2 days
10 Km
Physical Effort
15 +

Sierra Nevada Santa Marta Hiking – Gotsezhy Refuge

The fashionable tourist option is the Sierra Nevada Santa Marta Hiking, it is called the Trek to the Gotsezhy Refuge, because tourists can take an ecological hike in family or in groups and thus visit and interact with a Wiwa Indigenous Community during the tour to the Sierra Nevada, learning from their culture, beliefs, customs, values ​​and sustainable knowledge systems that articulate the lives of the Wiwa Indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the balance they maintain with nature.

They will know in detail how the Wiwa indigenous maintain sustainable customs with the environment, they will learn how their tissues work based on the MAGUEY, this native plant of America that is used for the elaboration of diverse products such as: handles, backpacks, key chains, and hammocks.

Without a doubt the Etnoturismo in all its splendor. In this indigenous community of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, Community and Sustainable Tourism is carried out, where with its support the social, economic and cultural development of the Wiwa Gotsezhy Refuge is promoted.

Gotsezhy Refuge, The best Sierra Nevada Santa Marta Tour

The Gotsezhy Refuge Trek , is a hike through ecological trails to a small Indigenous village Wiwa embedded in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta at 450 meters above sea level that houses approximately more than 50 Wiwa families, the region is crossed by a river that It is named after the town “Elecanto”. Considered as a cultural, educational, administrative and political center of the Wiwa people of the Magdalena Department.

Thanks to our Indigenous Guides of Wiwa Tours, we will have the opportunity to know in depth all the culture and indigenous customs, typical of our elder brothers who live in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and who have a relationship of harmony with nature and the environment ambient.

Matuna Waterfall

This spectacular Natural Waterfall is one of the main attractions of the Gotsezhy Refuge. It is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and in this ancestral waterfall travelers can cool off and swim peacefully in its crystal clear waters. You must know this hidden wonder that the Gotsezhy Refuge has.

PLACE OF DEPARTURE Santa Marta, Colombia.
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at 8:15 AM to the indicated meeting point for an early departure at 8:30 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately at 4:30 PM in the last day of the tour.
Native Indigenous Guide. Meals and a Wiwa water bottle.
Trek to the Gotsezhy Refuge. Interaction with the Wiwa Culture.
Travel Insurance. Transport in a 4×4 jeep and hiking trails.
Accommodation in Hammocks. A Contribution to indigenous and peasant communities.

Trek to the Gotsezhy Indigenous Community


Day 1 - Departure

We leave at approximately 8:00 a.m. from the Wiwa Tours main office in Santa Marta, in a 4 × 4 vehicle, bound for the Gotsezhy Indigenous Community. We will be arriving at about 9:30 am at the village of Guachaca, where we will begin the trekking of approximately two hours to Gotsezhy Refuge. We arrive to the Indigenous Community of Gotsezhy, where we will take a break and settle, and then interact with the Wiwa community that inhabits this region. After that it is time to take a traditional lunch with the Indigenous Community, rest and then visit the surroundings of Gotsezhy, interacting with the culture and traditions of the indigenous Wiwa, natives of the region, we will also enjoy a refreshing bath at Guachaca River and in the enchanted waterfall Matuna. At approximately 17:00 p.m. we meet and chat with the indigenous guide about the customs and cultural traditions, 2 hours later we will be resting until the next day.


Day 2 - Indigenous Community Gotsezhy

The day starts getting up early to have breakfast, and immediately we will visit ancestral and cultural places, with talks and exhibition of handicrafts typical of the Wiwa. Around noon we will have lunch, we rest and then get ready and start the trek down to Guachaca, where the 4 × 4 vehicle will be waiting for taking us back to the city of Santa Marta at about 4:00 p.m.

Note : The Itinerary the Trek to the Gotsezhy Refuge varies depending on the weather conditions and land transportation means.

Important Information for the Excursion to Gotsezhy Refuge

During this Trek to Gotsezhy Refuge you must respect the privacy of the Indigenous. We must not enter into their rooms or take pictures of them or their belongings without first asking them permission or talking with the guide to indicate what the protocol to follow is.

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 take back with you all trash to Santa Marta.

Do not damage natural or cultural assets. In the Gotsezhy Refuge and during the tour there is no mobile phone signal, so notify your family and friends that you can only get in touch with them once you return from your trekking experience.

During the day the weather is hot and humid, so we recommend wearing comfortable clothes, shirts and walking shorts; during the night the temperature drops to 14 C approximately and there are a lot of mosquitoes and other insects, it is important to wear long pants and long sleeves shirts to sleep and to use insect repellent.

What to take on the Trek to Gotsezhy Refuge.

A small backpack. Photographic camera.
Comfortable clothes for walking. Resistant Sandals.
Walking shoes. Hat or cap.
Bio-Repellent. Sunscreen.
Biodegradable Toilet Tools. A flashlight.
Swimsuit. Plastic bags for moisture.
Personal medicines. Vaccine against yellow fever.

Reservation Policy.

To book this tour per person, a deposit of 10% of the total value of the tour is required, through our web payment gateway, the remaining 90% must be canceled at our Wiwa Tours office, the same day we leave for The Indigenous Community of Gotsezhy.
As a fundamental requirement to book Tour to the Indigenous Community Gotsezhy, you must present your personal ID and passport in case of being a foreigner at our Wiwa Tour main office. It is not necessary to carry the identity document the day we leave for the tour. Just take at copy of it.
To cancel or modify a confirmed reservation, you must contact us 24 hours before the starting date of the Tour, during working hours.
Once The Wiwa Refuge Gotsezhy begins, no refund of any kind will be made.
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
January 6, 2018

Excellent destination to disconnect from the outside world.
The Indigenous Wiwa community is very friendly.

March 11, 2019

The Trek to Gotsezhy Refuge was very good, approximately 4 hours of walking until arriving at the indigenous village. They are all very helpful from the guide to the women and children wiwas.
Very nice experience in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

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