The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in Colombia – the sacred land we’re visiting.
It is such a beautiful privilege, to arrive into a new place, as visitors. We want to fully acknowledge the geology, the forests, the rivers, the ocean, the plants, creatures & people who take part in it. Our modern lives have become so busy, we can forget to be in wonder and awe at the Nature of it all.
‘The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a singular ecosystem. This multi-peaked volcanic massif, located just 25 miles inland from Colombia’s northeastern Caribbean coast and rising to a height of nearly 19,000 feet, is the world’s highest coastal mountain. Shaped like a pyramid—each side approximately 90 miles long—the mountain climbs through multiple ecological zones, from the wetlands and mangroves along the coast, through tropical rain forests, deserts and alpine tundra, until finally reaching the snow-capped peaks. Thousands of plant and hundreds of animal species, dozens of which are endemic, have been found here, including 628 bird species—about equal to what has been identified in the United States and Canada combined. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is drained by more than 30 rivers, which makes it an invaluable water source for the 1.5 million people who live in the cities and towns that circle the base of the mountain.’
Colombia is home to 87 Indigenous Tribes, and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is home to the 4 Tayrona tribes: the Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo.
We have the responsibility as visitors, to know the history of the places we visit, in advance, and to respect the feelings and cultural protocols of long-time local guardians. To all our ticket holders, we’re sending out an arrival guide, with ethics & deeper awareness of the space we are stepping into.
We aim to always give more than we take & support local organizations that we trust. In this case, we will be donating to those that purchase land on behalf of the Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo peoples, for territorial recuperation.