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Rebekah Nicholson and Casa Brujula

The House that the World Built!

 

The Caribbean sea and snow make Santa Marta a difficult place to forget. The city is located on the shores of the Bay of Santa Marta on the Caribbean Sea, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, whose peaks can be seen on clear days from the beach. The capital of the department of Magdalena, which was founded in 1525, is one of the oldest cities in South America, but if you are looking to go off the beaten path just a little further up the coast you will find Rio Ancho, where Rebekah Nicholson is living her dream to build Casa Brujula.

Casa Brujula (or Compass House) is a project that has years in the making. Rebekah was looking for a way to combine my love of travel with a way to earn an income and inspire people. After a long grueling year of working double overtime to pay off college, she decided to take a backpack tour of Colombia South America, where she found magic on the Caribbean coast north of Santa Marta, miles of virgin sea shore to adventurous travelers.

With small Colombian towns rich with seafood, salsa, and natural untouched wilderness just steps away from the birthplace of the Andes, the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta.  Four incredible months later Rebekah returned to the states to work again, this time to save for her dream of building and operating a small hostel on the coast of the department of the Guajira Colombia.

 

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