What is Included?
6 nights accommodation at Gitana Del Mar
3 Meals Daily
All yoga & Movement classes with Aarona (1-2 daily)
1 group surf or SUP class during your stay.
1 group hike in Sierra Nevadas or similar
Yogascapes support staff
What is not included?
Optional activities, tips, massage, and extra food and drink are not included.
Neither Airfare nor Airport Transfers are included.
Where are you located?
We are located between the towns of Puerto Nuevo and Buritaca. We are a 1 hour and 15 minutes drive in private transport from the Santa Marta and the Simon Bolivar Airport. We are a 15 minute drive from the main entrance of the Parque Tayrona (Cañaveral).
What is the weather like, seasons temperature?
The weather is warm and tropical all year long. Most of the months of the year are very dry. The months where we are likely to have some rain are: April, May, October, November, early December. It will typically rain in the early morning or in the evening/overnight. There can be days where it will rain all day, but they are few and far between. The months of December – Feb. tend to have the most favorable weather (not so hot during day with little humidity and a little cooler at night).
Do you have dogs?
Yes, we have two dogs, Mia & Milu. They are very friendly and will accompany throughout your stay. If you do not like dogs, then Gitana del Mar might not be the best option for your vacation.
Mia will beg you to play with her by throwing a ball, coconuts, seeds, sticks etc. It is okay to play with her for a short time, however she has epilepsy and if she gets too agitated, she can have a seizure. We ask that you only play with her for a short time and do not take long walks on the beach with her. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
How much money should i bring?
Here in Colombia we use Colombian PESOS. Please bring Cash in Pesos with you.
Between $500,000 – $800,000 COP. This will help cover your tours, transports, tips for staff and guides, some of your bill upon check out etc. WE DO NOT ADVISE TO BRING US DOLLARS OR EUROS. IT IS EASIER TO USE YOUR ATM CARD AND TAKE OUT COLOMBIAN PESOS.
Is there an ATM nearby?
The closest ATM is in Santa Marta (1 hour away). Please get cash out in the airport or in the city of Santa Marta on your way here.
How much do the tours cost?
Tour prices range from $60,000 COP – $250,000 COP per person depending on the tour/adventure.
How long is the drive to Gitana del Mar?
Cartagena – 4.5 Hours in Private Car or Van Transport. In Marsol Van Service – 5 – 6 hours
Barranquilla – 3 Hours in Private Car of Van
Santa Marta – 1 Hour & 15 Min in Private Car or Van
What are our options for transportation?
Private taxi – Contact us for pricing and organization
What should I bring for my vacation at Gitana del Mar?
– bathing suits
– flip flops
– shoes for hikes (like sneakers or tevas)
– light long pants for evenings
(It can get cooler in the evenings)
– long sleeve t-shirts or rash guard to shield from sun when you go river tubing (not necessary but helpful)
– sun glasses
– books to read on time off or journal to write
– Reusable plastic water bottle (BPA Free)
– flashlight or headlamp
– Camera, Go Pro
Marsol Van – Contact Marsol directly for pick up points, pricing and reservations. Your hotel in Cartagena can most likely help your organize transport with Marsol to Gitana del Mar. We can help you organize your trip from Gitana del Mar to Cartagena once you arrive. Typically the vans that will come all the way to Gitana del Mar leave Cartagena around 6:00am and 9:00am. Your Cartagena hotel should organize and make your reservation for you. The vans that leave Gitana del Mar and end in Cartagena leave around 9:00am and 3:00pm.
Bus – It is possible to take large coach buses to/from Cartagena, Barranquilla and Santa Marta. We can organize transport from the Main Bus Terminal in Santa Marta to Gitana del Mar in a private taxi with a trusted driver.
Is the ocean good for swimming?
The ocean (Caribbean Sea) on our beach is a wild and open ocean. It can be rough with big waves and strong currents. There is always some current, even if the waves are small. It is not recommended for young children to swim when it is rough and to never be in the ocean without parent supervision. There are no lifeguards on the beach and you must always take caution when entering the ocean. Swim at your own risk.
