1 day
Esfuerzo Fisico
5 km
Scheduled Departures
10 +


The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Tour, it will be a cultural exchange excursion with the Wiwa indigenous people in the Gotsezhy Refuge. Know in depth the customs and traditions of the Wiwa indigenous community can be the best tourist plan that you can do in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

The indigenous guides are natives of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, so the trip to this destination will be like visiting a friend’s house, where you can enjoy the lunch made by the women of the community and appreciate indigenous crafts.

The struggle of this people since the 1980s is a wonderful story, where in the midst of the armed conflict it has managed to recover the territories, sacred places and lands for development and cultural strengthening, that is why with your visit, you contribute with the strengthening of cultural and environmental.

The Gotsezhy Indian Refuge, belongs to a Wiwa Village embedded in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, descendants of an ancient culture, called the Tayrona Indians that lived many years ago in what is now known as the lost City Colombia.

The Matuna Waterfall in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

In this community you will see the Ethno-tourism at its finest Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta tour crossing trails covered with tropical jungle with the help of our indigenous guides, you will enjoy a magical river, to be more exact an ancestral waterfall called Matuna.

Discover new places where Indigenous villages and nature meet, knowing in depth the worldview of our older brothers and recognizing the importance of nature is one of the best Eco-Tourist trips to perform in Santa Marta.

DEPARTURE PLACE Wiwa Tours Main Office in Santa Marta
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive early at the indicated meeting point for a prompt departure at 6:00 AM
RETURN TIME At approximately 4:30 PM.
TOTAL VALUE The price for the Gotsezhy Tour is:
$220 USD – 1 PAX
$157 USD – 2 PAX
$144 USD – 3 PAX
$130 USD – 4 PAX
From 4 people and up, the rate of $130 USD per person remains the same.
Transport in Van or 4 × 4 Jeep Native Indigenous Guide
Lunch Travel insurance
Group chat with Mamo. Wiwa Handicrafts Exhibition.
Contribution to the Indigenous Community Contribution to the Peasant Community
IMPORTANT We remind you that we have discounts for groups wishing to book this Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Tour.
The Gotsezhy Refuge Trek is the other option you can do.
Keep in mind that the Gotsezhy Tour is an adventure excursion through uncovered roads surrounded by jungle, typical of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Each traveler is responsible for their belongings, Wiwa Tours is not responsible for garments or articles lost in the Cabin or on the Trail.


Activities to do in the Gotsezhy Santa Marta Refuge


Day 1: Tour to Gotsezhy

The tour starts at approximately 6:00 am in Santa Marta, from the main office of Wiwa Tours, in a 4 × 4 truck.
After all the travelers are on board the 4 × 4 vehicle, we head towards the village of Guachaca.
From this point, a new route begins on an uncovered road until reaching the Wiwa Indigenous Community call Gotsezhy, the tour in the van will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Santa Marta.
At approximately 9:00 am they will be arriving at the Gotsezhy village where all travelers get ready to start a small ecological walk.
Here you will observe a lot of Wiwa Indigenous living in their community, here they will observe the school of the village and numerous houses (Bohíos Indígenas).
The Ecological Trek It will last approximately 20 minutes (1 Km) until we reach our destination, Wiwa Gotsezhy Shelter, a small indigenous community made up of several families who were trained in tourism to protect their culture from the impact that tourism generates.
MAMO is the spiritual leader of Gotsezhy, he will be welcoming them and with him, they will visit some ancestral and cultural places in the company of the indigenous guide, who will give them spiritual talks.
Being in this Wiwa community they will appreciate the natural settings of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta The indigenous people will make you feel at home, they are all very friendly and helpful, they will show you how they have lived together for many years in harmony with nature.
They rest for a while in the hammocks and then undertake an ecological walk along paths full of vegetation and go to enjoy a refreshing swim in the Matuna ancestral waterfall.
After enjoying for more than an hour these crystalline waters of the Matuna waterfall, we return to Gotsezhy to take some photographs with the Mamo and the indigenous families that live there.
At approximately 12:00 pm, they will have lunch prepared only by the Wiwas women, delicious indigenous gastronomy of this town.
The indigenous guide It will give an explanation of the Maguey process and the extraction of the fique, raw material in the elaboration of fabrics and backpacks.
After the Wiwas women they will give an exhibition of handicrafts typical of the Wiwa culture, made with the fique that the indigenous men extract from the Maguey.
At the end of the day, they will walk back to the Gotsezhy Village where the 4 × 4 Vehicle will be waiting for them to take them back to the City of Santa Marta.

Note : The Itinerary of the excursion to Gotsezhy It may vary depending on weather conditions or the means of land transportation.

Important Information of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Tour

During this Gotsezhy Refuge Tour, they must respect the privacy and culture of the indigenous Wiwa. We should not enter their huts, or take photographs of them or their belongings, without first informing the indigenous guide to request the proper permission.

Carry only the essentials in your suitcase, since weight is a determining factor when walking long distances, make sure you are in good physical condition, avoid drinking alcoholic beverages the day before and try to return all garbage to Santa Marta.

Not damage natural or cultural assets in Gotsezhy. During the tour there is no mobile phone signal, so tell your family and friends that you will only be able to communicate with them once you return from your experience.

During the day the weather is hot and humid, so we recommend wearing comfortable clothes, T-shirts and shorts for walking; In the afternoon hours there is a greater presence of mosquitoes and other insects, it is important to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to carry out cultural activities.

What to bring to the Gotsezhy Refuge Tour

A small backpack. Photographic camera.
Comfortable clothes for walking. Sturdy sandals.
Walking shoes. Hat or cap.
Bio-Repellent. Sunscreen.
Biodegradable Cleaning Tools. Swimsuit.
Personal medicines. Vaccine – Yellow Fever (optional).

Reservation Policies

To reserve this tour, a deposit per person is required, equivalent to 30% of the total value of the tour, through our web payment gateway, the remaining 70% must be paid at the Wiwa Tours office, the same day we leave for the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
The identity document is a fundamental requirement to reserve the Gotsezhy tour For nationals, a copy of the personal identification card or passport in case of being a foreigner. For the day we go out on the tour, it is not necessary to bring your identity document, at least bring a copy of it.
To cancel or modify a confirmed reservation, you must contact us 48 hours before the start of the Tour, during business hours.
Once the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Tour, no refund of any kind is made.

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5.00 based on 1 review
8 de April de 2021

What a wonderful experience my trip to the Gotsezhy indigenous community was last month as I really got a first-hand insight into the Wiwa culture and traditions from your indigenous guide.

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