Jan 22 - Feb 19 2021
4 weeks Coliving & Coworking from the jungle
Located between the Caribbean beaches of Playa Blanca and the spectacular mountains of the Sierra Nevada - Santa Marta showcases the best of Colombia’s natural beauty. From stunning sunsets after work to unforgettable weekend trips in the jungle, its location provides all the elements required for a perfect chapter.
Please read the following abstracts with COVID precautions in mind!
Tayrona National Park
This protected national part is situated on the coast yet harbours miles of forested mountains, a seemingly infinite amount of luscious palm trees, and multiple beaches. Accessible by public bus, Tayrona National Park makes up for the perfect weekend gateway!
Taste the most amazing Caribbean food!
After a hard day at work, why not reward yourself with some fresh pargo (snapper) or langostinos (warm water lobsters). Santa Marta’s unique location is also synonymous with incredible food. From the freshest seafood to the juiciest fruits, every meals are guaranteed to be a unique experience.
Give a new meaning to lazy days on the beach
Spend the day sunbathing or playing volleyball on Playa Blanca, a stunning beach with white sand and turquoise water. For an even experience, take a very short boat trip to nearby secluded beaches!
Hike through the jungle to find the Lost City
Hiking through the jungle to find this ancient settlement built over a thousand years ago makes up for the perfect day trip.
Discover the Caribbean’s marine life
Harbouring incredibly clear and warm waters, Santa Marta is an amazing place to go Scuba Diving for the day! Not certified yet? You’re in luck ! Santa Marta and the nearby village of Taganga are some of the cheapest locations in the world to get certified. With countless word renown schools, exploring the Caribbean’s life will never be easier here...
Our Home in Santa Marta
We'll be calling 4 villas our home in downtown Santa Marta. 2-3 blocks from each other. In total we'll have 22 rooms available, all of them ensuite. We've selected these spaces specifically with COVID front of mind – the ideal set-up during times with lots of outdoor community space: all of them have an "open air" concept, meaning a lot of common areas as semi outdoor, including pools in each house.
Restaurants, cafés and the beach are just around the corner from where we are staying (keep the COVID precautions in mind) which makes it really easy to go and explore the city or go for a morning run along the ocean.
The accommodation comes equipped with good internet, AC, open common areas for work, ..a Coliving setup that will make is easy for us all to be productive, feel comfortable, and have the freedom to explore this amazing country!
Here you can see a collection of photos of our Coliving homes in Santa Marta
If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to live in Santa Marta as a ‘digital nomad’, including internet speeds, cost of living, and coworking spaces, have a look at Nomad List’s guide. Internet speeds and stability is generally very good for the region. But we always have MiFi devices with mobile data as backups in all homes to make sure that we can keep working productively if there are any stability issues.
Ready to Join our Tribe in Santa Marta
January 22 - February 19, 2021
Santa Marta is a Tier 2 chapter. 4 week prices start from:
Private Room: $1800
Shared Room: $1100
Note: the rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All shared rooms are between 2-3 people.
What to Expect?
Jungle/ Beach / Surfing / Culture / Relaxed / Nature / Food
- Accommodation: 4 villas in 2-3 blocks walking distance to each other in downtown Santa Marta
- Work Space: Each villa comes equipped with a spacious work table in the common living area
- The Tribe: 25 members
- Internet: 100mbps fibre connection, typical city internet speeds of 6 mpbs
- Pace: Think Caribbean beaches, jungle hikes, and almost too much fresh air. This Chapter will feel more like a retreat with exotic birds as alarm clocks and jungle vines as your real Zoom background
I'm New to this... How does it Work?
WiFi Tribe has an annual chapter plan model: Successful applicants choose how often they want to travel with the tribe within a year and decide what chapter plan they would like. You can find out more about chapter plan prices here.
Are there changes to Chapters due to COVID?
With borders starting to open up again, we collaborated with our community to decide what our first chapters should look like – both in terms of the fun, and the necessary adaptations. With over 100 responses, we've had a lot of feedback and great ideas to work with, so you'll see a few changes to adapt to the current global pandemic.
Most importantly, we all have a responsibility to the local communities that host us in their countries to keep them safe. Of course, we are also introducing new guidelines and policies to keep one another safe and healthy while we live here together.
As you read through our guidelines below, you will see a combination of all the local government guidelines, as well as additional measures to ensure safety for everyone as we travel and live together. In addition, there will be measures specific to each chapter that will be shared with the people attending that chapter during the 2-week online meet-and-greet.
Every Tribe member has been welcomed into WiFi Tribe because we felt that there was an alignment with our 6 values: Respect, Humility, Camaraderie, Curiosity, Passion, and Inclusion. Now, it is more important than ever that we choose to live by them every day. We will enforce the following protocols as necessary, but we are confident that every member on this Chapter will respect fellow Tribe members and the local community.
