Hiking and Adventure in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
By Viator, April 2014
Giant anteaters, red crested tree rats, white-bellied spider monkeys, red howler monkeys, jaguars and pumas are among the 120 species of mammals in the Sierra Nevada. The 628 bird species that are found there make for exciting bird watching. Some, like the Rusty-headed Spinetail, are unique to this region, and others are endangered, like the Sapphire-bellied hummingbird and the Andean condor.
Indigenous tribes like the Kogis and Arhuacos still inhabit the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta and are met along the hikes. There are many settlements once inhabited by members of the Tayrona tribe. The largest is The Lost City (Ciudad Perdida), which is reached by a 4-6 day trek through the jungle. Each day includes several hours of hiking, crossing rivers, scaling rocks and spending the night in hammocks or tents. The last part of the climb to the top of The Lost City includes more than a thousand stone steps. Along the way see precious views of the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada and have close encounters with jungle animals.
Keep in mind that there are two rainy seasons, from May to June and the second one from September to November, which can affect the hikes.
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Visit Tayrona National Natural Park and swim in a reef-formed pool in the Caribbean on this day trip from Santa Marta. Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, as it’s ... Read more
Location: Santa Marta, Colombia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)