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Immersion in the Kogui Community in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

4.90(2 reviews)Santa Marta

Immersion trip in the Indigenous Community of Aldezhaxa we will learn about their way of life, craftsmanship and crops

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Community, Ecotourismroadtrip:info.difficultyLevel Medio Alto departuresFrom Santa Marta 2 roadtrip:info.days

In the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta the wisdom of nature and the wisdom of its indigenous communities come together. From the Caribbean Sea to the summits of Gonavindua (Pico Bolívar) and Aloglue (Pico Colón), the Kogui communities base their lifestyles on their belief in "Aluna" or "The Great Mother", their creative figure, who they believe is the force behind nature. The Kogi understand that the Earth is a living being, and see humanity as their "children." They say that our actions of exploitation, devastation and plundering of resources are weakening "The Great Mother" and leading to our destruction.

In this two-day immersion we will be able to disconnect from civilization to walk to the mountains and live in a space in sync with nature. We will enjoy nature and experience the way of life of this community. We will talk about his cosmogony, ancestry, relationship with nature, agriculture and his worldview of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

To get to the community it is necessary to walk 8 km uphill, approximately 4 hours, a medium-high level walk.


Day 1

We will leave early from Santa Marta. We will have breakfast on the road. We will begin the walk from the Caribbean trunk road, the walk to reach the community has a distance of approximately 8 km, with an ascent of 700 meters of positive gradient. The entire walk is uphill, and lasts 4 hours according to the pace of the people and the group. Upon arriving at the community you can rest and enjoy the beautiful view of the Tayrona PNN. They will have lunch and in the afternoon we will take a walk through the community, the community is organized into dispersed farms, they will be able to learn how families are organized, their relationship with nature and their way of life around agriculture and crafts.

The Sierra is considered a sacred place, because the mountain geography is compared to a human body, as previously stated. The hills and mountains are masculine, they are mystical characters that give rise to life. The water sources are considered the blood that irrigates the entire body, and the Sierra itself is considered the center of the world.

Within the town there are two temples, one female (un-hũĕ) considered the “elder sister's house” (Kankurua) and another male (hui-téma) considered the “big house” (Kansamaria). We will stay in one of these places where we will have a short talk about its special importance for the communities.

Day 2

Those who want to take a walk to the La Sierra viewpoint should get up at 6 am. After a snack we will make a 1-hour ascent to the top of the mountain where, depending on the weather conditions, you can see the peaks Gonavindua (Pico Bolívar) and Aloglue (Pico Colón). We will return for breakfast. And we will visit a family where we can share their worldview on human existence and their connection with Mother Nature.

After this we will return to pack. You will be able to enjoy this beautiful place. We will have lunch and begin the descent path. On the way we will make a stop at the La Danta well where you can have a refreshing swim. We will finish to return to Santa Marta.


Uldezhaxa Community

This is a Kogui community located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is made up of 40 families who live on dispersed farms with a great affinity with nature.


Public transport Santa Marta - La Revuelta - Santa Marta
1 night accommodation in a hammock
Food: 1 Breakfast - 2 Lunches - 1 Dinner
Carrier to carry luggage (1 small suitcase per person)
Indigenous guide guidance
Economic contribution to the community
Medical assistance insurance


Be in good physical condition to take a walk of 8 km ascent, 4 hours of travel.


Travel equipment: Sunscreen. Insect repellent. Sunglasses. Canteen, thermos or camelback. Towel. Small backpack for personal things.

🥾Travel clothing: It is important to wear comfortable and fresh clothing, it can be quick-drying synthetic clothing. Tennis or closed shoes for hiking, since the path is necessary to protect the foot and have good grip for areas of ascent and descent with slopes. You can also bring some additional sandals. Swimsuit, hat or cap. Backpack, towel (preferably microfiber, because they are light)

It is recommended to bring a diver because it can get cold at night.

🤓 Special recommendations: It is very important to be well protected from the sun and constantly hydrated during the trip. Bring your camera and binoculars to facilitate the observation of fauna and flora.

In these places it is advisable to have the Yellow Fever vaccine. If you take specific medications, take them with you. It never hurts to carry a personal first aid kit.

It is important to carry some identification document


4.90(2 reviews)

Avatar Sandra

Una experiencia increíble. Para los que no estamos tan acostumbrados al trekking es bastante retador pero vale la pena....

Avatar Hugo

Gran inmersión a la comunidad Kogui, el guía Patricio y la comunidad muy amables, experiencia auténtica. Muy recomendado....


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