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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


  • 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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Nights spent per location

  1. Santa Marta

  2. via via


  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


  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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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