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Lost City Trek

Discover The Lost City and its surroundings

5 days
5 (2 reviews)

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Lost City Trek tour information

location_onSanta Marta
timer 5 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 tour to the Lost City of Santa Marta is an experience that combines nature, hiking, and archeology in a unique natural location; such as, the Colombian jungle, which is inhabited by the indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada, and still retains its traditional lifestyle. This is a tour where you walk an average of six hours a day through the jungle crossing rivers, enjoying unique landscapes, and taking time for yourself and to share your adventures with the rest of the group. The nights are spent in camps in the jungle where we will meet other groups and will have time to share our experiences with each other. This adventure culminates with the arrival in Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City), where you still feel the energy and mysticism of another time since it has remained practically intact for centuries, making this tour one of the best experiences you can have 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
access_time9 : 00 AM
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 “Camp 1”, where you will have lunch and spend the night in hammocks or beds with mosquito nets.

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
access_time7 : 00 AM
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’ll stop for lunch at “Camp 2” and pass the local village of Mutanzi, where you’ll 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 “Camp 3”, where you will eat dinner and spend the night in comfy camps.

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.

todayDAY 4 Camp 2 - Camp 1

4 h Difficulty: Moderate Test: Camp 1
access_time7 : 00 AM
After breakfast, you will start trekking to "Camp 1". After 4 hours of trekking you will have lunch with your group and you will be able to enjoy the natural swimming pools of the surroundings. After a fun afternoon in the Colombian jungle you will have dinner with the whole group and spend the last night in the camp.

todayDAY 5 Camp 2 - Mamey - Santa Marta

3 h Difficulty: Moderate
access_time8 : 00 AM
This last day of the tour will be dedicated to returning to Santa Marta. After breakfast, you will make one last trek from "Camp 1" to Mamey, lasting 3 hours. There you will eat the whole group together and after the meal you will be picked up by a 4x4 to make a journey of about 3 hours to Santa Marta. Once arrived you will say goodbye to the guide and adventure companions, ending this experience in the incredible Colombian jungle.

Tour details


  • Transportation
  • Professional tour guide
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Entrance to La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)
  • Indigenous communities fee
  • Everything that is needed to enjoy this 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 16º C (60º F). In addition, good footwear and a light backpack are essential since you will walk long distances with luggage. 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 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.

Lost City Trek tour reviews with Howlanders

Overall rating
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Awesome TREK!

My boyfriend and I have dreamed about travelling to Lost City of Colombia all our lives. The Trek was more tired than we expected, but it didn't matter because the place was amazing. Kisses to all my tour friends!!

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 and walk together the groups that will make the trek in 4 and 5 days. It is on the 4th day of the tour when the group splits up, as the travelers who make the tour in 4 days start the return to Santa Marta that day. Meanwhile, those travelers who booked the 5-day tour on day 4 of the tour will make one last trek to "Camp 1", 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 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.

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