In the worldview of the indigenous community of Colombia, include strong harmonious connection between man and nature and especially with the planet Earth. For the Kogi indigenous people, indigenous community living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, it is imperative to thank nature each time they use it to obtain food, supplies for building, etc. The Kogi, symbolically return to nature what has been given them by a ritual called “Pagamento” (payment).
By order of the Council of Traditional Authorities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta KUTSHABITABOYA SA TUXE “KUALDINTANA”, the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History ICANH, regent authority in Colombia which has among its duties to ensure the preservation and maintenance of archaeological parks in Colombia, keeping them as spaces of cultural interest, decrees TEMPORARY CLOSURE, from the 1st to the 15th of September 2014, the “Teyuna” Archaeological Park, popularly known as the “Lost City”, “Buritaca 200 “or” Ciudad Perdida “(in the Spanish-speaking community).
During the closure of the Park may only access ICANH officials, military and police officials and members of indigenous communities Kogi, Arsarios, Ijka (Arhuaco) and Kankuamo and its politico-spiritual authorities.
The park will be closed to allow traditional authorities preceded by “Mamos” perform spiritual healing (pagamento) Archaeological Park according to their knowledge and cultural procedures.
All tour operators in Santa Marta should refrain from including in their touristic offers income to Teyuna Archaeological Park (Lost City) from the 1st to the 15th of September this year.
The Teyuna (Lost City) Archaeological Park will open again to the public on September 16th, 2014.