The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the birthplace of the Tayrona, a monumental indigenous civilization that existed in the country. Descendants of that culture still live there with close to 70,000 indigenous people, belonging to the Kogui, Arhuaco, Kankuamo and Wiwa ethnicities. It is the world’s most elevated coastal mountain formation with two peaks at 5,775 meters high, the Cristobal Colon peak and the Simon Bolivar peak. Because of its variety of ecosystems, topographical elevations near the sea, its singular beauty and historical and cultural wealth it constitutes a unique area worth visiting and it was declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1979.
This mountain formation contains an area of particular beauty and great cultural significance as it is a sacred sight for the four indigenous groups that inhabit the Sierra and it is called Teyuna Archeological Park also known as the “Lost City” which is administrated by the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia – ICANH.
Especial Recommendations for the Teyuna Sector
- Have your identity documents and medical insurance with you at all times.
- Make sure the officers, environmental interpreters and guides are authorized to carry out this activity. You can ask them to show you their identification.
- Alcoholic beverage consumption and firearms are prohibited.
- Campfires are prohibited.
- You must be physically fit to access the sight.
- Please pay attention to the observations and suggestions of the staff in charge of ecotourism services and trail markings.
- You must get tetanus and yellow fever vaccines ten days prior to your trip and have proof of these.
- In order to visit the Lost City you must first contact the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia – ICANH. Follow this link for more information.
The San Lorenzo Experimental Station is outside the Park but in its zone of influence and it is managed by Parques Nacionales Naturales. Its main purpose is as a space for the promotion of environmental education and knowledge of biodiversity in cooperation with the universities of the region; although it is also equipped to receive visitors.