Indigenous culture in Santa Marta

Indigenous culture Santa Marta. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is home to four indigenous peoples: Kogui, Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kankuamo, for these four communities the Sierra Nevada is the heart of the world, the land they love and care for. For years these peoples have played a crucial role in the preservation of biodiversity and the sustainability of the region. They have also been recognized by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage of humanity. 

How to reach indigenous peoples? 

Thanks to the development of a tourist alternative it is now possible to know and visit the cultures and customs of these wonderful people, to reach them you have to travel to the city of Santa Marta, there you can consult and investigate which village you would like to visit, to reach most of them you can only go by 4×4 car or walking, as there are some that can only be entered in this way, but the experience is worth it. We have alternative tours to these communities such as: Pueblito Taiku, Atazi Trip and Gotsezhy

What to do in the indigenous villages?

The experience consists of getting to know closely the customs, lifestyles and cultural traditions of each of these communities, because believe it or not, each village has different things. Exploring nature, enjoying beautiful landscapes is another incredible experience you can do in these villages.



  • Research about the specific location of the indigenous villages you are interested in visiting. Each community may have different access and conditions.
  • Take into account climatic conditions and terrain characteristics. Areas near the Sierra Nevada may have difficult roads, especially during the rainy season.
  • Show respect for local culture and customs. Ask about and follow local rules regarding photography, interactions and general behavior.
  • In some cases, the presence of a local guide or coordination with community leaders is required. This not only facilitates navigation in remote areas but also helps establish respectful contact with the community. 

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