The houses at the same those ceremonial houses “temples” (temples were bigger that houses but maintain the same architecture) were circles, they were built in small groups on round terraces that protected the houses against erosion, bordered by stone walls, those bases were made in this way because it allow to Taironas to up the house until 80 centimeters, latter the put up the wood and walls and the conical roof was cover by palm leaves, the live was quite, cooked over three stones, slept on hammocks made by cotton and the goldwork made by clay.
More than roads, stairs and usual terraces, stone remains and Taironas engineering, water reserves and stone canals that conducted the water to the cultivate terraces: those terraces also protected against erosion in the same way that houses, gave to the population a lot of products like corn, that was the most important food and fabricated chica (alcoholic drink), arepas (like pancakes made by corn), tropical fruits and the most up terraces they cultivated potatoes or other vegetables that are cultivated only in cold climate.
Their organization and the way that they lived together with the environment without destroy or affected it, give us and example that human beings can live in a balance with environment.
Nowadays Koguis that are Taironas descendants still live there despite the problems of violence, deforestation and the wish of private business to convert the region in a hotel zone for the tourism that it carries on. La sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a place where you find sea, nature, mountains, animals, plants, human beings and spirits living in a balance.