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Lost City Trek

An adventure through the jungle

4 days
4.6 (12 reviews)

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Lost City Trek tour information

location_onSanta Marta
timer 4 days
chat Spanish / English


Between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. at your accommodation in Santa Marta or Taganga


5:00 p.m. at your accommodation in Santa Marta or Taganga

The 4-day tour to the Lost City of Santa Marta, also known as Teyuna, is the most chosen path by travelers who decide to visit the town of Tayrona in Colombia. It’s an experience that will allow you to discover the traditional lifestyle and culture of the indigenous communities of Sierra Nevada, admire the wildness of nature in the Colombian jungle and explore incredible archaeological monuments. During this trip, you have to be prepared for 6 hours of walking every day. You will be walking through the jungle, crossing rivers and admiring the unique landscapes of Colombia. At the same time, you will have enough time for yourself and the rest of the group to experience this wild adventure together and exchange experiences. To fully experience the atmosphere, you will spend the nights in the camps that will be located in the jungle. You will meet there other traveling groups, make new friends, and exchange experiences from your journey. This adventure ends with the arrival to Ciudad Perdida, where you can still feel the energy and mysticism of another era, because it has been almost untouched for centuries, which makes this trip one of the best experiences in Colombia!

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Santa Marta - Mamey - Camp 1

7.6 Km - 04 h Initial elevation: 140 m Highest altitude: 450 mslm Difficulty: Moderate Rest: Camp 1
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Transport will pick you up from your accommodation in Santa Marta between 7:00 and 9:00 in the morning to start your journey to the Colombian jungle. Once you have gathered the whole group, you will begin your 2.5-hour car trip to Mamey in a 4x4 off-road vehicle. Upon arrival, you will eat a meal to gather some strength for the beginning of your journey. In the next 4 hours, you will go on a trip through rivers and waterfalls where you will be able to swim, enjoy wildlife and amazing nature. Around 6:30 pm you will reach ‚ÄúCamp 1‚ÄĚ, where you will have lunch 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

todayDAY 2 Camp 1 - Mutanzi - Rio Buritaca - Camp 3

15.2 Km - 07 h Initial elevation: 500 m Highest altitude: 900 mslm Difficulty: Moderate Rest: Camp 3
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On this day at dawn, the whole group will have breakfast and will start hiking early in the morning to avoid the hottest hours and comfortably get to the next place. The second-day trek lasts 7 hours through the picturesque Sierra Nevada jungle and the Buritaca Valley. Along the way, you‚Äôll stop for lunch at ‚ÄúCamp 2‚ÄĚ and pass the local village of Mutanzi, where you‚Äôll have the chance to know the lifestyle of the Kogui community with whom you will spend some time and learn about their culture. The hike ends when you arrive at ‚ÄúCamp 3‚ÄĚ, where you will eat dinner and spend the night in comfy camps.
mountains of sierra nevada de santa marta in colombia on the lost city tour

todayDAY 3 Camp 3 - Lost City - Camp 2

10 Km - 06 h Initial elevation: 900 m Highest altitude: 1200 mslm Difficulty: Moderate Rest: Camp 2
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On the third day, we will offer you the most impressive path - a trip to the Lost City. After breakfast, the whole group will begin their journey to the village of Tayrona. Being in Lost City, the guide will take you on a trip around the area and explain the history and secrets of this magical place. At the end of the guided tour, you will have free time all morning to enjoy the surroundings and nice areas of this place. After this intense day, you and your group will return to Camp 2, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
people on the lost city tour in colombia

todayDAY 4 Camp 2 - Mamey - Santa Marta

14.8 Km - 07 h Initial elevation: 470 m Highest altitude: 470 m Difficulty: Moderate
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After breakfast, you will start the last, 7-hour trip, during which you will flow waterfalls and rivers on your way to Mamey. After a meal, a van will take you back to Santa Marta. After arriving at the coastal city, you will say goodbye to the guide and the group of travelers who accompanied you during these four days.
beach in santa marta on the lost city tour of colombia

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

error_outlineImportant information

This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

What to bring to Lost City Trek

Keep in mind that the weather changes frequently. During the day it is hot and humid, and at night the temperature drops to about 16¬ļ C (60¬ļ F). In addition, good footwear and a light backpack are essential since you will long distances with some baggage. We recommend bringing:
  • Long pants and long-sleeve shirts (for the nights and to avoid insect bites)
  • 1-2 liter volume refillable water bottle
  • Cap or hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking boots / sport shoes
  • Sandals / Flip flops
  • Short pants and hiking clothing
  • Personal hygiene bag and medication
  • Sleeping bag (optional as we provide blankets)
  • Swimwear
  • Plastic bags to keep clothes dry and insulated from dirty laundry

Where does the tour Lost City Trek start

Most travelers usually arrive in Santa Marta by departing from Cartagena. It is a 4 ¬Ĺ 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. The full-service airlines that fly to Santa Marta are Avianca, LAN, and the low-cost airline Vivacolombia. If you are arriving at the airport, we also offer pickup and transfer service to your hotel.

Lost City Trek tour reviews with Howlanders

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Carrie Duke
Fantastic tour! Wolfgang and Ali (sp)? Were the best guides. The camps were great and the food was simple yet plentiful and nutritious. The experience overall was amazing. I would highly recommend this tour. Life changing!

Probably the best experience I’ve ever had! Our guides Sergio, Saul and the guys :) in the kitchen did an amazing job. Our whole group felt like one big family, they showed us beautiful places hidden in the forest, we’ve learnt so many important information about indigenous people and their way of life. Everyone respects the rules of the mother nature and the tour itself, and it made it unforgettable experience. Thanks a lot guys, we will definitely recommend to our friends, family and other travellers. Good Job!!!

Fantastic experience and excellent guides. Will definitely recommend to everyone

Great Tour ,Five Star service!

Questions & Answers

What is the difficulty level of this tour?
It has a medium difficulty level. The trek is not really demanding, but the weather conditions (warm and humid) make it more difficult.

How are the 4 and 5-day tours different?
The first 3 days of the tour are shared between both tours. It is only on the 4th day of the tour when the groups split up, as the travelers who make the tour in 4 days start the return to Santa Marta. Those travelers who booked the 5-day tour will make one last trek to "Camp 1" on day 4, where they will spend the last night and enjoy an afternoon in the natural pools of the area. Afterwards, they will return to Santa Marta on the morning of the 5th day of the tour.

Does the guide speak English?
This depends on the guide, although most of them speak basic English, there will still be a translator joining the tour.

How many people will be in the tour?
The groups’ maximum size is 15 people, but usually there are 10 travelers per group.

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