Gotsezhy is a Wiwa Village embedded in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is located in the Guachaca River Basin via Santa Marta to Riohacha, Kilometer 49.
This town was founded in 1986 by the spiritual leader Mamo Ramon Gil Barro of the Wiwa ethnic group, one of the four groups of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Ade Ramón came from the department of La Guajira, and by indications from other Mamos and from consultations with traditional and spiritual authorities, he came to the Guachaca basin to form a new community, under his leadership.
Currently, this basin is the Wiwa territory of the department of Magdalena and represents almost 10% of the totality of the Wiwa people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, it also represents the political, cultural and educational center for this part of the Sierra.
Starting in the 80s, after being founded Gotsezhy, three other population centers were created, of which the following are called Toleizhy (La Peña), this center is located at 100 MSNM, about 10 minutes from the village of Guachaca, Toleizhy is currently a place for the training of new leaders and Mamos of the Wiwa people. Currently, it has more than 8 houses for the Mamos and leaders who are trained there.
The other town is called Wimake This village is located at the head of the Guachaca River, where the river is born, very close to a height of 1,800 meters above sea level. There are approximately 30 families, of which they have health posts, an educational center and the ceremonial houses of men and women. This community that practically depends on agriculture and hunting for its livelihood. This community was founded at the end of the 80s, in 1989.
Finally, the traditional educational center Kalabangága, a place located more than 2,000 meters above the level of the more, is a center that only forms the Mamos, a sacred site for the Wiwa people, it is a place to make payments and rituals for the sanitation of the territory and the people, for This represents a place of great importance.
At present, projects are being developed with the Colombian government and with the support of local and international foundations, indigenous and territorial organizations, environmental protection processes are being carried out, with emphasis on the ancestral knowledge that still survives in these millenary cultures.
An encounter with nature and the Wiwa indigenous culture of Gotsezhy
If you want to escape from the city and get lost in the Sierra Nevada jungle in search of a connection with indigenous culture and nature, the Trek Refuge Gotsezhy Is the best option.
One of the wonders of this place is its fantastic waterfall that looks like something out of a story, called Matuna waterfall excellent for cooling off and swimming in pure, crystal clear waters.
Besides, the Gotsezhy indigenous community It is a Wiwa population that still preserves its language, its culture, its customs and ways of life, all these characteristics of this town are available to our travelers, so that they can be main actors and interact with this native indigenous culture of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
This community is located 120 meters above sea level, it is a warm area due to the cozy climate of the place and its majestic rivers of white sand that makes the waters look crystal clear. You will be able to learn with the local guides, the importance of the relationship with nature, as part of the worldviews of the indigenous peoples of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta holds, among many things, the millinery cultures, the unique traditions that characterize the indigenous peoples of the Sierra, the mega biodiversity and also legends and stories of the region. This mountain is home to imposing landscapes, rivers, waterfalls and new surprises to discover.
So do not miss the opportunity to visit the Gotsezhy Indigenous Community, a native indigenous town embedded in the middle of the Sierra Nevada, the rainforest and indigenous cultures.
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