The Lost City, Ciudad Perdida, Trek, Colombia, 5 Days, 4 Nights

The legendary Lost City of Colombia…. For centuries it eluded explorers, treasure hunters and the gold-hunting Spanish expeditions. Obscured by cloud, consumed by jungle, the city remained lost until the 1970s. Only in the last five years has the Lost City trek become a ‘must do’ on any serious adventurers checklist.

Trek for five days through churning rivers and teeming jungles, sleep in local villages and get to know the friendly Tayrona Indians on an adventure unlike any other. Swim in isolated rivers and explore tumbling waterfalls, all the while edging closer to the 1200 steps which lead into the clouds. Finally, after three days of hard trekking, you will reach the Lost City… Stand in wonder at the incredible plazas hacked out of the jungle as the sun comes up over the jagged bowel of mountains in the distance, said to hide even more ancient cities, lost forever to the jungle…

* All meals are included and those with dietary requirements can be catered for with advanced notice. Accommodation throughout is on mattresses in dorms or hammocks in dorms, both with mosquito nets.


Check out the article we wrote on South America Backpacker about this trek! Also, our Backpacker Ambassador retells his own experience here.

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(Price equivalent to 700,000 COP)

START SANTA MARTA: Departure from the office at Santa Marta at around 9am. We will travel by car, or colourful jeep, for two and a half hours to Mamey area where we will have lunch. We will then trek for approximately two to three hours into the jungle to the first camp where, depending on time, you should be able to visit a stunning natural pool.

TREKKING DAY: Continue your trek deep into the heart of the jungle, crossing streams, hiking up hills and climbing steep and slippery steps. You will see many waterfalls, some of which you can swim in and enjoy incredible views of the sprawling jungle. You will spot plenty of wildlife high up in the trees and your guide will point out notable animals, birds, insects and ruins. You will sleep in hammocks and with little electricity get to enjoy nature at its best.
TREKKING DAY: Today, we will walk for around five hours to the next village which is home of the hugely respected mamo (native priest), before crossing the calm waters of the river, a beautiful place in which lunch will be served on this day. Today, the guide will tell us more about the Native Culture and explain about the origins of the Lost City.

ARRIVE AT THE LOST CITY: Today, we will wake early and using the light of our head torches begin to trek to the Lost City itself. We will follow the river for about half an hour before spending forty minutes climbing the 1200 steps which lead to the incredible site. We will have about four hours to explore the site and our guide will show us pictures and examples of some of the artefacts found here as well as explain more about the history of this city. If there is time, we will visit the fountain of youth. We will then return to the camp, have lunch and continue to trek for two to three hours to reach camp 3.

OUT OF THE JUNGLE: Today, we will continue to trek out of the forest, we will have lunch at camp 1 and arrive back into Santa Marta around 5pm.
What’s included?  What isn’t included?
  • Entry to Ciudad Perdida.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Transport
  • Lodging in hammocks with mosquito nets
  • Meals and snacks
  • Expert service of local guides
  • Hazard Insurance