Indian Communities Lost City

There are 4 different tribes on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada: Kogis, Huiguas, Arguakos and Kanguamos. Out of the 4 tribes, the Kogis are the biggest group with 7,500 people.


On the trek to the Lost City
, we had the chance to spend some time with Manuel from the Huiguas and almost one afternoon with Romaldo, the mamo (shaman) of one of the Kogis settlement.


One interesting fact Manuel and Romaldo shared with us is that tourism,
in a controlled way, is actually good for them as it allows some money to reach these populations. Actually out of the 600,000 you pay for the trek (how to book a tour to the lost city), 20,000 pesos go to the farmers and 10,000 to the Indians. On top of it, some Indians make money as they own some accommodations along the way or work with the agencies.
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The terms controlled tourism above are of importance. A few years ago, some Europeans got the authorisation from the Indian communities to organise treks to the top of Pico Bolivar and Pico Colon, the 2 highest peaks in Colombia but also 2 sacred mountains for the indigenous.

Because some rubbish and dirt were left a few times on the sacred snow along the way to the peaks, the Indians decided to ban the treks. Despite our love for mountain climbing, we were appalled by these facts and also happy to see that small tribes can still dictate some of the rules on this part of the world.

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