Casa Galavanta is a private property located in the heart of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a lush mountain range that rises from the Caribbean ocean up to 5,776 masl (meters above sea level).
The house sits at 1,500 masl, between dense rainforest and coffee fields, with a perfect view of the ocean. This ecosystem is particularly unique because of the cloud forest formations that shelter an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna.
Only here, one can experience a flood of clouds rise from the mountains, enter the house, and then slowly fade up into the sky for a breathtaking sunset – every afternoon.
- Staffed with an English-speaking Host expert in nature and trekking, a professional chef specialised in utilising local organic ingredients, and a housekeeper
- Three rooms with king or queen sized beds and ensuite bathrooms, all with 300-threadcount sheets, hypoallergenic pillows and duvets, and amenities
- Studio room single beds/sofas, detached bathroom, DirectTV, DVD and library
- Common areas include living room with fireplace, large deck with fire pit, open-concept kitchen, dinning area and garden
- The experience includes 3 gourmet meals per day, in addition to snacks, fresh local fruits, natural fruit juices, coffee, tea, and picnic lunches for excursions
- Driving time from Santa Marta is 1.5 hours and from Cartagena 4.5 hours, including 30 minutes of 4×4 off-roading
- Guests can also opt for taking a helicopter, which overflies the archaeological site of The Lost City, a remaining Tayrona indigenous tribe, and the National Park of Tayrona
The Sierra Nevada mountains have been inhabited by indigenous communities for thousands of years. Today, the Wiwa, Kogui, Arhuaco and Kankuamo communities continue to preserve their traditional way of life, a strong culture and a belief system based on Mother Earth. As the “Elder Brothers”, these indigenous communities are the guardians of the Sierra Nevada, as they help protect and restore the forests, water sources, and fauna of the area.
A percentage of the profits from Casa Galavanta and the experiences offered, are dedicated to supporting local indigenous communities’ and projects to revitalize traditional education, in addition to Western education. It is critical that the new generations continue upholding the importance of protecting the environment and preserving their ancient culture, traditions and beliefs.