The Wiwa community is one of the native peoples living in the lower part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, this community has maintained its traditions, worldview and way of life for generations; some villages offer sustainable indigenous tourism to provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the Wiwa culture while contributing to the economic livelihood of the community without generating a significant cultural impact.
Gotsezhy is a Wiwa community that has managed to handle indigenous tourism responsibly in Santa Marta, allowing travelers to partially enter the indigenous territory, respecting privacy, customs and sacred sites.
Among the activities highlighted in Gotsezhy, the experience with the Mamo is the most significant; a group talk with this spiritual leader will help to renew energies and acquire ancestral knowledge. You will also be able to live an immersive experience where you will learn how to extract the maguey fibers, dye them with plants, seeds or tree bark and then produce your own handicrafts and backpacks.
Getting to Santa Marta: First, you must get to the city of Santa Marta, accessible by plane, bus or car from other parts of Colombia.
Transportation to Guachaca: From Santa Marta, head to the village of Guachaca, which is usually the starting point for excursions to the Gotsezhy Refuge. You can take a private vehicle or public transportation to this place.
Hike to Gotsezhy Refuge: From the starting point in Guachaca, the hike to Gotsezhy Refuge begins. This hike can take approximately 3 to 4 hours, depending on the pace and road conditions.
Tourists will be taken to the handicrafts activity created by the indigenous people of the Wiwa community: