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Lost City Trek Colombia

Trek to the Lost City in 4 days

4 days
4.6 (12 reviews)

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Lost City Trek Colombia 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 Lost City Trek Colombia in 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 inhabit. 

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.

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 ‚ě° 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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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

todayDAY 2 ‚ě° 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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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

todayDAY 3 ‚ě° 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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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

todayDAY 4 ‚ě° 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 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

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
Accommodation can be in hammocks or bunk beds, no choice and is assigned upon arrival. Includes mosquito nets and blankets.

Not included

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Mules to carry luggage

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 Colombia

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 Colombia 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 Colombia 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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