Sierra Nevada & the Caribbean Coast
With its snow-dusted peaks, lush cloud forest, hammering waterfalls, crystal clear lagoons, dense rainforest and rich ecosystems, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range is a dreamlike landscape. Combine this with fertile coffee plantations, indigenous communities, lost cities and the warm Caribbean Sea, and you have one of Colombia’s most spellbinding regions.
The green hills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta are rich in wildlife and diverse flora and fauna, from the sparkling rivers around Minca to the wild beauty of Tayrona’s seemingly endless coastline. Cocooned in the emerald-green jungle, indigenous villages and beguiling archaeological remains dot the foothills of this coastal mountain range.
Perhaps Colombia’s most incredible sites, la Ciudad Perdida, or ‘Lost City’, was abandoned at the time of the Spanish Conquest and remained untouched until the 1970s. Today it is an astounding example of a pre-Columbian town, accessed by a gruelling yet rewarding four to five-day hike through lush jungle and bounteous rivers. Nearby Minca offers an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Tayrona and its indigenous population, and this picturesque town is also a fertile biosphere with exceptional bird watching and superb organic coffee.
Though this is a region that abounds with wildlife and cultural wealth, the coastline of the Caribbean is also a postcard-perfect idyll of aquamarine waters fringed with swaying palms and a tangle of jungle foliage. The sun dappled coves and warm waters of Tayrona and Palomino offer a paradisiacal spot to unwind after a hike, while never far from the unbounded rainforest and its prolific wildlife.