1 day
1 Km
Physical Effort
8 +

Wiwa Gotsezhy Refuge Tour

Knowing the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta and a one-day tour, knowing the customs and traditions of a native indigenous community called Gotsezhy, may be the best tourist plan you can imagine.

The Gotsezhy Indigenous Refuge, belongs to a Wiwa Community embedded in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, descendants of a millinery culture, called the Tyrone Indigenous people who lived many years ago in what is now known as the Lost City.

Here you will see the Etnoturismo in all its splendor, you will walk through trails covered in tropical jungle with the help of our indigenous guides and enjoy a magical river, to be more exact an ancestral waterfall called Matuna.

Discovering new places where indigenous peoples and nature meet, getting to know the worldview of our elder brothers and recognizing the importance of nature is one of the best Eco-touristic trips to do in Santa Marta.

The indigenous guides are natives of this place, so the visit will be like visiting a friend’s house where you can enjoy the lunch made by the women of the community and appreciate the indigenous crafts. The struggle of this people since the 1980s is a wonderful story, where in the middle of the armed conflict has managed to recover the territories, sacred places and lands for the development and cultural strengthening, that is why with your visit, you contribute with the strengthening cultural and environmental.

PLACE OF DEPARTURESanta Marta, Colombia.
DEPARTURE TIMEThe Departure is scheduled for 5:30 AM
TIME OF RETURNApproximately at 6:00 PM
Local Indigenous Guide.Breakfast and lunch.
Trek a Gotsezhy.Interaction with the Wiwa Indigenous Culture.
Travel Insurance Policy.Contribution to the Indigenous Resguardo.
Rest in hammocks.Transport in Jeep 4 × 4.

Trip to the Indigenous People of Gotsezhy


Tour One Day

They leave at approximately 5:30 a.m. from the place where they are staying, in a 4 × 4 truck we pick up all the hikers in the vehicle, so we can go to the village of Guachaca, where a new road trip begins uncovered until To reach a Wiwa Indigenous Community called Gotsezhy, the journey in the truck will last approximately 2 hours.

At approximately 7:30 am they will be arriving at the Gotsezhy Village where all the travelers get ready to start a small ecological walk.

Here they will observe many Wiwa Indigenous people living together in a community where they will also observe the school of the village and many houses (Indigenous Bohíos).

There they will be able to interact with members of the Wiwa community, observing the indigenous houses (indigenous bohíos), the community school and important sites of the Gotsezhy People.

The Ecological Trek will last approximately 20 minutes (1 km) to reach our destination, the Wiwa Gotsezhy Refuge, a small indigenous community made up of several families, who will make you feel at home, they are all very friendly and helpful, they will show you how they coexist with nature for many years.

At approximately 8:00 am we will have breakfast, prepared by the women based on your eating habits and the delicious indigenous cuisine of this town, almost immediately we will visit some ancestral and cultural places in the company of the MAMO and the indigenous guide, who will they will give spiritual talks and exposition of crafts typical of the Wiwa.

At noon, they will take lunch, rest for a while in the hammocks and then take a walk along paths full of vegetation and go to enjoy a refreshing swim in the ancestral Waterfall Matuna.

After enjoying for more than an hour these crystal clear waters of the Matuna Waterfall, we return to Gotsezhy to take some pictures with the Mamo and the indigenous families that live there. You will walk back to the Gotsezhy Village where the 4 × 4 Vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to Santa Marta.

Nota : The Itinerary of Gotsezhy Tour varies depending on the weather conditions and land transportation means.

Important information for the excursion to Gotsezhy Refuge

During this Trek to the Gotsezhy Refuge, the privacy of the indigenous people must be respected. We must not enter their rooms or take pictures of them or their belongings without first asking permission or talking with the guide to indicate the protocol to follow.
Carry only the essentials, since weight is a determining factor when walking, make sure you are in good physical condition, avoid drinking alcoholic beverages the day before and return all trash to Santa Marta.
Do not damage the natural or cultural property, In the Gotsezhy Refuge and during the tour there is no mobile phone signal, so notify your family and friends that you can only communicate with them once you return from your experience.
During the day the weather is hot and humid, so we recommend wearing comfortable clothes, shirts and walking shorts.

What to take on the Excursion to Gotsezhy Refuge.

A small backpack.Photographic Camera.
Comfortable clothes for walking.Sandals Resistant.
Walking Shoes.Hat or cap.
Swimsuit.Personal medicines.

Reservation Policy

To book this tour per person, a deposit equal to 20% of the total value of the tour is required, through our gateway web payments, the remaining 80% must be canceled at our office Wiwa Tours, the same day we went out to the Gotsezhy Refuge.
As a fundamental requirement to book the Tour to Gotsezhy, you must present in our main Wiwa Tours office, the personal identification card and passport in case of being a foreigner. For the day we left for the tour, it is not necessary to carry the identity document, at least take a copy of it.
To cancel or modify a confirmed reservation, you must contact us 24 hours before the start date of the Tour, during working hours.
Once started the Gotsezhy Tour, no refund of any kind is made.
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