Casa Galavanta, private propertySIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
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
This wooded lodge, located remotely within a mountain, has been designed to offer the utmost level of comfort while preserving it’s natural surroundings and minimizing environmental impact. This is rural luxury at its best.
The chef has designed a menu where he fusions Colombian and international cuisine, utilizing local organic products like coffee, cacao, and honey, in addition to herbs, fruits and vegetables from the garden. Don’t hesitate to accompany the chef to pick the avocados and tomatoes for lunch!
Take advantage of remote location of the house to disconnect from the world. There is no internet connection and cellphone signal is (very) weak, so you are obliged to enjoy the nature around you.
Coffee harvesting season is from November to March. During this time, guests participate in the process of handpicking coffee, a relaxing and stress-relieving activity. If you want a more serious tour, we can organise a drive down to Hacienda La Victoria, founded in 1892, and take a tour through the hacienda’s spectacular processing centre to learn about the coffee harvesting process, and taste some of the best coffee in Colombia.
There is no better way to disconnect from the world than by saluting the sun surrounded by nature at 1,500 meters above sea level. Private yoga sessions are by an English-speaking instructor, on an outdoor deck or in the garden, with a magnificent view of the mountains and ocean.
Set off on a 4x4 expedition to find a small Wiwa village. Wiwas are descendants of the Taironas, and have maintained their culture, religion and traditions for hundreds of years. The guide will explain the Wiwas’ culture and beliefs, and their role as the guardians of mother earth.
Nature walks led the by the Casa Galavanta’s Host, a knowledgeable nature enthusiast and avid trekker who provides fascinating explanations about the local flora and fauna. Guests can choose from short 1-3 hours treks, to more demanding 6-8 hour treks to visit spectacular waterfalls.
La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a birdwatching paradise thanks for its immense variety of birds, including 20+ endemic species. In Sierra Nevada, birdwatching can take places in areas from 1,000 masl. in Hacienda La Victoria to 2,800 masl in Cuchilla San Lorenzo, which provides the opportunity to spot a great diversity of species. Galavanta works with the top birdwatching guides in the region, including professional photographers specialized in birding, and ornithologists from University of Oxford and renowned Colombian universities.
Alongside a professional photographer, walk through the mountain and learn how to capture breathtaking pictures of Sierra Nevada’s natural surroundings.
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.