The Arhuaco people or Ika descend from the Tayrona society, one of the most ancient and important pre-Columbian civilizations of South America. Along with the Kogis, the Wiwas and the Kankuamos, they cohabit on the lands of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Situated in the North-East of Columbia, it is the highest coastal mountain range of the world (5775 m), the majestic starting point of the Andes cordillera. For the four native tribes of this region, the whole territory is sacred, they consider it as the heart of the Earth.
At the origins, the Arhuacos are semi-nomadic people, frequently traveling between villages, following the rhythm of the seasons. They are a profoundly peaceful people, committed to the preservation of the natural habitat of the Earth, living from agriculture, cattle-rearing as well as their craft that is renowned for its quality all over the world.