Do your rooms have Air Conditioning?
NO, we do not have Air Conditioning (A/C). Gitana del Mar resort an eco-resort, with a focus on lower energy consumption. Each room has high quality ceiling fans and good ventilation.
Do your bathrooms have hot water?
No, our bathrooms do not offer hot water. As an eco-resort focusing on lower energy consumption, we do not offer hot water. The water that comes out of the showers is not too cold and depending on the time of the day it can be closer to room temperature.
Can you drink the tap water?
Please do NOT drink tap water. It is fine for showering and brushing your teeth. We have free drinking water, which you can help yourself to whenever you would like. There is also a bottle for drinking water in your room.
What kind of food do you serve?
Our kitchen prepares fresh and healthy food in a variety of different styles. Our Chef’s Daily Menu offers a new and different menu option daily. Our plates feature fish, seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Our menu focuses on Colombian ingredients and traditional preparations with American, Thai and Mediterranean flavors and influences.
What if I have a food allergy or do not like certain foods?
Please let us know via email about your food allergies and preferences upon booking and securing your reservation.
Can your travel with pets to the resort?
You may NOT travel with pets to Gitana del Mar. We have dogs and all of our neighbors have dogs as well as chickens, horses, donkey etc. No one has fences that can keep their dogs and animals on their property or your dogs and animals off the neighbor’s property. Therefore we cannot be responsible for any of our guests animals and therefore do not accept pets.
How many people fit in one bungalow?
Each Bungalow has a maximum capacity for 3 Adults. If there are small children traveling and staying in the same room as their parents, we can bring an extra mattress on the floor for a child, or a foldable baby crib.
Do you accept children?
Yes we accept well-behaved and respectful children at Gitana del Mar. Our pricing is as follows:
Kids 0-3 years old- FREE
Kids 4-9 years old- 50% discount from normal rate
Kids 10 and up – Normal adult rate
What are the food options for children?
For children 0-3 years old, we can make creamed veggies and fruits, simple pasta, chicken and rice dishes.
Children 4-9 Years Old will receive the same Chef’s Daily Menu as their parents, but if they prefer something else, please let us know in advance and we can prepare a variety of different kids foods such as spaghetti, chicken, French fries, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, simple salads etc.
Are the bars, restaurants or nightlife nearby?
You can order drinks, cocktails, beers and wine from our Bar until about 11 pm. After that you can walk to the only beach bar around Koralia Bar which is only 10 minutes away down the beach from Gitana del Mar. There are no public restaurants, no nightlife and no party scene here.
When are final payments due?
Final balances are due 60 days before the departure date of the trip. If final payments are not received by 60 days prior to departure, YOGASCAPES reserves the right to cancel your reservation and accept new reservations for your space. If you do not think you can pay in time please contact us via email.
Address: 18501 Van Zandt Resort Road, Philo, CA 95466. This is 5 minutes from the town of Philo.
The Land is located approximately 30 miles from big “civilization.” This isolation and tranquility can deepen the experience possible during a stay at The Land yet can be a significant change in environment for many guests.
Internet and Phone Usage: There is cell phone service at The Land, but it can be spotty. The Land also has wireless Internet available at no charge.
Health Services: The Land has no medical services or pharmacy on site. If you will require medical attention or supplies during your stay, please come prepared to administer to your own needs.
Clothing: Please check the weather report in advance of your stay. The Land gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer, so dress accordingly and bring layers when you can. Wear comfortable shoes We are in the great outdoors. Bring a swimsuit for the pool and hot-tub.
The Land is a non-smoking community and is permitted only in designated areas only. Fire safety is of the utmost importance. Smoking is not permitted in any indoor spaces such as accommodations or meeting rooms.
Flashlight: Please bring a flashlight for use at night while walking on the grounds.
