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Lost City Trek Colombia

Trek to the Lost City Colombia in 4 days

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people visiting the lost city of santa marta among the mountains of sierra nevada
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Santa Marta
4 days
Spanish / English
Starts: Between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. at your accommodation in Santa Marta or Taganga
Ends: 5:00 p.m. at your accommodation in Santa Marta or Taganga
Free cancellation!

The Lost City Trek Colombia 4 Days, also known as Teyuna, is the most chosen trekking by travelers who decide to visit the Tayrona village. It is an experience of nature and archeology in the Colombian jungle. Here, the indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada are the inhabitants. 

On this tour, you walk an average of 6 hours a day through the jungle and the nights are spent in camps. What makes this tour one of the best experiences in Colombia is the arrival at the Lost City, which has remained virtually untouched for centuries.

This trek is rated medium-high difficulty due to the climatic conditions in which it is done (heat and humidity) and the total number of hours you will walk each day.

Tour details


  • Transportation
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish / English)
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Entrance to La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)
  • Indigenous communities fee
  • Everything that is needed to make this a well enjoyable and memorable experience

Not included

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Alcoholic beverages

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 48 hours before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

DAY 1 ➡ Santa Marta - Mamey - Camp 1

7.6 Km (4.7 mi) - 04 h 
Initial elevation: 140 m (460 feet) 
Highest altitude: 450 m (1475 feet above sea level)
Difficulty: Moderate 
Rest: Camp 1

The adventure begins 🎒

The transportation will pick us up at our lodging in Santa Marta between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. to start the trip to the great Colombian jungle. Once the group is gathered, we will start the drive to Mamey in a 4x4 off-road vehicle for two and a half hours. Upon arrival, we will have lunch to regain strength and be ready for the start of the trek.

During the next 4 hours, we will walk through rivers and waterfalls where we can bathe and enjoy the authentic nature in the jungle. Around 6:30 p.m. we will arrive at "Camp 1", where we will be served dinner and spend the night in hammocks or beds with mosquito nets.

river in the wilderness of the sierra nevada of santa marta on the lost city tour

DAY 2 ➡ Camp 1 - Mutanzi - Rio Buritaca - Camp 3

15.2 Km (9.44 mi) - 07 h 
Initial elevation: 500 m (1640 feet)
Highest altitude: 900 m (2950 feet above sea level)
Difficulty: Moderate 
Rest: Camp 3

Visit to the indigenous village

Our day starts early with a good breakfast, so we can make the most of the trekking day and avoid the hottest hours of the day. The second day's hike lasts 7 hours through the jungle of the Sierra Nevada and the Buritaca River valley. Along the way, we will stop for lunch at "Camp 2" and pass through the Mutanzi indigenous village, where we will learn about the lifestyle of the Kogui community.

The second day of the Ciudad Perdida tour will end when we arrive at "Camp 3", where we will have dinner and spend the night in hammocks, tents, or beds.

mountains of sierra nevada de santa marta in colombia on the lost city tour

DAY 3 ➡ Camp 3 - Lost City - Camp 2

10 Km (6.2 mi) - 06 h 
Initial elevation: 900 m (1640 feet) 
Highest altitude: 1200 m (3940 feet above sea level)
Difficulty: Moderate 
Rest: Camp 2

Arrival at Lost City

The third day is the most spectacular route, the ascent to the Lost City. After breakfast, we will start the hike up the 1,200 steps that ascend to the Tayrona village. Once in the Lost City, the guide will give you a tour of the area and explain the history and secrets of this magical place.

At the end of the guided tour, you will have free time throughout the morning to enjoy all the surroundings and corners that this place has to offer. After this intense day, we will return to "Camp 2", where we will have dinner and spend the night in hammocks or beds. Tomorrow will be the last day of our Lost City Trek in Colombia.

people on the lost city tour in colombia

DAY 4 ➡ Camp 2 - Mamey - Santa Marta

14.8 Km (9.2 mi) - 07 h 
Initial elevation: 470 m (1540 feet)
Highest altitude: 470 m (1540 feet)
Difficulty: Moderate


After enjoying breakfast, we will start the last day of the Lost City trek. During this 7-hour journey, we will pass by waterfalls and rivers until we return to Mamey. There, the van will be waiting for us to have lunch and return to Santa Marta. Once in the coastal city, we will say goodbye to the guide and to those who have been our adventure companions during these 4 days.

beach in santa marta on the lost city tour of colombia

What to bring to Lost City Trek Colombia

  • Backpack of 30 liters
  • Trekking boots (not new)
  • Sandals or booties to cross the rivers
  • Two shorts
  • 3 long pants
  • 3 short-sleeved T-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeved cotton T-shirt (thin fabric)
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Sandals or flip-flops for changing at campsites
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Bathing suit
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Towel
  • Plastic bags (to keep dry clothes separate from wet clothes)
  • Camera

Where does the tour Lost City Trek Colombia start

Most travelers usually arrive in Santa Marta by departing from Cartagena. It is a 4 ½ hour trip, that also passes by Barranquilla. If you are taking the bus remember to wear warm clothes as the drivers usually run the air conditioning at full strength. Another option to get to Santa Marta is by plane since the city has an airport with regular flights to and from all the main cities of Colombia. Avianca, LAN, and the low-cost airline Vivacolombia are full-service airlines that fly to Santa Marta. If you are arriving at the airport, we also offer pickup and transfer service to your hotel.

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