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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta : TOP 25 best pictures (2018)
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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta : TOP 25 best pictures

Did you know that Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the highest mountain close to the sea ? Considered as the heart of the world  Kogi Indigenous, it has almost everything in a small surface with 4 distinct thermal floors. Let’s discover in pictures some of the best places to see in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Natural Park

Cerro Kennedy

One of my favorite place in Sierra Nevada is definitely Cerro Kennedy one of my favourite place in Colombia. Photo taken a 5h after a 1 hour walk, but it really worth to wake up early ! 

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Amanecer en Cerro Kennedy – Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

 

Jungle Forest on the to the Lost City

Tropical primary forest is a strong experience in Sierra Nevada. You instantly feel the magic of nature 

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Mundo Nuevo – Minca

Another favourite place at my friends eco lodges from Mundo Nuevo, above Minca. View on Candelaria Cacao and Coffee farm. 

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Sunshine over Sierra Nevada – Cerro Kennedy

This roughly the same place as we saw before, but to get there it is another way. You need 2h30 in a 4×4. We had the chance to arrive just on time to enjoy this light show

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Portrait of a kogui teenager in Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada has many indigenals villages. I had the luck to be accepted in some of them. The key is to let them leave as quiet as possible without too much visits from “civil people”.

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Sunset in Sierra Nevada

Here is a kind of typical sunset in Sierra Nevada. Clouds are dancing at this time in rainy seasons. 

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Portrait of a little Kogui Child close to Palomino

I think he had never seen a foreigner before ­čśë

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Incredible View over Pico Colon and Bolivar from Palomino

Palomino is one of the only place where you can see the snowy pics from the sea level. The seem to be quite close, but 35km separate the from the sea. 

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Kogi Couple in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

What do you think he was telling to his wife ? Guess ! 

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Cacao Farm close to Quebrada Valencia

Sierra Nevada is producing quite a lot of Cacao. They had ton convert their activty and a lot turned into cacao producers after the government controlled production of coca leaves. 

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Kogui Child in a coca leaves culture

But still, Coca leaves are tolerated in indigenous villages. This pic was taken close to Rio Ancho, in the north east side of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. 

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Tubing on River Palomino

One of the most famous activity is the Tubbing at Palomino river. Some movies have been produced in this area. When we see the beauty of the landscapes, we understand why…

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Enjoying the natural swimming pool in Rio Ancha

Another typical scene in Sierra Nevada, is the relation with water. Here no playstation, only natural games. Water makes everything for Kogui Culture. 

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Amazing Sunshine over Sierra Nevada from Rio Don Diego

This is like a heavenly place to take pictures. This is close to Taironaka Reserve in Rio Don Diego

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Little Arhuaca Girl posing in Drying Maguey (Fique)

Little Paola was a bit shy, but she accepted to model 1 min in in the Fique.  This Fique, also known as maguey, is the main material used to handcraft the indigenous bags ( Mochilas)

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The Mamo’s House ( Kogi Village )

The Mamo is the spiritual leader in indigenal Villages. like the shaman, but also he takes the decisions for the village. Every week, mens have a meeting during the night, and something until the twilights. 

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Kogui portrait at sunset 

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Sunset over Sierra Nevad from Barlovento

My favorite hotel along the coast. Sierra Nevada has 24 rivers that joins the sea. here is one of the most beautiful : Rio Piedras. 

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Pure happiness in a Kogui Village

One day I had the chance to invited to the birthday of a village. They made some traditional ceremonies, dances and music. 

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Sunshine in Sierra Nevada – Cerro Kennedy

At 3000m nature is completely different in Sierra Nevada. There are 4 different thermal floors, that makes the particularity of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

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Kogui child having a Ride in his Villa

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Sunset at Mundo Nuevo in Minca

At 1 hours from Santa Marta, Minca is the quickest way to get an oxygen breath when it’s a bit hot down. By going to Minca, we go from a 32┬░C to a more pleasant 24┬░c 

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Lost City – Ciudad Perdida

Maybe the most emblematic place in Sierra Nevada : the Lost City. Also the most beautiful architectural heritage from Tayrona culture ( Koguis, Wiwas, Arhuacos, and Kankuamos ancestors). 

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Sunset over the see in Cerro Kennedy

Again from Cerro Kennedy, but from the other side. That’s why I love this place, we can chill on the right, the a sunset over the sea, and from the left side, a sunshine incredible, a 300┬░ view that you will never forget ! 

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End of the road Cowboy ! 

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I hope you enjoyed these pictures of Sierra Nevada. I have also a lot more pictures of Colombia in my galeries.

If you have any questions or would like to do a photo tour in Colombia with me don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below !

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