Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park

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The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Natural Park () is Colombia's second oldest national park, established in 1964. It is located in the Cordillera Oriental range, between the departments of La Guajira, Magdalena and Cesar, in the mountain range of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is a sanctuary as well as a tourist attraction, because it offers different climate, terrain, flora and fauna environments, ranging from beaches to snowy mountain peaks.


It belongs geographically to the Amazon Basin, but it is hydrographically a part of the Orinoco River basin. Roughly 1.2 million people are dependent upon the freshwater supplied by important river such as Cesar, Don Diego, Palomino, Aracataca and Tucurinca. There are currently about 30,000 indigenous people of the ethnic groups Koguis, Arhuacos, Kankuamos and Wiwa living in the area. This park is also home to the remnants of the Tairona Culture. In 1979 the park was designated a Biosphere reserve by UNESCO.


It is calculated that the yearly average rainfall is 4000 mm at elevations of to above mean sea level. The temperature varies between...
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