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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

The lost city of Teyuna can only be accessed by climbing 1,200 steep stone steps.

The Kogi people call themselves Elder Brothers, charged with protecting the balance of the world.

Kogi shamans are kept in darkness for up to 18 years to appreciate the beauty of the world when they emerge.

The mountain range contains 35 river basins which provide water to approximately 1.2 million people in the region.

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta means the “Snowy Mountain Range of Saint Martha”.

The Sierra Nevada is home to nearly every kind of eco-system, from desert to rainforest.

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