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Lost City Trek

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The one that takes you on a journey of discovery to a lost city deep in the Colombian rainforest

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  • Duration

    5 days

  • Places

    6 places

  • Meals

    4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Van

  • Team

    Local Guide & Porters

Santa Marta, 1st Camp, 2nd Camp, 3rd Camp, Mamey, Lost City

Lost City Trek

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  • 4 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    4 nights in Camping

    You'll spend 4 nights nestled in nature, sleeping in hammocks under starlit skies (rustic bunks on your final night) as the sounds of the jungle lull you to sleep.

About this trip

On the hunt for the adventure of a lifetime? Ciudad Perdida (literally 'Lost City') disappeared into the jungle around the time of the Spanish Conquest and was only 'discovered' again in the 1970s. Deep in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, it remains accessible only by foot. You'll trek across snaking rivers and alongside waterfalls for five days as you make your way to the ancient archaeological site, founded by the Tayrona in the 9th century. This outdoor adventure can be tough — you’ll walk up to several hours each day — but worth it for the feeling you get as the lost city emerges from the mountain foliage.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
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  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. Santa Marta

  2. via via

    Mamey

  3. 1 1 night

    1st Camp

  4. 1 1 night

    2nd Camp

  5. 1 1 night

    3rd Camp

  6. via via

    Lost City

  7. 1 1 night

    2nd Camp

  8. via via

    Mamey

  9. Santa Marta

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DAY 1 - Santa Marta to 1st Camp via Mamey

Santa Marta

Your unforgettable adventure begins today with a morning pickup from your Santa Marta hotel and a 3-hour journey by 4-wheel-drive vehicle to the small town of El Mamey, where you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant serving delicious & authentic Colombian food.

Mamey

1st Camp

Arriving at our first camp, we'll relax and recharge, surrounded by lush forestland and rushing rivers, as we get set for the first leg of our spellbinding trek.

Stay

Primer Campamento

DAY 2 - 1st Camp to 2nd Camp

1st Camp

This morning we'll fill up with a hearty breakfast before departing for the gruelling but rewarding 4.5-hour trek to the 2nd camp. Along the way, we'll stop at the native community of Mutanyi, where you’ll meet members of the Kogi (or Cogui) indigenous group to learn about their fascinating tribe and rich traditions.

2nd Camp

When you reach the 2nd camp, you’ll have lunch and downtime to swim in the Buritaca River and kick back. Later, we'll swap stories over dinner before a much-deserved sleep.

Stay

Campamento Mumake y Teyumake (or similar)

DAY 3 - 2nd Camp to 3rd Camp

2nd Camp

This morning, we'll trek four hours to the 3rd camp, crossing the snaking river several times and admiring the incredibly varied landscape as we journey deeper into the jungle and pass a few village communities along the way.

3rd Camp

When we arrive at the 3rd camp, we'll have lunch and relax. During the afternoon and evening we'll put our feet up and soak in the sights and sounds of this awe-inspiring medley of mountain passes and thicketed jungle.

Stay

Campamento Paraiso Teyuna

DAY 4 - 2nd camp & the Lost City

3rd Camp

Today, after another much needed breakfast, we'll leave camp at 6am for the headline event: the ancient city of Ciudad Perdida, which you’ll reach around 9am and enter by climbing its 1,200(!) stone stairs.

Lost City

You’ll have about three hours to explore the ancient city, set in the dense jungle. Archaeologists believe it was founded around 800 AD by the Tayrona culture, (much older than Machu Picchu), but it remains shrouded in much mystery and speculation.

2nd Camp

In the afternoon, we'll trek for 2.5 hours back to the 2nd camp, where you’ll have dinner, still buzzing from what we've experienced today.

Stay

Campamento Mumake y Teyumake (or similar)

DAY 5 - 2nd Camp to Santa Marta via Mamey

2nd Camp

Today, after breakfast, we'll walk for seven hours back to El Mamey, where we'll have a delicious regional lunch. Our guides will then drive us back to Santa Marta where our adventure began.

Mamey

Santa Marta

We'll arrive mid-afternoon, exhausted, elated and eternally changed. This is the end of our Lost City Trek, but the experience will surely stay with us forever.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out www.lan.com for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.