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  • Entering the Cerro Kennedy Reserve.- Cerro Kennedy (La Cuchillo de San Lorenzo) Sunrise Hike
  • Pine tree flower near 2,700 meters.- Cerro Kennedy (La Cuchillo de San Lorenzo) Sunrise Hike
  • View from the summit at sunrise. - Cerro Kennedy (La Cuchillo de San Lorenzo) Sunrise Hike
  • There is an amazing variety of flowers along this hike.- Cerro Kennedy (La Cuchillo de San Lorenzo) Sunrise Hike
  • There is an amazing variety of flowers along this hike.- Cerro Kennedy (La Cuchillo de San Lorenzo) Sunrise Hike
  • Dense jungle surrounds the path.- Cerro Kennedy (La Cuchillo de San Lorenzo) Sunrise Hike
  • Sunset at 2,700 meters at the campsite.- Cerro Kennedy (La Cuchillo de San Lorenzo) Sunrise Hike
  • Cerro Kennedy Sunrise Hike.- Cerro Kennedy (La Cuchillo de San Lorenzo) Sunrise Hike
  • Sunrise above the clouds.- Cerro Kennedy (La Cuchillo de San Lorenzo) Sunrise Hike
  • Sunrise above the clouds.- Cerro Kennedy (La Cuchillo de San Lorenzo) Sunrise Hike
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Pros: 
Stunning views of mountains and the jungle. Massive variety of flora, birds, and waterfalls.
Cons: 
The view from the summit usually can only be seen at sunrise.
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Region:
Other,
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Number of days: 
2
Highest point: 
10,170.60 ft (3,100.00 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Suitable for:
Horseback
Total Distance: 
35.96 mi (57.87 km)
Total elevation gain: 
8,038.06 ft (2,450.00 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,132.55 ft (650.00 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Yes
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Cerro Kennedy, at 3,100 meters, is the perfect mountain summit to get a view of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. When you reach the summit, don't be surprised by the old military base, it means you have made it! The breathtaking views at the top include the city of Santa Marta, the coast line to the Caribbean, the snow-capped peaks of Bolívar and Colon, and the jungle that encompasses the Sierra Nevada. The hike itself can be strenous due to the long mileage and steep incline, but the sunrise view is completely worth it. During the hike, you will be a part of a bird watching and fauna and flora paradise.

You begin your adventure in Minca, where you will need to be prepared with food before you arrive because there are not many options in the town with regard to camping food. The trail begins as a road for the first 9 kilometers, so you have the option to hike from the beginning or to catch a ride on a local moto-taxi to the end of the road (a samll town called El Campano).  The route is well known in town, and if you need help, any local will be able to guide you in the right direction.

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