Salamanca Island received the category ‘Park Way’ because it allows the visitor to observe exceptional mangrove forests, swamps and beaches from the road that connects Barranquilla to Santa Marta. It was declared Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). Additionally, in 1998, this area and the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta Fauna and Flora Sanctuary were declared globally important Ramsar Sites, and in November 2000 as Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO. Salamanca island is actually a set of several small islands formed by sediment accumulated from the Magdalena river delta, on the bottom of an ancient bay; communicated by small channels, they make up a barrier that separates the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta from the Caribbean sea.
- Always travel on established roads and trails in land and aquatic circuits.
- We recommend you hire a local guide or environmental interpreter.
- Have your identity documents and valid medical insurance card with you at all times.
- Pets and other domestic animals are prohibited inside the protected areas.
- We recommend you get tetanus and yellow fever vaccines 10 days prior to your trip.
- Pay attention to recommendations of Park staff and local guides.
- Pay attention to and comply with established signposts.
- Take your waste with you when you leave the Park.
- Do not feed the animals or leave waste on the trails so as not to affect the food diet of species.
- Flash must not be used so as not to disturb wild animals.
- When you enter the area in your vehicle move slowly.
- Prevent forest fires by not making campfires, using candles or glass recipients. Make sure you turn off cigarette butts and dispose of them in plastic bags.
- Avoid taking elements that damage biodiversity such as aerosol sprays, firearms or non-biodegradable hygienic supplies such as shampoo and soap.
- Hunting and fishing are prohibited in protected areas.
- Radios or noisemaking equipment that can disturb others or the local fauna are not allowed in the area.
- Bird watching requires minimal disturbance, for which we recommend using binoculars to watch their behavior and beauty in their natural habitat. You must not scare the birds to see them take flight.