Places to volunteer and beach around Colombia
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 1, 2012 9:27 PM Last Post By: meg2093
Jul 31, 2012 4:52 AM
Places to volunteer and beach around ColombiaI am planning a trip to Colombia for my uni break at the end of the year. This will be my thrid time to South America, but first trip to Colombia. I will be by myself for the first month (end of Nov - Dec) where I'm hoping to volunteer and get spanish lessons somewhere safe/fun. I will then be meeting up with my friend for the second month (late Dec - Jan) for Christmas and new years and are looking out for fun places to party and relax by the beach. We have a normal backpacker low budget but aren't too restricted.
If anyone has any recomendations for volunteer places, spanish lessons, good places to visit, good beaches to lay on, places to party or know of any hippie towns worth exploring please let me know.
Aug 1, 2012 10:17 AM
1There were a couple of posts from a volunteers for mariposas amarillo in S/Marta >http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2189400
Also Sin Fronteras in S/Marta > http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2129868
In any event, I doubt volunteering is a precursor to the party scene...
Aug 1, 2012 2:27 PM
You could think about doing an ecotour on Gorgona Island on the Pacific Coast, helping to monitor endangered turtles - http://www.mantarayatravel.com/sightseeing-tours/ecotourism-colombia-travel-tour-pacific-turtles
If you were interested in doing this, you could take Spanish lessons or volunteer in Cali (a really vibrant Pacific city and the capital of Colombian salsa!) and then fly out to Gorgona Island at the end of your stay.
Medellin is another great place to spend your first month in Colombia - I don´t know any specific volunteering projects there but its just a great city to spend some quality time - perfect climate (warm but not too hot) and really friendly people. It´s not near the coast, but you could easily take a bus ride up to the coast from there to meet your friend.
I spent last New Year´s Eve in La Sirena hostel in Palomino (close to Santa Marta) - best New Years ever! http://www.ecosirena.com/
If you are around Santa Marta make sure you visit Taganga - it´s a lively (although a bit touristy) fishing village with good nightlife and great for scuba diving if you´re interested. Here is a blog post I wrote about it: http://www.mantarayatravel.com/blog/taganga-lazy-days-on-the-caribbean-coast If you´re in the area you should also visit Tayrona Park - really spectacular scenery and perfect for relaxing on the beach.
Anyway, I hope this gives you some ideas. Enjoy Colombia - you are going to love it!!
Aug 1, 2012 9:27 PM
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