Culture, Cuisine, and Connection

Colombia, South America

Kimberly Larkin
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18 reviews
Apr 22 - 30, 2022
Group size: 1 - 12
Culture, Cuisine, and Connection
Colombia, South America

Kimberly Larkin
  • Email address verified
18 reviews

Apr 22 - 30, 2022
Group size: 1 - 12

About this trip

Part urban adventure and part beach retreat, this trip will introduce you to one of Colombia's most beautiful and vibrant cities, as well as transport you to one of its most gorgeous landscapes on the wild Caribbean Sea.

We'll spend our first 3 nights in the old Spanish colonial city of Cartagena, spellbound by the art, history, food, and energy.

Our city sojourn will be followed by a 5 night retreat to a secluded beach hideaway at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where the jungle meets the sea.  We'll immerse ourselves in nature, unspool our nervous systems, and connect with local indigenous people.

What’s included

  • 8 nights accommodation
    3 nights at a boutique hotel in the heart of Cartagena's coolest neighborhood, Getsemaní, + 5 nights at an eco-chic retreat property on the coast of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • 3 breakfasts & 2 dinners
    During the first part of the trip, In Cartagena (1 dinner on your own)
  • three meals daily
    During the 2nd part of the trip, at the retreat center
  • Cartagena art tour
    We'll visit some of Cartagena's art galleries and studios, as well as explore the vibrant street art scene in Getsemaní
  • Cartagena city tour
    During a guided walking tour, we'll visit some of the main historic sites in Cartagena
  • Cooking class
    A local cook will help us prepare some classic Colombian dishes together
  • Salsa lesson
    We'll take a group salsa lesson at one of Cartagena's popular salsa bars and then go back later to practice our moves to live music
  • yoga & meditation
    Yoga & meditation will be offered during the 2nd part of our adventure, when we arrive at our own private oasis on the Caribbean coast, at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountians
  • River Tubing Excursion
    This is a scenic and leisurely float down the Rio Don Diego to the Caribbean Sea
  • Indigenous Village Visit
    We'll visit the village of the Wiwa tribe and learn about their customs and traditions, including bag weaving and home building. We'll also enjoy lunch prepared by the women of the tribe.
  • Kogi Ceremony
    Our last evening, we'll partake in a ceremony with the elders of the Kogi tribe, another of the 4 main indigenous tribes in this part of Colombia
  • In country transport
    Round trip transportation between Cartagena and the retreat center
  • gratuities
    Gratuities are included for hotel staff, tour guides, and driver
  • airfare
    You are responsible for airfare to/from Cartagena
  • transfer to hotel
    Airport transfer from CTG airport to hotel in Cartagena
  • travel insurance
    The purchase of travel insurance is strongly recommended to ensure you are covered should an unexpected event arise that prevents you from traveling or interrupts your travels.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy

Price is per person in a double room.

If you are traveling solo, I will pair you with a lovely roommate who may become your new best friend.

Deposit: $695

Your Organizer

Kimberly Larkin
18 reviews
As a dynamic, curious, and light-hearted traveler, one of my great joys is introducing people to fascinating places. When we arrive in a new place, we begin to connect with local people, the culture, and the landscape. These interactions inevitably begin to change our inner landscapes as well: hearts swell, minds open, compassion and acceptance spread. I try to facilitate this same connection & expansion when I'm back home teaching yoga at local studios in Hoboken, Jersey City, and NYC. Let's go on some inner/outer adventures together!


My Moroccan Adventure was just that- an adventure, as I had never been there before. Yes, I read the itinerary but my expectations were greatly surpassed! We were busy most every day and did everything in Kim's brochure, and more! I met and interacted with different Moroccan people, learned a bit of their language, their cooking, their culture, their lifestyles, their prayer time, their music, the vastly different terrain throughout our travels, and even a few folks who shared their hopes & dreams. Kim is a wonderful guide who asks lots of questions and I love that! The riads we stayed at were unique in what they offered and where they were located. The hosts were friendly, welcoming & accomodating. They all know & love Kim as this was her 4th trip to Morocco. She keeps everyone on schedule and on task, always ready with her camera and wonderful with sharing the pictures with the group. Follow all her tips & instructions and you won't go wrong. I had never experienced a hammam before & it was wonderful. My favorite part of the trip was riding the camels into the Sahara Desert at sunset, sleeping in a tent overnight & riding them back out at sunrise. The scenery of the camels, both sitting riderless & when we mounted, the shifting light on the dunes, dismounting to 'play' in the sand, watching the sunset, the arrival at the tents, the dinner & wine, the music, the spectacular stargazing, and the sunrise ride back were all magical memories I will cherish forever. I strongly recommend you taking a trip with!
By Cheryl H for Moroccan Adventure on Oct 24, 2023
What a truly sensational experience! From beginning to end, Kim and James made sure our group of yogis were guided and cared for. They fostered an environment for deep rest, connection, and exploration. I came away feeling refreshed and nourished. Sicilian Spirit which hosted the retreat is absolutely sublime with amazing vistas, comfy quarters, a warm/friendly staff, and the most amazing food. 100% recommend any retreat that Kim leads.
By Cindy Y for Sensational Sicily - Yoga, Culture + Self Discovery in Italy on Sep 20, 2023
Just wow! Had a fantastic adventure in Sicily with Kim and James who provided their students with a top shelf experience. From the beautiful accommodations, thoughtful and well paced classes, to the excursions, transfers, and logistics, every detail was anticipated and provided for us before we even had to ask. Highly recommend any event with this duo. Looking forward to attending another retreat together soon! Grazie Mille!
By Thomas D for Sensational Sicily - Yoga, Culture + Self Discovery in Italy on Sep 12, 2023
Gorgeous historical property for accommodations, and the staff who help to keep it tidy and running smoothly could not have been kinder. AMAZING and healthy food prepared fresh for every meal by the most affectionate and hard-working chefs. Thoughtfully planned day trips and meditation sessions, restorative yoga and gently encouraging spiritual work thanks to Kimberly and James. Ten out of ten; hope to retreat again! Grazie di tutto!
By Katharine B for Sensational Sicily - Yoga, Culture + Self Discovery in Italy on Sep 11, 2023
Thank you Kim for a really memorable experience. The trip was everything you promised - a deep dive into the Colombian culture in the old city of Cartagena and the steamy jungle of the Sierra Nevadas of Santa Marta, superb cuisine, with so many gorgeous edible flowers, and real connection with the local community by staying in rustic lodges and engaging in two beautiful spiritual ceremonies. And the hiking, swimming in a sacred crystal lagoon, yoga on the beach and more. You'd researched every aspect of the trip and made connections with friendly and expert guides, drivers, translators and I felt very comfortable in this vibrant, unknown country. It was truly a wonderful experience and I'd travel with you anywhere, any time!
By Sarah A for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection on May 11, 2023
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