Hike pre-Hispanic trails, swim under waterfalls & discover a spellbinding ancient lost city.
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You'll be collected from the airport and then transferred to your hotel in Medellin. Surrounded by parklands, it's a great place to go for a stroll, or simply relax after a long flight. For those who want to, there's an option to go on a tour around Medellin, which ends with a cable car ride to a fantastic viewpoint of the city.
In the evening, you can join your fellow adventurers for dinner at a local restaurant.
After an early start, and traditional Colombian breakfast, you'll start your hike towards El Tigre Ridge. You'll hike along ancient trails, crossing the Melcocho river before reaching a great swimming spot. In the evening, you'll stay with a local Colombian family who will teach you how to cook local cuisine.
Waving goodbye to the local family, you'll hike through majestic forests and alongside the Rio Verde (Green River). If the weather permits, you'll be able to bathe in the rivers and swim underneath waterfalls along the way. In the evening, you'll be welcomed by your next local family, as you spend the evening in their home.
After a morning swim in the crystal-clear river, you'll begin your hike up to a viewpoint which overlooks the whole valley and allows you to look back on the previous day's hikes. You'll then enjoy a local lunch, before heading to Sonsón. Here you'll catch your first glimpse of a unique high-altitude ecosystem called a paramo, that only exists in the Andes Mountains. In the afternoon, you'll be transferred back to Medellin.
After breakfast in your hotel, you'll take a 1-hour flight to Santa Marta on the Caribbean Coast. It is here that you explore the coastal mountain region, known locally as the heart of the world. You'll also pay a visit to the Arhuaco indigenous culture, who are a community of people still living in the mountains. Spend the evening wandering through the palm-shaded Parque de los Novios, enjoying the wide variety of street art and live music.
Today you'll trek through thick jungle, before taking a boat ride to ancient platforms built by the indigenous community. Just before sunset, hop into an inflatable tube and meander down the river, past monkeys before reaching a deserted beach. The evening will be spent in an eco-lodge located in the heart of the jungle.
You'll start the day with a 4x4 transfer to Machete Pelao - the start of your trek to the Lost City. Your trek starts with winding tracks through small farming villages and ends at your cabin in the jungle. You'll have the evening to relax, and even take a dip in the river if the weather allows.
You'll be woken today by the sounds of all the birds in the jungle. You continue your journey towards the Lost City while learning about the sacred traditions of the indigenous Wiwa and Kogi tribes. The evening will be spent hearing myths and legends of the land and history behind the civilisation that used to live in Ciudad Perdida – the Lost City.
Today you'll discover a sacred land shrouded in mystique and ancient traditions. Led by your guides, you ascend the 1200 steps to Ciudad Perdida. As well as having time to explore, the group takes part in a ceremony to pay tribute to the surrounding natural environment. In the evening, you'll head back into the jungle and enjoy a traditional meal.
After another wholesome breakfast, you'll begin the hike back to Machete. The descent includes various spots for bathing under waterfalls and in rivers. You'll then take a 4x4 transfer back to the eco-lodge at La Sierra.
After your final breakfast, you'll be taken in private transport to the airport. Alternatively, you may choose to stay in Colombia for a few more days and carry on your adventure.
Start: There are two private transfer times on day 1 of the itinerary. One at midday and one late afternoon. This can change depending on arrival times.
End: Your guides will transfer you back to the airport at 9 am on day 11 of your itinerary.
During the Antioquia trek, you'll stay in basic farms with local families. While doing the Lost City Trek you'll stay in camps in beds or hammocks. During non-trekking days you'll stay in comfortable hotels in shared rooms of two or three. Single rooms are available upon request and at an extra cost. See a breakdown below:
Day 1: Hotel with twin sharing rooms, private bathroom and warm water. Wifi is available.
Day 2: Country house in a 5 person room. Shared bathroom, no hot water and no wifi.
Day 3: Country house in a 5 person room. Shared bathroom, no hot water and no wifi.
Day 4: Hotel with twin sharing rooms, private bathroom and warm water. Wifi is available.
Day 5: Hotel with twin sharing rooms, private bathroom and warm water. Wifi is available.
Day 6: Hotel with twin or triple sharing rooms, private bathroom and warm water. Wifi is not available.
Day 7: Cabin with dormitory-style rooms. Shared bathroom with no hot water. No wifi is available.
Day 8: Cabin with dormitory-style rooms. Shared bathroom with no hot water. No wifi is available.
Day 9: Cabin with dormitory-style rooms. Shared bathroom with no hot water. No wifi is available.
Day 10: Hotel with twin or triple sharing rooms, private bathroom and warm water. Wifi is not available.
Day 11: Accommodation not included.
Day 1: Welcome snacks and drink.
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Breakfast
Day 6: Breakfast
Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: Breakfast
This trip is for people who are interested in group travel and have a keen desire for trekking and adventure.
All our guides are bilingual and any Spanish segments will be translated into English.
You'll get a real taste of local Colombian cuisine - from community-cooked soups called sancocho, to mountain lunches wrapped in banana leaves and from the finest coffee in the world to a huge variety of fresh fruit juices.
Of course, your guides offer a variety of food options and they will ensure that any allergies or food requirements are met throughout the trip.
You'll encounter a variety of climates. In Medellin the temperature is a steady 27 degrees °C and its dry seasons are September to February and May to July. Santa Marta’s climate is much more tropical and can hit 31 degrees °C during the day. The dry season is usually January to April.
During the Los Nevados trek we hire well-looked-after mules that will carry your luggage, leaving you to enjoy the journey without this concern. For the Lost City Trek you can leave your big suitcases in the hotel before the trek and collect them afterwards. You will need to take your own small backpack on the Lost City Trek so pack well! You will be revisiting a couple of camps on the way so you can leave any dirty clothes and pick them up on the return journey. Note: we can offer extra assistance with transporting small bags for those needing special assistance due to health reasons.
Large backpack or suitcase (20kg max)
Small backpack (20-30 litres)
A light poncho-type of waterproof
Quick-dry walking boots
Quick-dry light trekking trousers
Thin walking socks
T-shirts or vests
Sturdy waterproof sandals for river swimming
Reusable water bottle
Personal wash kit including toothpaste, toothbrush and toilet paper
Personal medical kit including painkillers, blister treatment etc (optional)
Biodegradable bags for toilet paper waste
Biodegradable soap for washing in the jungle
Waterproof backpack cover
Walking sticks (optional)
The minimum age for this trip is 21
The maximum group sizes are 9.
Passengers should note that as of March 25, 2021, entry to the Lost City requires a negative PCR test 72 hours beforehand. Your local guides will arrange a test to be taken in the city of Santa Marta before the trek begins. If the passenger receives a positive result he/she would have to follow local health guidelines and self-isolate.