Off the coast of northern Colombia lies a formidable mountain, which towers over the small Caribbean city of Santa Marta. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (SNSM) is the tallest coastal mountain range in the world, rising from sea level to over 5,700 m. Older than the Andes, the Sierra Nevada‚Äôs dramatic topography has made this mountain the crown jewel of the Colombian coastline. Aside from its majestic beauty, the SNSM boasts high levels of cultural and biological diversity. There…