The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta , in a mountainous system, considered the highest in the world by the sea , since its highest snow-capped peaks (the Cristóbal Colon and Simón Bolívar peaks) reach 5775 meters above sea level.
UNESCO declared it Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site , in 1979. This mountain in Colombia has all the thermal levels, from the warmest at sea level to the coldest in the snow-capped mountains.
All its basins are characterized by their immense beauty and natural exuberance, being the only coastline in the world where there are mountains and snow-capped mountains so close to the sea, thus offering all climates and a wonderful wealth of biodiversity , ecosystems, hydrography, fauna, flora and most importantly its indigenous communities that protect and care for mother nature with an authority.
Currently the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta It is a destination inhabited and cared for by more than 30,000 indigenous people direct descendants of the ancient Tayronas , included between the Kogui, Wiwa, Arhuacos and Kankuamos ethnic groups, cultures that still conserve sustainable customs and traditions.
That is why Indigenous should be the operators tourist in charge of excursions to different destinations and communities natives. They are protectors of mother earth, their sustainable customs transform traditional tourism and make it a Special ecotourism .
It is considered by native indigenous like his home, a territory full of wisdom and nature, each step along its paths is a direct encounter with a natural beauty unique in the world.
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta It is the place where the Tayrona Indians lived for more than 500 years known for the legacy of Teyuna, the story tells that Teyuna was the origin of the mother Nature and from heart of the world .
Map of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta has a total area of 21,158 square kilometers, which includes three departments of Colombia (Magdalena, Cesar and La Guajira)
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA
NATIONAL PARKS: • The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park • Tayrona National Natural Park
ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARKS: • Pueblito Chayrama Archaeological Park
• Teyuna Archaeological Park – Lost City Tayrona
Where is the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta located – Limits:
• On the North Face it limits with the Caribbean Sea, from the mouth of the Córdoba river in the Magdalena department to the mouth of the Ranchería river in the Guajira department.
• On the Western Face it limits with the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, between the rivers, Río Frío and Río Ariguani.
• On the South Western Face it limits with the extensive valley formed by the rivers, Río Cesar, Río Ranchería and Serranía del Perijá, the arm where the Andes mountain range in Colombia dies.
Sustainable tourism in Ecotourism, Hiking, Ethno-tourism, Bird Watching and Adventure Excursions.
How to get to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta?
This mountainous system is home to wonderful tourist destinations and they are distributed among the 3 departments that comprise the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena, Cesar and La Guajira. To visit the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park, you must arrive in the city of Santa Marta, either by plane or by car.
While in the city, you must take an excursion, since it is a mountainous destination with difficult access.
Next, we mention the most outstanding tourist places of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta that you must visit:
• Lost City Tayrona
• Wiwas and Koguis Indigenous Communities
• La Tagua
• San Lorenzo
• Cerro Kennedy
If you want to know any of these natural settings with Indigenous Guides, write to us and our advisers will put together the best plan for you.