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JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF THE WORLD

 
Beyond a jungle fortress of north eastern Colombia, South America, there lives a tribe so remote and secluded that their lifestyle had not changed in 1500 years. They are called The Kogis. They live in total isolation and were never influenced by either the Spanish Conquistadors or any missionaries - a rarity indeed. They are a mountain people where their Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta towers to 19,000 ft and it's snows and glaciers are only 20 miles from the scorching heat of the Caribbean. Here on their seashore is where Christopher Columbus made one of his first historic landings. Santa Marta remains as the oldest city in South America.

The Kogis believe that we, being their civilized " younger brother " has been spoiling the earth and misusing our technology for acts like waging wars and creating pollution. The Kogi Mamos or high priests must actually spend nine years of their early childhood in the total darkness of a cave in order to fully develop their meditation techniques. The Mamos are also said to be highly telepathic as a result of this practice. The Kogis are totally self sufficient, growing all their own food and even making their own clothes, from a rich white fabric weaved from the local Yuca plant.

Extreme Explorations or our group of BC adventurers had the honor of being the first ever foreign visitors to visit some of the uppermost sacred villages in the Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta. The Kogis believe that this region is the "heart of the world " or the center of the universe. They believe that the only way for us or the younger brother to mend our ways is to leave their mountains in peace . Therefore they do not allow any visitors on their sacred snows above. They believe that because of our wrong doings their glaciers have receded and soon there would be no water in the Sierra and then in turn no water on earth !

Originally we came as an expedition to be the first to climb and ski in this Sierra. Somehow, the Kogis took well to us and village by village , we were allowed to pass until we reached the highest and most sacred village of all. (Whose name we promised to keep as a secret). It was a grueling six day trek through a seemingly impenetrable jungle. Not only were we battling 100 degree plus temperatures, bugs and ninety percent humidity but we had to keep an eye on other less friendly inhabitants of the foothills being the cartel drug growers, Marxist guerillas, their paramilitary enemies and other less friendly folk. We toiled upwards with a mule train of six animals which carried our climbing gear, skis and snowboards.

Although we were allowed to stay, film and document the Kogis remarkable lifestyle, we too were not allowed to go further to the mountain peaks. We tried getting permission by showing the natives pictures of our great snowy mountains in Canada. Then, donning our ski gear we even gave them a demonstration of this never before seen technology. We said that perhaps, if they let us through, we would do a snow dance, maybe bring some good luck, more snow and water to the area. The Kogis listened carefully , smiled and hosted us well , but they still could not allow us to pass higher. We did not get to ski but instead were so honored to be accepted by this reclusive tribe that we learned so much more about ourselves, the world we live in and ways to perhaps make life easier and better for all on this planet, a rich experience indeed . See film treatment and more on The Santa Marta expedition on http://www.itv.net/extreme