Technology and modern day life have evolved so quickly that our children are trapped in a world of video games and internet . They now communicate with others via social media and are losing their contact with the natural world and their environment. We believe that education comes in many forms, from formal training in the classroom to the lessons learned from life and experience. Wilderness is our classroom because nature has an impact on us that is hard to put into words. There is simplicity in living outside that helps us live simpler lives at home, a timelessness that makes us put our smartphones away, and a grandeur that opens our eyes.
Our participants return home with a different outlook on the world and with better understanding of themselves and their surroundings
On this journey participants will learn about Ecology, Colombian and African cultures , teamwork, leadership and most important , about themselves.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Medellin International airport|
Arrival in Medellin International airport. Meet with our staff and transfer to the Hotel.
Breakfast at hotel in Medellin and private ground transfer to the Domestic airport to take one hour flight to Bahia Solano. We board the small 4WD vehicles and take the 15 km jungle ride to the Lodge located on the beach of el Valle Town. After check in and lunch we hike through the rainforest to learn about the adaptation of plants and the importance of water for life and learn about the ecology projects of the lodge. Students will receive a brochure of the rainforest wildlife and a certificate with the information of the tree that they will plant. After Dinner we will enjoy a Video presentation by one of the biologists, guides. (B/L/D)
Utria national park is considered the place with the most biodiversity in the world. This 40 minute boat ride will take us along the shore with great opportunities to sea Whales Dolphins and turtles . Here the students will experience rainforest, mangroves and ocean. With the assistance of local park ranger we will walk on a bridge over the mangrove where participants can learn about this ecosystem and the importance of tides. After lunch on the way back we stop at the coral reef and enjoy a snorkeling session while our instructors teach them the importance of corals and how to protect them. Back to the lodge for dinner and to enjoy spanish expressions. (B/L/D)
Today the students will share the culture and living of a aborigen family and learn how to collect palm leaves to extract the fiber and use to make baskets, how to make ethnic tattoos (non permanent) with vegetables ink made with the Jagua seed, the artisanal process of rice and sugar cane. After the activities the students will exchange gifts with the aborigines. Lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon the students will learn about the natural history of the sea turtles, the importance of their ecosystem , the danger that the sea turtles are facing for contamination and human irresponsibility. They will visit a conservancy site and adoption a sea turtle.
Students will participate on a Recollection Campaign of plastic. They will learn how plastic affects the ocean life and the fragile ecosystem Dinner and talk about next day activities. After Dinner we will enjoy a Video presentation by one of the biologists, guides (B/L/D)
In the morning we will take a boat ride to Chado, a desolate beach where a river meets the ocean. Students will walk along the river and explore/ discover beautiful waterfalls and crystal clear wells where they can jump and enjoy a fresh bath. Back to the beach, students will be build a refuge with the help of the guides and cook their BBQ lunch.
In the afternoon visit local school where the kids will teach the students typical dances and enjoy a typical music group call Chirimia. The students will join on these dances. (B/L/D)
After breakfast, ground transfer to the airport to take flight back to Medellin. After lunch and drop off luggage we can visit the water museum, Explore Park or Metro Cable. Back to the hotel for dinner. (B/L/D)
Breakfast and ground transfer to the International Airport to take flight back home.(B/-/-)