Tue, Nov 07|
Colombia Coffee and Conservation
In partnership with Upwell Coffee, we are taking you from land to sea, to explore coffee growing areas in and around Santa Marta, Colombia and restore corals. This trip supports the science and conservation work of Remote Ecologist and its partners.
Time & Location
Nov 07, 2023, 12:00 PM – Nov 12, 2023, 12:00 PM
Santa Marta, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
About The Event
What is included:
This excursion will introduce the participants to the coffee-producing region of Santa Marta, Colombia. In addition to visiting places like coffee and honey farms, participants will have the chance to take part in Remote Ecologist’s coral conservation and restoration efforts in northern Colombia, along with an introduction to Santa Marta proper, the gateway for coffee cultivation in Latin America. Santa Marta is nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Caribbean Sea, making for a unique opportunity to experience multiple biomes in one place.
Participants will take part in cultural activities that include a trip up the mountains for tours of organic coffee farms, along with partaking in bird watching and the chance to bathe in many of the local waterfalls. Participants will be inundated in the nature surrounding the Pearl City. Part of that experience will include an introduction to fragmentation and microfragmentation of corals, and taking a look via snorkel at the restoration area.
Day 1: Arrival in Santa Marta, Colombia. Welcome reception and a detailed workshop on coral ecology, threats facing reefs, and restoration techniques.
Day 2: Day trip to Minca. Explore the scenic mountain town known for its coffee plantations and waterfalls.
Day 3: Morning birding in Minca, followed by a cultureal tour of the city of Santa Marta.
Day 4: Snorkeling the coral nursery in Inca Inca. Spend the afternoon reviewing the dive experiences and discussing further restoration techniques. Breaks in between for rest and meals.
Day 5: Travel to Parque Tayrona. Snorkel in the morning, followed by an afternoon exploring the park's terrestrial biodiversity.
Day 6: Morning review session of the expedition over breakfast, followed by departure from Santa Marta.
Cost: $3000 USD, includes activities, transportation, hotel, and food. Additional activities are available. Airfare is not included. Please coordinate with the excursion coordinator on all travel into/out of the country.
Required: Passport (U.S. citizens do not need pre-approved visa), Travel Health Insurance (a provider will be recommended)
Recommended: All appropriate regional travel vaccinations
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.