Last time updated, January 20th 2021:
In addition to all of our usual considerations, we are focusing on the following:
- Lower rates of Covid-19 infections
- Places with greater travel accessibility (e.g., no quarantine requirements upon arrival)
- Larger properties a little bit further outside of main cities
- Having enough space for everyone to be comfortable
- Accessible local medical services
- Beautiful surrounding nature for walks and adventures where it is easier to social distance
- Properties that will allow us to be independent and, if necessary, limit our contact with the local community.
This means that chapter locations will more likely take on a more retreat style feel, similar to our iconic Bolivia chapter.
For more information check out this article.
From 19 September 2020, entry to Colombia from abroad is permitted.
Following an announcement by the Colombian Government, direct flights to/from London have been suspended until further notice. As of 22 December, you also cannot enter Colombia if your journey began in the UK.
IMPORTANT: While Colombia’s entry restrictions are based on your travel point of origin, not your passport, please make sure you double check your eligibility to enter the country by contacting your local Colombian embassy, regardless of your nationality or origin of travel, to confirm your continued eligibility.For more information:
Our group sizes are already limited to 25 members whether there’s a pandemic or not.
Back in August, we didn’t customize the size of the Chapter to the type of housing we secured. We made a blanket rule to have a maximum of 18 attendees on a Chapter. Since this decision, we’ve decided to now cap the number of participants depending on the type of accommodation and the location, instead.
For example, if we have a property with ample space inside and outdoors, lots of ensuite bathrooms, and well-ventilated community spaces, then we can host a larger group. However, if our home is compact and missing key amenities, then we’ll reduce the group size to a number that’s appropriate for the space.
Our focus has and always will be, the building of a solid, amazing community made up of brilliant, kind, conscientious people. These new chapters moving forward are going to be great for those of you that really want to build amazing relationships and be somewhere beautiful, spacious and rich in natural beauty.
If you feel like you need something more stimulating with a lot of events and people everywhere then it may be better for you to wait it out a little longer for chapters later this year or next year.
New Prevention Protocols
Every Chapter has a protocol document tailored to the specific location we’re in. This document details everything about the local regulations, where to get tested, and what numbers to call if symptoms appear. It’s sent to everybody who is participating in the Chapter before we arrive.
In addition to receiving location-specific information, we’ve created guidelines for what members can and cannot do while attending a Chapter. Using internationally recognized methods for mitigating the spread of Covid-19, members must ask themselves four questions to assess if an activity or situation is safe:
If I go there or join that activity...
- Can I wear a mask?
- Can I socially distance myself (at least 2m)?
- Is it an open and well-ventilated area?
- Will less than 50 people be in attendance?
If the answer is “no” for any of these questions, that activity doesn’t pass the test and is discouraged. If any member participates in an activity that has made others feel unsafe, we also reserve the right to ask that person to self-isolate and take a PCR test at their own cost.
Your safety is our main priority which is why travel health insurance is required to participate in this chapter. While not required, we strongly recommend that you obtain an insurance policy that will cover the event of contracting COVID-19. Our partner Safety Wings has a very comprehensive insurance.
Please note that it is your responsibility to double check your health coverage.
It’s going to be a little harder to social distance while living with others, so we need to be extra mindful to ensure everyone's safety and comfort. We require the following:
- Don’t go in each other’s bedrooms if you don’t need to.
- Reduce physical contact with other members as much as possible.
- If you go out, please ensure that you wash your hands when coming back into the house. Routinely disinfect your hands with alcohol gels and antibacterial wipes etc.
- After using communal spaces please make the extra effort to keep them tidy and disinfect the surfaces. Your chapter host will make sure that there is a healthy supply of high quality cleaning products to do this.
- While on chapter, members cannot attend gatherings with 50+ people.
Please consider where you are going - if you individually decide to do an activity like go to a gathering, or crowded place, you could put your fellow Tribers and the local community at risk. Please think about going on adventures that keep you together with the Tribe and involve big open spaces with plenty of light and ventilation.
Members can not bring external visitors to the Chapter accommodations. This includes any non-Chapter members as well as external visitors meaning dates, family, or friends who may be in the same city as the Chapter.
To further ensure everyone’s safety, Bonus Tribing will not be available on this chapter.
An iconic part of any chapter are the weekend trips. We would want those to continue. But now we ask that we think carefully about where we go, the logistics around how we get there and where we stay. Please consider the following when planning weekend trips:
Can we get private transport? (e.g. hiring cars, hiring a private bus)
Can we avoid the use of the airport and still get there in a timely manner?
Is the property or accommodation set up to deal with the number of people going?
If someone starts to feel unwell, can we get to a local hospital? Can that local hospital deal with potential covid-19 infections?
Are there plenty of activities that make it easy to social distance?
As of October 21st 2020, you are not expected to quarantine upon arrival unless you test positive for covid-19.
For our Chapters occurring in January and February 2021, all attending members will have to take a PCR test within a few days of arriving.
For all Chapters beyond February 2021, attending members will need to complete a PCR test no more than 96 hours before arriving (regardless of the country's entry requirements). With more countries requiring a negative COVID test for entry, we're aligning our guidelines to adhere to these stricter standards. Members can complete the test in any country and will email proof of their negative test result to the Chapter Host prior to arrival.
