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Lost City tour from Santa Marta in 5 days
Lost City tour from Santa Marta in 5 days
Lost City tour from Santa Marta in 5 days
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Lost City Trek Colombia 5 Days

Lost City tour from Santa Marta in 5 days

(12 reviews)
Santa Marta
5 days
English & Spanish
Starts: From your lodging in Santa Marta or Taganga between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m.
Ends: To Santa Marta or Taganga at around 5:00 p.m.
Free cancellation!

Briefing

The Ciudad Perdida - Lost City 5 days tour is an intense experience that mixes trekking, nature and archaeology. This tour is the extended version of the popular 4-day Lost City Trek Colombia (Ciudad Perdida). We will walk through the jungle an average of 6 hours a day in an enclave managed by the indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada, which still preserve a traditional lifestyle.

We will stay in camps managed by the communities. This adventure will take you to discover the Lost City, also known as Teyuna, where you can still feel the energy and mysticism of another time, making this tour one of the best experiences you can live in Colombia.

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

Tour details

Included

  • Transportation
  • Professional tour guide
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Entrance to La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)
  • Indigenous communities fee

Not included

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Alcoholic beverages

Important information

This tour requires a minimum of two passengers to confirm the reservation. In case this number is not reached and your reservation cannot be confirmed, we will contact you to offer you different alternatives.

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 - 04 h
Starting elevation: 140 m
Max. elevation: 450 m
Difficulty: Easy
Rest: Camp 1

9 : 00 AM

The adventure begins 🎒

The guide will pick us up at our lodging in Santa Marta between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. to start the Lost City Trek Colombia 5 days. After a 2 and a half-hour drive in our jeep, we will arrive at Mamey, where we will have lunch. We will start our trek and during the next 4 hours, we will pass by rivers and waterfalls, enjoying this incredible jungle. Around 6:30 p.m. we will have arrived at Camp 1, where we will have dinner and spend the night in hammocks or beds with mosquito nets to sleep.

couple trekking from mamey to camp 1 lost city

DAY 2 ➡ Camp 1 – Mutanzi - Buritaca River - Camp 3

15.2 Km - 07 h
Starting elevation: 500 m
Max elevation: 900 mslm
Difficulty: Moderate
Rest: Camp 3

7 : 00 AM

Visit the indigenous village 

We will get up early to have breakfast and thus make the most of the trekking day avoiding the hottest hours. We will walk through the jungle of the Sierra Nevada and the Buritaca river valley for 7 hours. On the way we will stop for lunch at "Camp 2" and visit Mutanzi, an indigenous village inhabited by the Kogui community. We will arrive at "Camp 3" to have dinner and spend the night.

group of koguis in their village in sierra nevada

DAY 3 ➡ Camp 3 - Lost City - Camp 2

10 Km - 05 h
Starting elevation: 900 m
Max elevation: 1200 mslm
Difficulty: Moderate
Rest: Camp 2

7 : 00 AM

Arrival at Lost City

We will start the day with breakfast and continue our hike up 1,200 steps to the Tayrona village. At the Lost City the guide will give us a tour and explain the history of this unique place. After this visit, we will have time to explore on our own. We will return to "Camp 2", where we will have dinner and spend the night.

traveler on his back admiring the lost city

DAY 4 ➡ Camp 2 - Camp 1

4 h
Maximum altitude: 140 masl
Difficulty: Moderate
Rest: Camp 1

7 : 00 AM

Natural pools in the Colombian jungle

After breakfast, we start our return to "Camp 1". After 4 hours of trekking we will have lunch and enjoy the surrounding natural pools. The afternoon has been fun in the Colombian jungle, it is time to have dinner and rest for our last night.

river in the jungle of sierra nevada colombia

DAY 5 ➡ Camp 1 - Mamey - Santa Marta

3 h
Difficulty: Moderate

8 : 00 AM

Return

This last day of the Lost City Trek Colombia 5 days tour will be dedicated to returning to Santa Marta. After breakfast, we will make the last trek from "Camp 1" to Mamey, lasting 3 hours. There we will have lunch and we will be picked up by a 4x4 vehicle for a 3-hour drive to Santa Marta. We will say goodbye to the guide and companions, ending this experience in the incredible Colombian jungle.

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What to bring to Lost City Trek Colombia 5 Days

  • 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 5 Days 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. 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.

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.
  • What is the difference between the 4 and 5 day Lost City tours?

    The first 3 days of the tour are shared and the groups that will do the trek in 4 and 5 days walk together. It is on day 4 of the tour when the group is divided, since the travelers who booked the 4-day tour start the return trip to Santa Marta. While, those travelers who booked the 5-day tour, on day 4 of the tour will make the last trek to "Camp 1", where they will spend the last night and enjoy an afternoon in the natural pools of the area. Afterward, you will start your return to Santa Marta on the morning of day 5 of the tour.
  • Does the guide speak English?

    This depends on the guide, although most of them speaks 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.
  • How high is The Lost City?

    The altitude ranges between 900 and 1,200 meters above sea level.
  • Do the camps have bathrooms and showers?

    Yes, all camps have a toilet and shower and we always recommend taking personal care products such as soap, toothbrush, etc.
  • What kind of luggage should I bring?

    A backpack for trekking is the best option, since you will walk long distance with it. Try to keep it lightweight, as you should just bring the basics you may need such as clothes, a water bottle, insect repellent or a flashlight. In case you can not leave the rest of your luggage at your accommodation, you can leave it in the main office.
  • What clothes do you advise me to wear for this tour?

    We recommend sneakers or boots, sports clothes for the trek and comfortable long-sleeved shirts and pants for the camps. You can find the whole packing list at “What to bring to Lost City Trek”.
  • What type of accommodation does the tour include?

    The accommodations are camps managed by the native communities. Once you arrive at the accommodation, they will provide you with a bed or a hammock, both options with mosquito netting, depending on availability. It is the community who assigns where you will sleep, so we cannot guarantee that you will have a bed when you make your reservation.
  • Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

    No, you will find sheets, blankets and mosquito nets on the beds.
  • Is there the possibility of having a special menu: vegetarian, gluten free, etc?

    Yes, any type of menu is available. You just need to leave a note during your booking.
  • What kind of shoes should I bring:

    The best options are waterproof hiking boots, but you can use regular boots or even comfortable sport shoes. In addition, it is really convenient to bring sandals to use at the camps while resting.
  • When is the best time to visit The Lost City?

    Any time of the year is good to visit The Lost City, but it is good to know that the rainy season is during the months of October and November. Take note that the month of September remains closed due to the natives taking part in a purification ritual.
  • Is The Lost City closed in February?

    No, The Lost City is closed in September for a purification ritual carried out by the natives. In February, Parque Tayrona closes, but this does not affect the trek since it is in a completely different sector.

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