Get a serious adrenaline rush with a private kitesurfing lesson
Whip across the waves in one of the country’s premier surfing spots
Unwind for a few hours on a broad secluded beach
“It’s the best sport on earth,” says kitesurfer Christina Varveris, “because you’re constantly learning new tricks. You never get bored, because it’s never the same ride twice. And when you’re gliding out on the waves, you forget about anything else—hunger, thirst, any problems back on land. It’s just you, the kite, the board, and the ocean.” Varveris, a former journalist and Swiss expat, took up the sport nearly a decade ago, and quickly mastered the intricate art of reading the breeze, skimming the waves, and catching the wind just right. Her passion led naturally into teaching, and after quitting her day job, she founded Pure Kitesurf, now one of Cartagena’s top kitesurfing outfits. Varveris and her multilingual instructors base themselves just south of the Conrad at secluded Manzanillo del Mar beach, whose steady winds and minimal waves make for an ideal classroom. For the uninitiated, Varveris says, the only prerequisite is knowing how to swim; she and her crew will take care of the rest. Choose either a private or group class for the two-to-three-hour introductory lesson. The first half is devoted to getting familiar with the equipment and maneuvering the kite on the beach, while the second half takes you into the water to learn the basics of body drag, kite handling, and relaunch. If you get hooked, sign up for the full nine-hour program (held over three or four days). For those already up to speed, Pure Kitesurf can rent you all the necessary equipment.
The Conrad concierge can help you book your introductory lesson (or a longer multiday course) with Pure Kitesurf, or contact them directly. Manzanillo del Mar beach is just a 10-minute taxi ride south of the Conrad.