The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an isolated mountain range in northern Colombia Reaching an elevation of 5,700 m just 42 km from the Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada is the highest coastal range in the tropics, and one of the highest coastal ranges in the world. The Sierra Nevada’s highest point is the world’s fifth most prominent summit in the world and encompasses about 17,000 kmserving as the source of 36 rivers.

The tropical rainforest is made up of perennial trees, with a canopy reaching between 30 to 40m There is a large variety and population of epiphytes and Lianas and more than 3,000 species of Vascular plants adding to both the diversity and biomass of this essential carbon sink ecosystem.

Of Colombia’s 44 endangered special call the park home and 340 endemic species, including 7 endemic hummingbirds. The area is home to Tapier, Cougar, Jaguar, and 440 species of birds.

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is home to four indigenous communities, The Arhuacos, Koguis, Wiwas and the Kankuamos that live in Resguardos Indigenas (indigenous reserves) located in the mid-highlands.

The Big Wild is working with the Colombian Government, the local communities and many incredible partners to establish the valuation of this key ecosystem and are currently establishing large partnerships for ESG credits to support this vital region of our planet.

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