Lost and Found: The Land is not responsible for any lost items, or items left after you leave the premises.
While calling The Land an eco-retreat might be going too far, our decisions are always guided by our imperative of being responsible stewards of the land and good neighbors. We’ve always loved old buildings and old things, and like to think these objects possess a spirit of the past and that history has some weight and substance. Secondly, it just makes sense from several perspectives to reuse our resources whenever possible. Most of the buildings at The Land are old.
The front fields are managed for deer and wild turkey (we have quite a few), birds, and wildflowers. Plans to restore our many acres of timber land to its former glory are currently in development.
We realize there is a long way to go and many efforts we can make, and we do believe we are headed in the right direction.
Historic trees of up to 300-years old dot the property, with the renowned Redwood Grove in Hendy Woods State Park, accessible from The Land by forest road. The Navarro River is a significant feature of The Land experience. Bordering the property for thousands of feet with the Rancheria, Anderson and Indian creek tributaries in close proximity to the property makes for great swimming holes and river walks. The miles of forested trails are great for hiking and exploring.
There are 8 houses, 13 cabins and 14 camp sites on The Land.
Designed and established with the help of Daily Bread, The Land’s garden will be a place for teaching and demonstration.
This rare and magnificent treasure is easily accessed, just 2 1⁄2 hours from San Francisco and just an hour from the Santa Rosa airport. It provides a perfect sanctuary of connection.
What can I expect on a YOGASCAPES retreat?
You can expect to explore the most incredible parts of the world, savor delicious flavors daily, and dive into incredible yoga with the best yoga teachers in the world.
Do I need yoga experience?
We welcome yogis of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practioners. Yoga retreats are not just for the yogi who practices every day and can touch the floor with their elbows. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on your mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
How do I pick which yoga retreats to go on?
Start by exploring the Escapes page to see what’s out there, and trust your instincts! We travel to all corners of the world, so whether you are looking to unplug at a tropical oasis, soak in hot springs just a short drive from the city, or gaze into the starry sky in the desert, we offer it all! Check out this blog for more ideas to get you started, and if you have questions, ask!
Can I go on a Retreat by myself?
Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.
How many people will be on the retreats?
Our group sizes depend on which trip you are joining. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate for having a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that can come from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 15-25 guests.
What food can I expect?
We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), as described in the trip description. We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients as often as possible. Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.
What should I bring?
Please see trip description for additional items, but you should generally bring: yoga mat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and a little sense of adventure!
How much free time do we have?
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the yoga and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.
When will I receive trip details?
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message with general trip information. As the date approaches you will receive trip reminders and specifics relevant to your retreat.
Please refer to the “what’s included” section of each trip for more details, but typically we include all lodging, all breakfasts and most other meals. Each trip varies, but we like to include 1-2 excusions and leave the other days for optional activities. All yoga classes are included. Some trips will include transportation from the airport and all trips will include transportation for listed included activities!
When should I book?
We offer discounts for signing up before certain dates, so the earlier you sign up the better your price may be. Check the specific trip you are interested in to make sure you sign up before the next deadline!
Do I need to book my own flight?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details based on when we know you need to be in the airport and you can always send us the itinerary before booking if you want to double check it’s correct!
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?
For most retreats you are responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. You can always request support booking your transfer and we are usually able to pair people up to share in the cost.
What is the currency and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?
All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.
Can I arrive early and stay late?
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at other locations you will need to stay elsewhere.
Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?
Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.
Compare Insurance Options at SquareMouth.com. We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if YOGASCAPES has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:
Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/
For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us
Is my ticket refundable?
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be refunded OR 100% of the trip price minus the deposit will be credited toward another trip. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Do you have discounts available?
We offer a limited number of early-bird prices and students/teachers/artist rates to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials that can be seen by following us on Facebook.
Please contact us directly if you are interested in payment plan. We want to make our trips accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan in certain situations.
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