1. Colombia
  2. Magdalena
  3. Santa Marta
  4. The Lost City

Santa Marta: Multi-Day Trek to The Lost City

Product ID: 391869
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Take an incredible multi-day adventure and trek into the jungle in search of the Lost City. Learn about the indigenous communities and breathtaking nature of the region as you make your way to one of South America’s most amazing archeological sites.
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Duration: 4 - 6 days
Starting time 9:30 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Pickup included from Santa Marta urban perimeter, Rodadero and Taganga

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Experience

Highlights
  • Choose between a 4,5 or 6-day tour
  • Explore Santa Marta's Sierra Nevada to find the Lost City
  • Discover sights, lookouts, natural pools and rivers along the way
  • Travel safe in the company of a professional and experienced guide at all times
  • Interact with the ancestral culture of the indigenous people
Full description
Embrace your inner explorer with a multi-day trek through the jungle from Santa Marta to the Lost City. Follow an experienced professional guide through the Colombian jungle, learning about the flora and fauna as you go.

Encounter the archaeological site of an ancient city in Santa Marta's Sierra Nevada, believed to have been founded around 800 CE, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu.

Choose between a 4,5 or 6-day trek. See a series of 169 terraces carved into the mountainside, a network of tiled roads, and several small circular plazas. Access the entrance by climbing up 1,200 stone steps through dense jungle.

4 or 5-Day Trek

Day 1 - The adventure to the Lost City starts around 9:30 AM with a 3-hour drive by 4WD to El Mamey, a place where you will have lunch and begin the trek in search for the sacred place of the Tayronas. The first day will consist of a smooth walk of about 4 hours (approximately 7.6 km). Stop at the Lookout Las Tres Cruces for a snack and taste delicious fruits. Relax at some natural pools and waterfalls to refresh before arriving at the first camp in the end of the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 - The day begins with a nice breakfast early in the morning, before you start to walk towards the Wiwa camp. This is located by the riverside of Buritaca River, where you can enjoy a refreshing bath, rest and have lunch. From there, follow the adventure into the jungle where you will find plenty of houses that form part of a Kogui indigenous village called Mutanyi. Continue the trek until reaching the camp where you will rest for the second day. The whole trek consists of about 7 hours or 14.7 KM, mostly uphill with some downhill while enjoying the rich biodiversity of the place. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 - Very early in the day you will be served breakfast before starting the trek towards the highlight of the trip. Climb up 1,200 steps in a trail constructed by Tayrona people to reach the stunning Lost City, surrounded by a deep, vast and mythical jungle. Your guide will show you everything related to this magical place full of relics and ancestral stories and you can spend the morning enjoying the landscapes & taking pictures. Finally, you will start trekking back to the same camp that you left in the morning. Have lunch before continuing towards the Wiwa camp where you will spend the night. Again, this will be around a 7 hours day trek but only with 6 KM of uphill and downhill tracks. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4 - You will have an early breakfast before beginning the 2-hour walk towards the camp where you spent the first night. When arriving, the group will be divided between the people who are doing the 4 or 5-day tour. For the people who are on the last day, you will have a short rest accompanied by fruit and water before continuing the trekking for another 4-hours until reaching El Mamey where you will have lunch and hop in a 4 WD jeep that will take you back to Santa Marta.

For the people who decided on the 5-day tour, you will be served lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing at the camp where you can observe the views, relax and interact with others before spending the night. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5 - The last day begins with the breakfast before walking to El Mamey, place where you will have lunch and the 4 WD jeep will take you back to Santa Marta.

6-Day Trek

Day 1 -
The adventure to the Lost City starts around 9:30 where a 4 WD jeep will take you on a 3-hour drive to El Mamey, a place where you will have lunch and begin the trek in search for the sacred place of the Tayronas. The first day will consist of a smooth walk of about 4 hours walking for 7.6 KM where we will stop at the Lookout Las Tres Cruces to have a snack and taste delicious fruits and at some natural pools & waterfalls to relax and refresh before arriving at the first camp in the end of the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 - The day begins with a nice breakfast early in the morning, before you start to walk towards a indigenous reserve where you will have the opportunity to learn about the Wiwas & Koguis cultures. You will spend the day in the second camp enjoying the river and the cultural exchange. The whole trek consists of only 3 hours in relatively smooth terrain. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 - You will begin the descent towards the Buritaca river valley after breakfast, where during the tour, you will find some indigenous housing that forms a small community known as the Mutanyi. From there, you will continue on the path to the next camp. In that journey, enjoy a bath in one of the rivers, learn about the flora and fauna and have some breaks to rest up. The whole trek consists of 5 hours, with some ups and downs. At night enjoy stories and adventures narrated by the guides in the camp. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4 - Very early in the day, you will be served breakfast before starting the trek towards the highlight of the trip. You will climb up 1,200 steps in a trail constructed by Tayrona people to reach the stunning Lost City, surrounded by a deep, vast and mythical jungle. Your guide will show you everything related to this magical place full of relics and ancestral stories and you can spend the morning enjoying the landscapes & taking pictures. Finally, you will start trekking back to the same camp left in the morning to have lunch to continue towards the camp where you will spend the night. This will be around a 7 hours day trek but only with 6 KM of uphill and downhill tracks. Dinner and overnight. 

Day 5 - After breakfast, begin the journey towards Santa Marta. This will be a 2-hour trek to the camp where you will be served lunch and spend the rest of the day chilling at the as you observe the views, relax and interact with others before spending the night. Dinner and overnight. 

Day 6 - The last day begins with the breakfast before walking to El Mamey, place where we will have lunch and the 4 WD jeep will take you back to Santa Marta.
Includes
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Entrance ticket to the Lost City archaeological site
  • Accommodation in the jungle in hammocks or beds with mosquito nets
  • 4×4 Jeep transportation between Santa Marta and Mamey
  • Purified water, fruits and snacks on the walk
  • Contributions for the development of the indigenous communities of the region
  • Guide service in Spanish and English
  • Accident insurance
  • Suitcase storage (during trek days)
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks besides water
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Rain gear
  • Flip-flops
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Socks
  • Cash
  • Flashlight
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Personal medication
  • Quick-dry clothing
Know before you go
• Camps will be equipped with electricity, toilets and showers. You will be sleeping in hammocks or beds with mosquito nets
• The accommodation and food establishments belong to the communities that inhabit the area. The operators strive for optimal service, however they are independent
• Climate is around 26 °C to 32 °C, so its warm and quite humid. At night the temperature can be cooler at about 18 °C
• Rain can usually occur at sunset and the trail may have slippery parts, full of mud
• During trek you will cross some rivers or streams and there will be mosquitos within the jungle

From £245.98 per person