Travel module: Sierra Nevada indigenous villages


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Itinerary Description

The arrival of Columbus in America opened the doors to one of the largest cultural transformations in the history of mankind. Over 500 years later, Colombia still retains its cultural ancient identity with more than 87 indigenous groups. The Arhuacos, Chimilias, Kogis and Wiwas are four of the groups that live in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta’s foothills. Their overall population is estimated around 10.000 members. These “Older Brothers” -as they named themselves- take care of the natural treasure of the Sierra, mountain which in their culture represents the center of the world and main fountain of life. They still assume their role as keepers of cosmical stability and are considered one of the most valuable ancient cultures on Earth.

Itinerary Summary


Day Programm
1 Arrival, pick up & check in
2 Kogi Village tour (duration: 11h)
3 Arhuaco Village tour (duration: 8h)
4-5 Wiwa Village tour (duration: 2 days)



Place Hotel
Tayrona Los Angeles
Sierra Nevada Country side farm


Guest Testimonials

“It was a great experience to travel with NTC and get a deep knowledge of this ancient culture. All the staffs was very co-operative especially it’s manager. Luis is very humble and nice person. Thanks for making my trip wonderful.

 Frederik Ortwein, Germany. Travel in September 2017.


B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Day 1 – Arrival, pick up & check in

Arrival in Santa Marta, airport pick up, 1h drive to our Farm-Hostel, check-in just in front of a beautiful beach and tour briefing.

Service includes: (-/-/-), Pick up in Santa Marta, transfers, accommodation in shared rooms.

Simple and clean family farm hotel with private bungalows or shared dorms right on a beautiful beach. Equipped with bath / shower and fan.

Day 2 – Kogi Village tour (duration: 11h)

Early in the morning (between 7:30 – 8:00 am) we will pick you up. Then we will drive for 1h through the interesting coastal road until we get to the town Rio Ancho. Here a Kogi guide will receive us and after a small talk we will start a 2h hike through the tropical rainforest, going along the Ancho River. We will visit the village, talk with the local Kogi authorities and have a close perspective of their way of living. Afterwards you can enjoy a river bath and a picnic. At the end of the day we will drive you back to your hostel.

Service includes: (B/L/-), All transfers, accommodation in shared rooms, breakfast, travel insurance, entrances fees, permissions to the communities, picnic on the riverm (L), hydration and ES or EN guiding.


Day 3 – Arhuaco Village tour (duration: 8h)

Today our tour starts at 8:00 am. After a 30 min. drive we will reach the town of Perico Aguao. From there we will start a 40 min. hike until we reach a small Arhuaco village just in front of the Caribbean Sea. Once there you will visit their houses and learn more about their daily life practices. We will have the opportunity to start a conversation with the community authority and ask questions. Afterwards picnic on the beach and drive back
to your hostel.

Service includes: All transfers, entrances fees, permissions to thecommunities, travel insurance, accommodation in shared rooms, breakfast, picnic (L), hydration and ES or EN guiding.

Days 4 & 5 – Wiwa Village tour (duration: 2 days)

On the first day of these last two, we will pick you up at your hostel and drive 1h to the town of Guachaca. Then we will start a 2.5 h hike until we reach the Wiwa village. You will first interact with the community and have a traditional lunch. Afterwards we will see the surroundings of the village, visit a beautiful waterfall and discover more about their traditions. During the evening we will meet the local authorities and enjoy a nice conversation. On the second day, we will visit in the morning some religious places, afterwards lunch and return trip to Santa Marta.

Service includes: Transfers, all meals + water, accommodation in hammocks, travel insurance, ES or EN guiding, drive back to Santa Marta.

Price per person

from EUR 633

The price quoted above is an approximate price per person on a shared room basis.

* On request you can book a private Bungalow.

** On request we can book international flight tickets for you

 Available as a private roundtrip (+ 15% high season. High Season: Easter + 15/12 to 15/01).

Service includes

  • Tour from/to Santa Marta – Airport Pick-up
  • All transfers
  • All entrance fees as shown in the detail itinerary
  • Permissions to the communities
  • 3 nights accommodation in farm hotel (shared rooms)*
  • 1 night accommodation in farm at Sierra Nevada (hammocks)
  • Meals (4xB, 4xL ,1xD)
  • EN or ES Guiding
  • Travel insurance

Not included

  • × International flights**
  • × Other meals
  • × Personal expenses and tips
  • × As in program indicated optional services