Enjoy one of the most adventurous and unforgettable hikes in South America. Walk four days through deep Caribbean jungle to reach the spellbinding archaeological site of Ciudad Perdida - the Lost City. Expect to wade through waist-high rivers, shower under waterfalls, and sleep among thick vegetation and wildlife. Along the way, you will be guided by experts and natives who connect you to a fascinating civilization almost totally unchanged from the 7th century.
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We arrange a private airport pick-up before taking you from the international airport to your hotel in Santa Marta's historical center. Before dinner, we visit the city's Gold Museum to enjoy an introduction to this remarkable region and an overview of what is in store for you over the next four days. Enjoy an evening in delightful Parque de Los Novios, listening to live street music, chatting with locals, and taking in the sultry Caribbean vibe.
Meet the rest of your group in Santa Marta before heading along a stunning coastal road to the entrance of the trek. Here, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before beginning this memorable journey. To relax after your first day's trekking you will be able to swim in a natural pool and enjoy stories of the region from our expert guides. Enjoy a lunch in the jungle camp and free time to relax.
Hiking time: 6 hours
Hike closer to the mystical ancient city, learning the traditions and customs of the native Kogi and Wiwa communities. You will immerse yourself in native culture, learning about their sacred tools, their clothing, and their mission to show the rest of the world the importance of living in harmony with Mother Nature. Expect to wade through waist-high rivers, along mountain peaks, and alongside towering waterfalls. After hearing mystical stories of the land over dinner, you'll stay in jungle camps either in bunk beds or hammocks.
Hiking time: 10 hours.
Today you'll reach Ciudad Perdida, an ancient site shrouded with mist, glory, and magic. Bask in your trekking achievement above the clouds and looking into the thick jungle atop one of the top platforms. Discover from our expert guides how the ancient Taironas built this city, its stone walkways, circular terraces, and comfortable homes. After hearing about stories of the Spanish conquest and the city's rediscovery by graverobbers, we will begin our journey back, once again staying in jungle camps either in bunk beds or hammocks.
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Your epic journey will come to an end with another adventurous day hiking and, depending on the pace of the group, some time bathing in natural pools and rivers. After enjoying a local lunch, we jump into our private 4x4 jeep and transport you back to your hotel in Santa Marta, or can arrange other transfers upon request.
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Daily walks will last between 4 and 8 hours. We will set off early every morning so you have plenty of time to relax in your camp and enjoy time swimming in the natural pools and rivers.
We offer a wide range of food options local to the Caribbean area and Colombia in general. You will enjoy hearty breakfasts with eggs, arepa (cornbread), lots of fruit, and of course Colombian coffee. Lunch and dinner will vary day to day and will range from fish with vegetables to pasta and grilled chicken with rice and beans. All your meals will be prepared by local cooks, travelling with you along the way. We can adjust the food options to any requirements or allergies you may have.
Yes, you will need to present a negative Covid-19 test before entering the Lost City. This test needs to be taken at least 72 hours before the start of the trek. Note: We can arrange a test for you in Santa Marta on the day before the trek. You will also be given a brief about bio-security protocols before you begin the trek.
Santa Marta’s climate is tropical and can hit 31 degrees °C during the day. The dry season is usually January to April where conditions will be humid with the occasional shower in the late afternoon/evening.
The trek starts at 150 meters above sea level and reaches 1200 meters. The highest point is actually the Lost City itself.
Yes, this is part of the adventure so we advise you to pack light and pack well. We will give you a complete packing list before the start of the trek and you can always leave your main bag in your hotel during the trek. If for whatever reason you are unable to carry your backpack along the trail we will make provisions for this.
It is a challenge but you don't need to have any previous trekking experience to enjoy this trip. However, we do recommend that you are in good physical shape and that you are ready for an adventure where unexpected things might happen. Our advice is that you take it at your own pace and be prepared for any kind of weather.
Yes, if you present your vaccination certificate you are able to enjoy the trek without presenting a negative Covid-19 test.
Of course there are no ATMs on the trek. Although everything is covered in the price, bringing extra money for extra snacks, tips and any handicrafts you may want to but would be useful. Anything between 50 and 80 USD should be enough.
For the Lost City trek, you can leave your big suitcases in the hotel before the trek and collect them afterward. 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. We can offer extra assistance with transporting small bags for those needing special assistance due to health reasons.
We offer private transportation from the airport to your hotel in Santa Marta in a small bus or car. To get to the start of the Lost City trek you will travel along the coast and then into La Sierra in a 4x4.
We ensure that all guides, cooks and translators are well paid so tipping is not obligatory. However, if you decide to tip we encourage you to tip the local team evenly.
While in Santa Marta, you will stay in a comfortable hotel located in the historical center. During the Lost City trek, you will stay in shared jungle camps in hammocks or bunk beds, depending on availability. Single rooms are available upon request in Santa Marta and at an extra cost and subject to availability.