Lost City Trek in Colombia
7 days from $1,006
- Journey through spectacular jungles and mountains en route to the Lost City
- Benefit from the expertise of an indigenous guide and an English-speaking group leader
- Discover the incredible Lost City on a guided tour of the site
- Share your hike with a group of like-minded explorers and make friends
- Camping accommodation and hot meals on the trek included!
Venture into the unknown as you embark on an unforgettable hike to Colombia’s Lost City of Teyuna. Lost for centuries in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this incredible site is only just being discovered by travellers, and offers a glimpse into an untouched and long-forgotten past. Accessible only by foot, you’ll journey through wild Colombian landscapes with an indigenous guide, crossing rivers and climbing mountain slopes as you push deeper and deeper into the jungle. You’ll explore the Lost City and bask in the incredible views of the surrounding countryside before returning to the modern world. This is a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
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Day 1: Welcome to Colombia! Arrive Santa Marta
Touch down in Colombia and make your way to your starting accommodation in the city. Settle into the local way of life, and pick up any last-minute things you might need for the trek tomorrow. Then get some sleep – you’ll need all the energy you can muster for your epic 5-day hike!
Day 2: Santa Marta to Wiwa Camp
The trek begins today! This morning we’ll transfer to Machete Pelao, the starting point for our trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, an ancient city that was founded in c.800. We’ll meet our indigenous guide, who’ll help us navigate through the jungle, and then we’ll set off. First, we’ll follow the Buritaca River, emerging among the circular huts of the Kogi people and making our way to our first campsite. Tonight, you can relax with a swim in the river or kick back and relax in a hammock! Watch the stars appear overhead and then bed down for the night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
(9 to 10 hours trekking – 14km)
Day 3: Wiwa Camp to Teyuna Paraiso Camp
Today marks the toughest part of the trek. We will hike along a steep incline as we follow the river deeper into ancient territory. Don’t worry though, we will take plenty of breaks and ensure we are all well hydrated! We arrive at the Teyuna Paraiso Camp this afternoon. The Lost City is almost within reach! Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
(7 to 8 hours trekking – 10km)
Day 4: Teyuna Paraiso Camp to Wiwa Camp
We rise early to climb the 1200 steps to the Lost City. The view is epic! The Sierra Nevada Mountains stretch into the distance and the ancient site stands before us, almost lost to the ravages of time. Built by the ancient Tayrona people, it is estimated that only 10% of the site has been discovered. We will have some time to explore the site and learn some more about the history of the city from a local guide. Then we’ll head back to camp for some chill-out time before heading back downhill to Wiwa Camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
(8 to 9 hours trekking – 10km)
Day 5: Wiwa Camp to Ricardito Camp
Our journey continues through thick jungle. We pass beneath banana trees and wander among cacao plants. Our hike takes us through small Kogi communities and wild grasslands. We’ll stop off at Adán camp for a refreshing dip in the river and then continue uphill to Ricardito Camp, which offers beautiful views of the surrounding region. Take the weight off your feet and wait for sunset – it’s a sight that’s not to be missed. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
(3 to 4 hours trekking – 7 km)
Day 6: Santa Marta
Wake up to your final day of hiking. We walk across gentle grassy hills and wind through local villages as we make our way back to Santa Marta. Once back in Santa Marta, you can go out for drinks to celebrate your achievement, or hit the hay for a much-needed early night! Breakfast and lunch included.
(4-5 hours trekking – 10km)
Day 7: Santa Marta
The trip ends this morning in Santa Marta. Head back to the airport or stick around to soak up some more Colombian culture. The Santa Marta gold museum is a must-see, while a visit to a former rum plantation offers a fascinating insight into local history. Breakfast included.
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- 6 nights’ hotel and camping accommodation
- Transfers from Santa Marta to the trek
- 5-day trek to Ciudad Perdida
- Indigenous guide and English-speaking group leader
- Guided tour of the Lost City
- 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Airport Transfers
- Some meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities
6 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. In Santa Marta, you will stay in a hotel, while on the trek you will stay at campsites in hammocks or bunks. The campsites have cold showers, flushing toilets and mosquito nets. We do not recommend bringing a sleeping bag as you will be too hot. A sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner will suffice.
6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners are included. All meals on the trek will be provided, but you may wish to pick up a few light snacks to keep you going between meals. Breakfasts will typically include juice, eggs, coffee or hot chocolate, and fresh fruit. Lunches and dinners will typically consist of rice and meat/fish with vegetables. A budget of US$70-90 is recommended for meals not included.
You should arrange your flight to arrive into Simon Bolivar International Airport in Santa Marta, Colombia (airport code SMR) on day 1 of your trip. You will then need to make your own way from the airport to your starting accommodation in the city. Your trip ends back in Santa Marta on day 7. Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18 years.
Due to the physical nature of this experience, you will need good level of health and fitness to complete the trek. You will be hiking at altitudes of 3,937ft and the humidity and heat make some sections of the trek quite challenging. You will need to carry your own gear, so we recommend packing light.
Travelling at Altitude
This trip goes above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse effects in their health due to the altitude. Please see further information on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visas and travel documents for your time away. British citizens can currently enter Colombia for up to 90 days without a visa. Other nationalities may require a visa. Please contact your nearest Colombian Embassy for the most up to date visa information. Passports must have at least 6 months’ validity remaining when entering the country.
Is The Trek Difficult?
Sections of the trek are challenging and, while you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete, you will need a good level of fitness. You will be hiking at high altitudes in hot and humid weather, and you will be carrying your gear on your back. Sometimes conditions can be wet and muddy. We recommend embarking on a few practice hikes before you depart to prepare for the trek.
When Should I Go?
You can embark on this trek all year round. During the dry season (December – March) the trail can be dry and dusty, while in the rainy season (April-November), the ground can become slippery and the river crossings can see you up to your waist in water!
What Should I Pack?
For your hiking days, you will need a day pack to carry your clothes, sturdy hiking boots, comfortable walking gear, waterproofs, and a sleeping sheet, as well as toiletries and other essentials. You may also wish to bring walking poles to help you on the hike. You'll be provided with a full packing list after booking your trip.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.