Located in the north of Colombia, in the departments of Magdalena, La Guajira and Cesar lies the majestic mountain range of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta and its snow-capped peaks, the highest coastal mountain range in the world. Only 22 km separate the mountainsides from the Caribbean Sea. Its highest peak is the Colón peak, which rises up to 5775 meters. The Sierra is home to the Teyuna Archaeological Park (the Ciudad Perdida, or Lost City), birthplace of the Tayrona Indians, the largest indigenous civilization in the country. About thirty thousand native Tayrona descendants, belonging to the Kogi, Arhuaco, Kankuamo and Wiwa ethnic groups and the "older brothers" still live there. UNESCO declared the Sierra Nevada a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site in 1979. A lot of work on recovery, research and conservation takes place in the park. The major tourist activity is hiking along cultural and historical trails. The wildlife in the park is extremely rich, there are jaguars, tapirs, deer, paramos, condors, paujil, mountain parrots and many others. The landscapes of this region are enchanting: rainforest, mountains, snowy peaks, coffee crops and exotic flowers, natural pools, waterfalls... The wealth of this region is also in its population, indigenous people who have lived there for centuries, with an ancient mystic culture. The cultivation of coffee and cocoa is also very present in the region.

Pictures of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta © Tristan Quevilly
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