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  • Address: Nabusimake, Colombia

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Nabusimake Tours

Deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Park in northern Colombia, there is a green valley surrounded by mountains that is home to descendants of the Tayrona people, the Arhuac. Nabusimake is the spiritual center for the Arhuac people, the place where they say the sun was born.

Visiting this indigenous tribe in their own village is an adventure. The only road to get there is from Pueblo Bello, and is a rough trip even in the toughest off-road vehicle. The roads to get there are in bad shape, there are no signs indicating the way to the town, and there are no hotels for visitors. Strange as that may seem, it is no doubt partly due to the Arhuac’s lack of interested in having outside visitors in order to protect their culture and way of life.

But entering Nabusimake is stepping back in time to a different world. Walk around the peaceful village and see the variety of plants, flowers and birds.  The thatched roof huts and clay walls house the Arhuac, who wear traditional white tunics, tall coned hats and woven bags. Men and women alike have long hair long, and women use colorful necklaces.

Practical Info

To get there, travel from Valledupar to Pueblo Bello, which is the nearest town to Nabusimake. One bus leaves in the morning to Nabusimake, and although the distance is less than 25 miles the trip can take up to 3 hours. Visitors must register upon arrival. Be sure to be on the last bus back to Pueblo Bello in the early afternoon.

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