The trip includes a city tour of scenic Santa Marta and soccer games in the barrio. You'll visit the scenic Tayrona National Park, learn to fish, and experience life on a working coffee farm!
Framed by the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains and lined with tropical white beaches, Santa Marta lies on Colombia’s northern, Caribbean coast which is lined with beaches of white sand. Founded in 1525, it is the oldest surviving city in Colombia, and the second oldest in all of South America.
Everywhere you go in Santa Marta - from the beaches to the streets - you will see soccer being played. You’ll join pickup games with local kids, play matches against local teams and help Tiempo de Juego deliver their lives skills programs to children in the barrios that have given birth to some of the world’s greatest soccer players.
You’ll also learn about local craftsmanship and industry both old and new, from visiting a mochilla maker’s workshop to snorkelling with local Taganga fishermen on Monocuaca Beach and learning how to knit fishing nets, to taking part in a hip hop workshop run by local youth and tasting the freshest coffee at a farm in the mountains..
Santa Marta is also a wonderful place to experience the best of Colombia’s natural beauty and vibrant, welcoming culture. In nearby Tayrona National Park you’ll find soaring mountains and secluded beaches, perfect for enjoying a beautiful sunset at the end of another thrilling day.
DAY 1: Depart for Bogotá. Arrival at Airport in Bogotá. Transfer to accommodations, Check in at hotel.
DAY 2: Experiential, day-long leadership workshop with Tiempo de Juego’. the third half curriculum workshop #1 - Global Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals.
DAY 3: Guided our of Cazucá community. Record your Tour Song at Labzuca, Tiempo de Juego’s media creative lab.
DAY 4: Hike Monserrate and return by funicular. Bicycle tour through the traditional markets of Bogotá.
DAY 5: Morning flight to Santa Marta. Beach soccer with young people from Barrio La Lucha. the third half curriculum workshop #2 - Conscious Leadership..
DAY 6: Walking tour to Monocuaca beach. Learning about fishing traditions, local endangered ecosystem.
DAY 7: Responsible tourism workshop and itinerary design. Tour of Barrio Pescadito, home to some of Colombia’s legendary soccer stars. Visit local craftsmanship shops (mochilla makers).
DAY 8: Visit a coffee farm in the mountains. Friendly game against Tiempo de Juego kids from Barrio La Lucha.
DAY 9: Day trip to Tayrona National Park, visiting beautiful mountains and beaches. the third half curriculum workshop #3 - Sustainable Development Goal #4 - Quality Education
DAY 10: Morning flight to Bogota. Sightseeing in historical Candelaria neighborhood and visit to the Museo del Oro.
DAY 11: Visit to Guatavita Sacred Lake. Temazcal Ceremony and traditional lunch with local indigenous community. Farewell dinner and celebration with Tiempo de Juego and time for group reflection.
DAY 12: Travel day. Arrive home
Your trip will be hosted by the respected non-profit organization Tiempo de Juego which uses the power of the beautiful game to bring people together, teach values and promote education. You’ll visit Tiempo de Juego programs and help their coaches deliver soccer classes, life skills training and teach social entrepreneurship. You’ll also learn a lot from the inspirational youth of Colombia and how they are seeking to create a different future for the country.