Mision Gaia: Santa Marta Adventure Tour: Life in the Countryside

Santa Marta Adventure Tour: Life in the Countryside

Santa Marta, Colombia

Mision Gaia

Non-profit organization

4-6 hours
From$81 USDPer person

Mision Gaia supports community stakeholders interested in proposing more sustainable activities implementing best practices of community tourism.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore lost waterfalls and help preserve the environment in Santa Marta.
  • Roam a lush garden with paths through the Sierra.
  • Learn about the history and culture of Santa Marta from experienced guides.

Tour revenue will be used at a local level for sustainable touristic development while minimizing environmental impacts.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Every day with appointment

  • Start Time

    6 am or 8 am

  • Duration

    4-6 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Difficulty

    Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Hat, Light shirt, Rain boots, Rain gear, Water

  • Tour Participants

    2 to 6

  • Volunteer Opportunities


  • This org is new to the travel industry

    Your visit will make an extra impact! Expect off the beaten path conditions.

Tour Description

Your day begins with orientation and coffee at Mission Gaia headquarters. Learn about the fauna and flora Mission Gaia works to conserve, as well as the culture and history of the local community as you make the hour-long journey to Montecristo street. Relax and go for a dip in the Lost Waterfall--a wonderful opportunity to snap some great pictures as well! Eat breakfast or lunch at a local farm boasting idyllic walking paths and a stunning view of the Sierra. Explore the sights and walk through the lush garden, surrounded by beautiful flowers and fruit trees. Enjoy the cultural exchange and even brush up on your Spanish with the help of your guide!

1 Visitor Review

    Lukas A. ●  Aug 15, 2015

    Just an hour drive from the sun soaked beaches of Santa Marta one can find himself in the cooler mountainous area of Minca where Mision Gaia call its home. This local nonprofit offers a fantastic eco tour showcasing the luscious greenery of the area, opportunity for exotic bird watching, dip in one of the water pools, and a meeting with one of the local organic coffee producers. Diana, the ED of Mision Gaia, provides a first-hand account of the environmental issues facing this community and how Mision Gaia helps to educate the local population on recycling and having the least impact on local flora and fauna.

How To Get There

We offer transportation from Santa Marta or you may meet us at the collective in Minca

More About Mision Gaia


To increase the general welfare of the local communities in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and its foothills by developing social and environmental programs that help provide basic needs and promote the sustainable use of natural resources.

Main Programs

  • Educational programs on sustainable development.

  • Develop sustainable tourism in Minca, Project Clean Minca, and tourist solidarity.

  • Control the health and welfare of animal populations.

Awards & Recognition

Hacienda la Victoria 1892