Hiking to the 5 Lagoons
Hiking to the 5 Lagoons
It is a 4 days hike of hard difficulty that leads to Nukwlindwe, one of the sacred lagoons of the highlands. During the trip you can observe various species of the sub-Andean forest and from the viewpoints you have a panoramic view of the city of Santa Marta and the mountains: Santa Marta and the snow-capped peaks of Colón and Bolívar
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a majestic mountain range located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. It is an incredibly unique destination as it is the world’s highest coastal…
Kogui Village in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
An indigenous village nestled in the mountains. (The real location of the village is left confidential to respect their privacy)
Santa Marta – Palestina
Départ aux aurores de Santa Marta pour rejoindre un petit village dans les hauteurs de la Sierra Nevada. Petit déjeuner sur place, changement de véhicule et nous nous enfoncerons dans la Sierra sur des pistes épiques. Arrivée dans le village indigène et Installation. Après avoir visité les alentours, nous aurons quelques activités découvertes de leur culture. Diner et nuit en hutte indigèneRead More
Mobulaje Natural Reserve
– 5:30am Breakfast
– 6am start of 7 hour hike (we will walk through coffee plantations, pastures, where we will see different animals and landscapes).
– 3pm Arrival at the camp in the middle of the mountain with an immense view of the surroundings (2400 m SNM) .Lunch
– 3:30am Arrival at the campsite and installation. Altitude 2800m
– Dinner and rest at the campiste and rest at the campsite. Accommodation in camping or hammock in a traditional Kogui hut.
– 7:30 Breakfast
– 8:00 Start of hike 6-7 hours (6km) with Kogui guide, possibility of sighting the Andean condor.
– 17:30 Altitude 3700 masl accommodation in campsite near Shami Lagoon
Laguna Chami – Moshu Ishibiaja
– 3:30 start trekking to Pico Placer altitude 4500 masl (30 km)
– 19:00 Arrival at Mobulaje camp
– 20:00 Accommodation and rest
Return to Civilization
6:00 am: Return to the indigenous village.
10:00 am: Arrival at the village and rest for one hour.
11:00 am: Departure to the Coffee Village
12:00 am: Arrival at the village and rest for lunch
1:00 pm: Departure to Santa Marta
4:30 pm: Arrival in Santa Marta
About the Country
Colombia is a South American country known for its diverse culture, vibrant music, colorful architecture, and passion for football. Its location near the equator gives it a year-round tropical climate. The country is rich in history, boasting numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites and bustling cities, alongside stunning natural landscapes.
Reasons to Go
1. Historical and cultural richness: Colombia is home to pre-Columbian ruins and well-preserved colonial towns.
2. Beautiful landscapes: From pristine Caribbean beaches to the majestic Andes, Colombia’s geographical diversity is unmatched.
3. Vibrant music and festivals: Colombia’s music scene and famous festivals offer a glimpse into the country’s joyous spirit.
4. Coffee culture: As a leading coffee exporter, Colombia offers unique coffee experiences.
- Official Name: Republic of Colombia
- Location: Northwestern South America
- Time Zone: Colombia Standard Time (GMT-5)
- Capital: Bogotá
- Population: Approx. 51 million
- Official Language(s): Spanish
- Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
- Economy: 37th largest in the world, known for its exports of coffee, flowers, emeralds, coal, and oil
Regions at a Glance
Colombia is divided into several distinct regions:
Bogotá: The country’s high-altitude capital, known for its colonial-era landmarks and vibrant street art.
Caribbean region: Home to stunning beaches, coral islands and the historic city of Cartagena.
Andean region: Known for its coffee plantations, flower farms and the city of Medellin.
Amazon region: A vast and biodiverse area, mostly covered by rainforest.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Port, Fortresses, and Group of Monuments in Cartagena.
- The historic city of Bogotá, with attractions like the Gold Museum.
- Beautiful beaches of San Andres and Providencia.
- The Coffee Cultural Landscape in the heart of the coffee-growing region.
- The incredible biodiversity of Amazon Rainforest.
The local currency is the Colombian Peso (COP). Credit cards are widely accepted in cities but less so in rural areas. It’s recommended to carry small amounts of cash. Cost of living is relatively low compared to Western countries.
Pack lightweight, breathable clothing, a good pair of walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Rain gear is also recommended, as showers can be frequent.
Colombia’s culture is a mix of indigenous, Spanish, and African influences. Music and dance are central to social life, with styles like cumbia and salsa popular. The country is known for its film industry, with movies like “Embrace of the Serpent” gaining international acclaim.
Accommodation options range from luxury hotels to budget hostels. Airbnb is also popular. The average cost varies by city and time of year.
Travelers require a valid passport. Most countries do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days. No specific vaccinations are required for entry, but some are recommended for certain regions. For more details, please visit the Colombian Foreign Ministry website.
Emergency Contact Numbers
Emergency number: 123. US Embassy: +57 1 2752000. It’s a good idea to have these numbers saved in case of emergencies.
Drugs are illegal and heavily penalized. Respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly in religious and culturally significant places. It’s illegal to export certain pre-Columbian artefacts and emeralds.
Electricity, Plugs, and Voltage
The standard voltage is 110V. The standard frequency is 60Hz. Power sockets are type A and B. Travelers from Europe and parts of Asia will likely need an adapter.
Tropical near the coast and eastern plains; cooler in the highlands. Lightweight clothing is appropriate for the coast, while layers are needed for the highlands.
Major cities have metro and bus services. Taxis are common, and ride-share apps are widely used. Domestic flights are often the most efficient way to travel long distances.
Spanish is the official language. English is not widely spoken outside of major cities and tourist areas. Useful phrases:
“Hola” (Hello), “Gracias” (Thank you), “Por favor” (Please)
Travelers are encouraged to respect local traditions and environment. Avoid single-use plastics. Opt for eco-friendly tour operators.
Useful Apps & Websites
- Google Maps: For navigation
- Duolingo: For basic Spanish phrases
- TripAdvisor: For reviews and recommendations
Thank you for considering Colombia for your next destination. Make sure to try the local cuisine, immerse yourself in the culture, and enjoy the natural beauty. Colombia will be an unforgettable experience!
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