- Masks must be worn by adults and children over the age of six when outdoors, in public transport or in enclosed public spaces, except when eating or drinking, doing physical exercise and/or if you are disabled or have a respiratory condition.
- You must keep an interpersonal distance (set at 1.5 metres).
- You cannot smoke cigarettes, vape or use any other smoking device unless you can ensure that you are at least two metres away from other people.
- The use of products for individual hygiene (hydroalcoholic gels and soap) is encouraged.
- To operate, hotels and tourism accommodations must have a government issues biosecurity certificate.
- The sale of alcoholic beverages is currently not permitted in bars or restaurants .
Specific Measures https://colombia.travel/en/covid-19-lockdown
The local health number to call in case of Covid symptoms is 301 273 77 83. You can find here the full guide: https://www.minsalud.gov.co/salud/publica/PET/Documents/coronavirus-telefonos.pdf
If you start feeling unwell, the first thing you need to do is:
Contact your chapter host immediately. You should send a message on Slack and explain your symptoms. Please note that depending on your symptoms we might be required to follow the local health protocols.
Regardless of the symptoms, please limit your contact with other people and wear your mask.
Your chapter host will assist you if you need to go to the hospital or we need to send for a doctor.
You will need to follow up with your insurance policy to deal with any costs but the host will be there to support and keep checking in to make sure you’re doing okay.
We are a family, so be considerate and kind. If you can help with preparing healthy food or doing a little extra grocery shopping to help and keep your fellow Triber well fed and feeling loved, then let's do that and get through it together.
We recommend that you bring any medicine you may need with you to troubleshoot minor ailments. To prevent misunderstanding at customs, please ensure you bring them in their original packaging. For any medication that requires a prescription, please make sure you bring the original transcript. As a starting point we suggest to bring:
Please bring a working digital thermometer so that your temperature can also be checked.
As of October 21st 2020:
You must present a mandatory negative PCR (Covid 19) test. The test results cannot be older than 96 hrs before your trip.
You are required to fill out, the pre-registration 'Check-Mig' form, before entering the migration. You can find the Check-Mig form here: www.migracioncolombia.gov.co.
You must download the Corona App and track your location for the first 14 days of your stay. You can find the app here: https://coronaviruscolombia.gov.co/Covid19/aislamiento-saludable/coronapp.html
Important: If you test positive, you will be denied entry. We strongly recommend you revisit their site periodically and 72-48 hrs before your departure. https://colombia.travel/en/reopening-international-flights-colombia
All of our Chapter Hosts will follow a robust process if someone in the group becomes unwell, needs to self isolate, or tests positive for Covid-19. Our processes are taken from EU medical authorities and will work in combination with all local protocols.
At a high-level, if anyone tests positive we’re requiring all members to self-isolate until a medical professional can administer a new test at least 4 days from their last contact with the ill person. If a government provides separate housing for those with a positive test, we’ll work with local authorities to safely move them to the approved location. If governments don’t provide housing, we’ll help the ill member secure new accommodations immediately and arrange transportation that limits human contact as much as possible.
Do these guidelines make a Chapter Covid-19 proof? No, they don’t. We recognize the impossibility of completely eliminating the risks. Our aim is to limit our exposure as much as we can and make decisions that protect local communities, our members, and teammates.
If you feel that a member is doing something that puts you at risk, you have the following options:
Fill out the anonymous reporting form
Speak directly to your chapter host
Speak to the people involved and ask them to be more considerate. This approach is very much dependent on the situation and the people involved so this is not an expectation but an option.
We would ask everybody to remember that when living in a collective situation, you have to be mindful of people around you. We reserve the right to ask people to leave if they are taking unnecessary risks and putting others in danger. So we ask that you don’t take these things lightly regardless of your personal views on the matter.
This system also applies to any other grievances that pertain to any instances of things like harassment, bullying or other forms of abuse. Please see our Terms and Condition for more details.
Due to the constantly changing nature of travel WiFi Tribe is not liable for specific travel restrictions or cancellations. Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance and buy flexible tickets. For further information please look at section 10 & 11 of our Terms and Conditions.
We are constantly monitoring the number of cases and local governmental response. We will be evaluating the situation as things change and keep you informed of any changes to our current plans. For further information please look at our Terms and Conditions.
We are in a privileged position where, if needed, we can comfortably be quarantined in our location. If a quarantine was necessary, the properties are equipped to help us spend an extended period of time in lockdown agreeably.
In addition, we will be monitoring the country’s security measures and keeping Tribers informed. Any lockdown that Colombia has imposed in the past has limited people from coming into the country, but has not limited people from returning to their home countries. So, if people decide to leave, they should be able to do so.
We are aiming for a self check-in as seamless as possible. We will send you the instructions via slack a couple of days before your arrival with all the relevant details (which villa/house/apartment, bedroom etc). Your chapter host will be present to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
If there are any issues with the property contact your chapter host
You will find automatic tellers. Most shops accept payment by credit card and some will accept USD cash.