themselves, the place, the country, the town and the programs, during which we all get to know each other.
After the get together we all head out on foot to get orientated with the essentials of the local San Gil community. Additionally to getting orientated, we pay extra attention to introducing you to the real Colombia, and seeing all that is typical in Colombia.
We have created seven varied and specially designed treks. All four treks are totally unique from one another but follow the Jakera Trek formula.
What do all the treks have in common? We mix stunning hiking experiences with real life insights into authentic local Colombian Culture, guided and introduced by the locals themselves.
We will trek to remote and ‘out of this world’ sights, such as canyons, mountains, valleys, waterfalls, tropical forests, savannas and more.
We will take you off the beaten track and show you places that the guide books don’t know about. Furthermore, at some point on each excursion, we will take a break from trekking to experience first hand a local practices including; coffee haciendas, historical colonial towns, indigenous settlement and traditions, tobacco trade, sugar cane trade, traditional gastronomy and more.
Particular treks will be chosen in accordance to group potential and local circumstances.
In a fun, social environment we will take everyone through their dancing steps to get them fully in touch with Latin America lifestyle and culture. We focus on Salsa but will also teach Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia and Vallenato. Students with all levels of dance experience have the opportunity to learn and improve with us.
Outdoor Adventure - Wednesdays
On Wednesdays we take a midweek rest from trekking to spend the morning participating in the famous adrenaline adventure sports of San Gil. We have chosen the town’s top ‘beginner level’ adventure activities for this program.
Wednesday Week 1 - Rafting Rio Fonce: Depending on the height of the river, the class of whitewater across the 9km route will range from 1-3 of 5. So it is ideal for beginners. Add that to the deep wilderness setting, and we have an perfect first rafting experience for any beginner.
Wednesday Week 2 - Paragliding Curutti: While the previous week’s rest day was spent drenched in white water, this time it’s high in the sky, joining the birds for a paragliding experience. You will flying a tandem flight with a qualified and experienced pilot lasting approximately 40 minutes, in the peace up-above.
Before which you will have been briefed by the guides on the entire activity to ensure you are well-prepared. This is the perfect paragliding experience for all levels as the sheltered launch and land sights make it a great start if you have never been paragliding before. At the same time, the stunning scenery and overview of our trek makes it a great trip for experts too.
Free-day - Thursdays, Outdoor Adventure on stand-by
On Thursdays we allocate time to personal outdoor adventure ambitions. We have Spanish class in the afternoon as usual, but the rest of the day is free for individuals to participate in the adventure activity of their choosing. Earlier in the week we organize the activities on a per person basis, so by Thursday it’s all go. Activities available include bungee jumping (basic and advanced), white water rafting (advanced), white water kayaking (beginners course or advanced day out), paragliding, repelling, caving, horse riding, mountain biking (downhill and cross-country).
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta - Palomino beach hostel
On Friday night at the end of week 1, we take the overnight bus North to the Carribean coast, to the cool surf town of Palomino. Here is base camp for all our costal activities, and you will depart from and return to Palomino before and after Lost City trek, where you can leave luggage behind and only carry the bare essentials on the trek.
In Palomino town you can take surf classes, river tubing, take local treks or simply relax, party, socialize and explore the many laidback bars and restaurants as well as amazing artisan the town has to offer.
Lost City Trek 3 nights 4 days
After breakfast at the hostel, we begin the journey with a 2 hour jeep ride to El Mamay, deep in the jungle. From here it’s all on foot which is the only way to see the Lost City.
Lost City Trek Day 1: El Mamay - Adan Camp 7.6km
Carrying only our essentials for the trek, our excess baggage has been safely locked away back at the hostel. We begin trekking after lunch, where at a gentle pace we continue throughout the afternoon until we reach Adan camp before sunset. A hearty dinner and open aired bunk beds bring the day to an ideal end.
Lost City Trek Day 2: Adan Camp - El Paraiso Teyuna Camp 14.7km
A full day’s trek lies ahead on day 2, and it’s the toughest day of all. Rolling hills and stunning virgin forest make up the three hour trek to the lunch and swim spot at Mumake camp. After lunch and back on your feet, the trek continues along the picturesque Buritaca river, where after approximately two hours the trek increases in intensity with a steep 1.5 hour climb to camp. El Paraiso de Teyuna campsite is a busy camp, just short of the ‘Lost City’ itself and a great opportunity to meet fellow trekkers.
Lost City Trek Day 3: El Paraiso Teyuna Camp
Mumake Camp via the ‘Lost City' After an early start, it’s about a 1 hour trek to the start of the Teyuna City entrance and the first of the 1200 steps to the summit. The stretch to the summit is not as grueling as it sounds and once reaching the steps it’s about another 30 minutes to the lower level of the Lost City.
Once here, you’ll be given an in-depth presentation about the archaeological site and the ancient ruins. You’ll learn all about the discovery of the site, the excavation and ongoing restoration process in the area.
You’ll have about 3 hours to walk around the site, snap as many photos as you like, and take the time to reflect on the ancient civilisations that occupied the city up until the 14th century. On the way back, you’ll get a chance to meet a few local families (Kogi people) who to this day live in a few of the houses alongside the ruins.
Then the journey back down begins. Beginning with the descent down the 1200 steps and along the river bend and back to Paraiso Teyuna Camp for lunch. From there you’ll head all the way back to Mumake Camp, where you stopped for lunch on Day 2. It’s another challenging afternoon of trekking with an hour-long ascent, 1.5-hour long descent, and another 2- hour up and down walk.
Lost City Trek Day 4: Mumake camp - El Mamey Camp 12.2km
The final day takes you back to the start point and it’s a full morning trek through virgin forest, indigenous communities and rolling hills to get there. We reach the finish of the trek by late lunch, where we rest and prepare ourselves for the two hour jeep ride back to Palomino and some downtime.
Start Dates 2019
Jan-06, Jan-20, Feb-03, Feb-17, Mar-03, Mar-17, Apr-07, Apr-21, May-05, May-19, Jun-02, Jun-16, Jul-07, Jul-21, Aug-04, Aug-18, Sep-01, Sep-15, Oct-06, Oct-20, Nov-03, Nov-17, Dec-01, Dec-15.
Price includes 28 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch (brunch at weekends), 25 intensive Spanish lessons, bungee jump, canyon paragliding, waterfall repel, zip-line tour, 4 trekking tours, mountain bike tour, water safety class, white water rafting tour, overnight white water rafting tourand the one week Sierra Nevada valley tour with ‘lost city’ trek.
The ‘program’ starts on a Monday with the program ending after breakfast on corresponding Sunday, however the price includes the Sunday night prior to the program kicking off. Clients are welcome to arrive Saturday or earlier if they pay a supplement for extra nights bed & breakfast.
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