Serranía del Perijá
Ours is a land of exuberant, diverse and mountainous scenery. A land dotted with caves like Del Indio and Azufral, magnificent rivers like the Tucuy, waterfalls, lakes, springs and verdant forests that cloak our mountains and provide a home to a rich array of plant and animal life. A land of warm and welcoming farmers, of exquisite coffee, innovative agroforestry projects, of music, myth and legend and the ancestral home of the Yukpa people, one of Colombia’s most at risk indigenous groups.
Ours is also a land that found itself unwillingly at the epicentre of violent conflict as armed groups moved into villages, farmlands and forests during the decades of Colombia’s civil war. But we are strong resilient communities united by our desire to leave the past behind and we are now working together to create a region that lives and prospers together in peace and harmony.
Together with the Yukpa indigenous group we are the guardians of the exceptional nature that surround us, which despite its global conservation importance is coming under growing pressure from loggers, unsustainable agriculture and mining. The communities of Estados Unidos and La Victoria de San Isidro believe ecotourism has vital role to play in building a sustainable future for our communities and helping us conserve the exceptional forests that surround us.
Ecotourism really can make a difference. Your stay with us will enrich you as our guest with a wealth of natural and cultural experiences, it will also directly contribute to our communities by helping generate a sustainable source of income. This income will support us as we work in a united effort to protect our forests, bring peace and stability to our communities and create a brighter future for us and our children.
There are a host of activities you can enjoy during your time with us, but here are some of our favourites:
You can choose from a range of activities during your stay with us, but here are some of our favourites to give you a taste of what we can offer:
The best way to experience all that Sierra de Perija has to offer is to come and stay with us as our guest for at least two nights. This will allow you to immerse yourself in our outstanding nature, to explore deeper and step outside of your daily life and experience more of what we have to offer.
These are just a sample of the multi-day programs we can offer to give some inspiration of what is possible, but if you would like to discuss how we can create a special tour for you, to match your interests and time scale please get in touch and we would be delighted to help create a special tour just for you!
Our tourism operators
In order to offer our guests the best service possible we have organised our ecoturism services into three different companies. Each of the companies has its own speciality and we will work together to co-ordinate our services to ensure the best possible experience for each of our guests. Our three tourism agencies are:
During your time with us you will have a number of options as to where you can stay. Depending on what you prefer and what your program with us is you could stay as a guest at one of the coffee farms in the region, where you have the option of staying either in the main house in one of the bedrooms in the house, or you could take the more traditional option of a hammock below shelter and beneath a mosquito net, or alternatively camping is also offered as an option for anyone who would like to.
Several families within the community offer the chance for guests to stay with them as a home stay, which offers a truly authentic experience for our guests. All the accommodation options provided by us, from staying in a room in one of the coffee farms to camping, to staying in a hammock offer bathroom facilities for our guests and if you require kitchen facilities too.
There is also a project underway for the construction of a hotel in La Victoria which our guests could use as an option too once it is completed. We will update the website with news on this as soon as the hotel is open and ready to receive guests!