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Walk for 4 days to Ciudad Perdida, Santa Marta

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Stop At: Centro Historico de Santa Marta, Calle 22 Av.del Ferrocarril, Santa Marta Colombia
odo begins around 9:30 am in the Expotur office where in a 4 × 4 truck we take course for 2 ½ hours to the Mamey region, where we have lunch and then start the search for the sacred place of the Tayronas (former inhabitants of The lost City). At the end of the afternoon we arrive at Camp 1, in its surroundings we will find rivers, natural pools, waterfalls for moments of relaxation, then we will have dinner and there will be accommodations prepared in hammocks to rest and spend the night.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Night in camp with showers, bathrooms, beds and hammocks to rest and spend the night.

Day 2: CAMP 1 - CAMP 3

Stop At: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Minca Colombia
The day begins and we have breakfast early, then start walking through the valley of the Buritaca River, there we will find numerous houses that make up an indigenous Kogui village called Mutanshi. Our journey of the day is approximately 7 hours, passing through the jungle of the Sierra Nevada and meeting with the natural diversity, until finally arriving directly at Camp 3 where we eat, rest and spend the night.
Duration: 7 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Night in own camp of the rural population of the region, with beds and hammocks to rest and spend the night.

Day 3: CAMP 3 - CITY LOST - CAMP 2

Stop At: Ciudad Perdida, El Mamey Sierra Nevada, Santa Marta 470007 Colombia
Very early we have breakfast, to start the ascent to our destination, we start climbing 1,200 steps, road built by the Tayronas themselves, in the end we will find the Lost City, once there the guide will show us and give information about the magical place full of relics and ancestral stories, we will spend the morning enjoying the landscapes of the destination, having enough time to rest and take pictures, finally we will take lunch and continue the same way back to reach Camp 2 where we have dinner and spend the night.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Night in own camp of the rural population of the region, with beds and hammocks to rest and spend the night.

Day 4: CAMP 2 - EL MAMEY

Stop At: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Minca Colombia
The last day of the adventure begins with breakfast to continue the way back to the point where it all began, the road will find rivers and waterfalls to refresh, until finally reach the Mamey where we will have lunch and the truck will wait for us to return the city of Santa Marta where we will arrive around 5:00 p.m. having totally enjoyed an enriching new experience in the magical Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Edificio Rex, Cl. 17 #3-27, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up at all hotels in the historic center of Santa Marta, rodadero and Taganga. However, you should consult previously about the place of collection and wait for confirmation via email.

Departure Time
8:00 AM
4 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 3x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • 4x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Centro Historico de Santa Marta
  • Entry/Admission - Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • Entry/Admission - Ciudad Perdida
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • It is recommended to have the yellow fever vaccine as a preventive measure for the tour
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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These are the best words I can find to describe the 4-day trek to Ciudad Perdida. I will start straight away by saying that it is physically demanding. This ain't a stroll in the jungle. The constant uphill or downhill is the major component that...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank NikiMil
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did the lost city trek with 7 friends. We had amazing time in nature, and the ancient city made even more interesting by Wilson’s stories.

Thank bdnoor
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

what an epic hike. it was harder than I thought it would be but definitely worth it, the hike and the lost city itself. organization of expotur was superb. must-do in columbia, while it’s not so touristic yet. at last but not least, we were...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was the hardest trek of our entire lives, but it was totally worth it! We had an amazing time trekking through the Colombian rainforest with our guide, Idarle. Our group was 12 people, which was the perfect size. It allowed us to speak to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank anurbanjourney
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the most amazing treks I've ever done in my life. I found it a lot more unique and powerful than the Inca trail. The scenery, natural environment and cultural insights along the way were amazing - there are still indigenous tribes...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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10 August 2019|
Response from Claudia R | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The Lost City is closed in September for the gathering of native communities that live in Tayrona.
Catherine M
3 June 2019|
Response from J V |
Yes they do.
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