Satey Kogui Village 4 Days
Satey Kogui Village 4 Days
Trip to Satey is to return 200 to 500 years to the time a traditional town with a unique culture in the sierra nevada here we will find everything that was the world with all nature … (Mountain, rivers, animals , and a tradition that take care of the environment and mother earth as a protector of their existence in this world)
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)
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…
Santa Marta – Cherua
Departure from Santa Marta by 4×4 towards the coffee village of Palmor. We take advantage of a stop in the village to have a small snack and to get a feel for the local atmosphere, and discover the central square and its surroundings. Then we head to the surroundings of Finca de Don Fidel, with the possible obligation to do the last stretch on foot. After having regained our strength, we enjoy a moment of sharing with our host and his family around a typical lunch. In the afternoon, a walk towards Cherua to visit a finca specialized in the culture of the Lulo. On the way, we make many stops to enjoy an extraordinary view of the Kogui village of Cherua, as well as a lush valley.Read More
A 6 hour walk to the village of Gungulaja where we have the privilege to share a unique moment with the Kogui people. We observe on the way more and more breathtaking landscapes preserved from human presence, shaped by the local farmers and their banana, cassava and coffee crops. We arrive at the end of the morning in the valley of Navashijue where the beautiful village of Gungulaja is located. Local meal. In the early afternoon visit of the village and its surroundings. Meeting with the Mamo, spiritual leader of the village, then we enjoy a bath in the river before returning to the village. We will have dinner and spend a unique night in our hut built with materials that the koguis find nearby.Read More
Return to Civilization
Ecological walk following the stream of the river. We pass by the site where the old village of Gungulaja was located, we can observe traditional plantations and some wax palms. Be careful on the road because it is possible to find footprints of the Jaguar, sacred animal of the region. Back to the village to discover a little more of the life of the Koguis, to observe their way of life and exchange with them. We discover the secrets of the preparation of the Fique, natural fiber used for the manufacture of Mochilas. After having observed, if it is discovered, an absolutely magnificent sky, free of any light pollution, dinner and second night in our hut.Read More
Return to Civilisation !
After a frugal breakfast, departure and return walk (6h) to the finca of Don Fidel where the 4×4 awaits us. Stopover in Palmor for lunch and departure to the city of Santa Marta for further adventures!Read More
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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