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PERIJA NATURE RESERVE- ACCOMODATION

There is accommodation for 10 people, in basic but comfortable cabins with running water and private bathroom. There is no electricity, which makes logistics very challenging and costly.

Established in 2014 to preserve one of the most fragile and important sites of Colombia,  Serranía del Perijá  habitat is home to a large number of animal species and unique plants.

The area has an average temperature of 59°F and a distribution of rains, bimodal climate with four seasons; the total annual rainfall is 1247 mm and close to the multi-year monthly average is 104 mm; periods of increased rainfall occur between April and June and September to November, October is the month with the highest rainfall (163 mm). Dry periods are December to March and June to August, January is the driest month (32 mm).

You must make your reservation at least 48 hours before arrival. Walk-in reservations are not allowed at any of the Nature Reserves.

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PERIJA – THINGS TO DO

  • Observation of scenic beauty; the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the stunning  savannah and imposing hills.
  •  Hiking
  • Bird watching.

You must make your reservation at least 48 hours before arrival. Walk-in reservations are not allowed at any of the Nature Reserves.

PERIJA – LOCATION

The Reserve is located in the villages of El Cinco and Altos de Perijá, in the municipality of Manaure, department of Cesar, approximately 36 miles from the city of Valledupar. The Reserve has an area of approximately 1850ac. of high andean forests, sub-paramo and paramo.

The area has an average temperature of 59°F and a distribution of rains bimodal climate with four seasons; the total annual rainfall is 1247 mm and close to the multi-year monthly average is 104 mm; periods of increased rainfall occur between April and June and September to November, October is the month with the highest rainfall (163 mm). Dry periods are December to March and June to August, January is the driest month (32 mm)

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PERIJA – SUSTAINABILITY  AND CONSERVATION

The reserve was created on January 28, 2014, in order to preserve one of the most fragile and important sites of Colombia, the Serranía del Perijá, habitat for a large number of animal species and unique plants.

The area has a high number of endemic species of fauna and flora which are threatened with extinction; also conserved forests benefit from the species of birds endemic to the upper and middle sections of the Perijá: Perijá metaltail (Metallura iracunda), The Perija Thistletail (Asthenes perijana), Perijá brush finch (Arremon perijanus) Black-fronted Nunbird Monasa (Atlapetes nigrifrons) and Tapaculo Perijá (Scytalopus sp) a new species recently discovered.

The western sector of the reserve is located on the Manaure river basin which is vital to the town of Manaure, Cesar; many water bodies are third and fourth grade Manaure River tributaries and a few others are vital for aqueducts in the sector of Cinco and El Venado.

The Reserve has important flora and fauna biodiversity. According to studies by the National University, 177 vascular plant species have been recorded, representing 46% of all species in the mountains of Perijá. In terms of wildlife: 4 species of amphibians, 130 species of birds, 23 species of mammals (flying and non-flying) and 54 species of butterflies have been recorded.

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