Colombia – Lost City Trek

From Santa Marta - Colombia to Santa Marta - Colombia
  • Colombia
  • Walking and Active
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Custom
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Tour Description

Ciudad Perdida or Teyuna is located at the base of Pico Bolívar and Pico Colón within the national park and is surrounded by exuberant nature, a perfect habitat for various bird species. Ciudad Perdida was the most important urban centre of the ancient Tayrona culture. The city, a true feat of engineering, was built on a system of terraces connected by stone paths and supported by a canal circuit. At the time, the population was of between 1.400 and 3.000 who lived in circular stone houses with thatched roofs on about 250 terraces. Today’s inhabitants, such as the Kogui, Arhuaca and Wiwa, are descendants of the Tayrona and continue to preserve their traditions.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Santa Marta

Arrive any time. Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Santa Marta.
Santa Marta is a city on the Caribbean Sea in the northern Colombian department of Magdalena. A busy port, it was also the first Spanish settlement in Colombia. It's the gateway for trips into the Tayrona National Natural Park, and for multiday guided treks to the Lost City (Teyuna) archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains.

Day 2
Santa Marta Adan or Alfredo Camp

8:00AM Departure from the hotel in Santa Marta or Taganga, with jeep (or similar), towards Mamey (approx 3 hours). Upon arrival we will have an integration talk with the group and a light lunch. Start of the trekking towards the first cabaña, “Adan or Alfredo”. During the trekking, of approx. 4 hours (7 kms) the group will stop at some natural swimming pools for refresh. The guide will find the whole group to make a briefing about the next day.
Dinner and overnight stay in hammocks.

Day 3
Adan or Alfredo camp Mumake camp

Early wake up call to eat a full breakfast and get ready to start the walk to the second camp, Mumake. On the way, after approx. 3 hours trekking, pass nearby the indigenous Kogui town of Mutanzi where the community still lives in the traditional manner, protecting its culture. After a short break to meet them (if possible), continue the walk for three hours to reach the second camp, near river Buritaca. Enjoy free time to swim in the river and enjoy nature.
Back at the hut, dinner will be ready and again, the guide will make a briefing and answer questions or concerns about the tour.
Overnight stay in hammocks.

Day 4
Mumake camp El Paraiso camp

On the third day, the trekking (approx. 6 hours) arrives to the El Paraiso camp where it will be possible to swim and relax at the nearby river. This is nearby the hut of Mamo Romualdo, the highest religious authority of the natives from this region, if you are lucky you will have the opportunity to talk to him and learn more about their culture and customs. During the trekking, the assigned guide will always instruct about how to avoid disturbing local indigenous communities, respecting their traditions and beliefs.
Dinner and overnight stay in hammocks.

Day 5
El Paraiso camp Wiwa camp

Early wake up call for breakfast and preparation for the trek to the Lost City. It is important; to leave all carry-on luggage ready at the camp, before leaving, as it will be collected on the way back after lunch, to start descending.
After preparation, the day begins with an hour walk (approx.) toward the well-known Lost City steps. This is a climb of 1200 steps to reach The Lost City, discovering it little by little as one arrives towards the last steps.

Once at the Lost City, the tour of the different “mesitas” (a sort of large natural terraces) begins, with an explanation of the mystical meanings for the local indigenous tribes, and observation of different archaeological objects that allow us to understand the life the Tayronas, the tribes that originally inhabited this area.
After approx. 3 hours of visit to the Lost City, the descending trekking begins. First, after climbing down the 1200 steps, with a stop for lunch at the El Paraiso camp. At this point, the carry-on luggage will be collected to continue the walk towards the Wiwa camp (approx. 4 hrs).
Dinner and overnight in hammocks.

Day 6
Wiwa Camp Santa Marta

Early wake up call for breakfast and to start the walk towards el Mamey (approx. 6 to 7 hours). After arriving at the town, lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch, local jeeps (or similar) will be waiting for transportation towards Santa Marta.).

Day 7
Santa Marta Depart.

Depart Anytime. Transfer from your hotel to Santa Marta Airport is included.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 2 nights standard hotel & 4 nights in hammocks with mosquito nets
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 Lunch, dinner & fruit, while on the trek
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 Professional English speaking guide on the Trek
  • Included Copy 20 Entrance fee to Archaeological Park of the Lost City
  • Included Copy 20 Contributions to the farming and indigenous community
  • Included Copy 20 Cook and porters while on the trek
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7 days

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$1,370 USD

Per person, twin share

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