Lost City

Visiting The Lost City is an unforgettable adventure. Amid the dense flora of the Sierra and its natural park, lies Ciudad Perdida, which was discovered it in 1976. Its extension is roughly 13 hectares. Built around 700, it’s the principal urban center of the ancient Tayrona civilization and is one of the most important archaeological findings for the investigation of this culture. In the city where are circular plazas, stairs, paths, and canals made stone that were the foundations of dwellings made of straw and mud.

The sunrises and striking trails lead the trekkers into a 1,200-step staircase that will take you into the heart of Ciudad Perdida. Once you arrive, you’ll find several circular platforms, which are the last remnants of the homes inhabited by the indigenous Tayrona thousands of years ago. Near these platforms is a series of paths and channels of water that show what life was like the Ciudad Perdida (ProColombia).

  • Covid – 19 vaccination certificate is mandatory
  • Tour price: $1.400.000 – $1.700.000
  • Tours may range from 3 to 5-day roundtrip, depending on the difficulty level.

Standard itineraries

Day 1 Santa Marta • Mamey • Camp 1

  • Departure from agency office of pick up at hotel.
  • 3-hour drive to El Mamey.
  • Lunch in the village. 
  • 3-5 hour walk to Camp No. 1.
  • Dinner and overnight sleep-in hammocks or shared rooms.
  • You will enjoy natural pools and swimming during hiking breaks.

Day 2 Camp 1 • Mutanzi • Camp 3

  • Breakfast 6:00 – 7:00 am
  • Early departure from camp 1 – 2-hour hike to the Mutanzi indigenous village. Cultural tour and information will be provided.
  • 40-minute walk to camp No. 2 and lunch.
  • 4-hour hiking to the camp No. 3 – Mamo Romualdo.
  • Night in hammocks or beds with mosquito nets.
  • Dinner and overnight sleep-in hammocks or shared rooms.

Day 3 Camp 3 • Lost City • Camp 2

  • Breakfast 6:00 – 7:00 am
  • Early departure from camp 3 – 1-hour hike to the Lost City.
  • 2-hour spare time and tour to experience the archaeological, ethnological, and historical area and enjoy the place and the healing energy of the mountain.
  • Bath in the well of youth, a place that, according to legend, has wonderful properties
  • Return to the Camp 3, Lunch.
  • 4-hour hike to Camp 2.
  • Dinner and overnight sleep-in hammocks or shared rooms. 

Day 4 Camp 2 • Camp 1 • Ecological Walking

  • Breakfast 6:00 – 7:00 am
  • Early departure camp 2, 4-hour hiking to Camp 1 where you will spend the night.
  • Lunch and free time to enjoy nearby waterfalls and landscapes.
  • Dinner and overnight sleep-in hammocks or shared rooms. 

Day 5 Camp 1• Mamey

  • Breakfast.
  • Early departure camp 1, 3-hour hike to Camp El Mamey.
  • Lunch and return to Santa Marta (3:00 – 5:00 pm) or agreed drop-off point.

Tours usually include

  • Transport
  • Local Guide from the zone and English translator
  • Food
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation 
  • Contribution to indigenous communities, peasant communities and ICANH
  • Ticket to the archaeological zone
  • Snacks and fruits

Must bring and must Dos

  • ID
  • Notify food restrictions and health conditions
  • Don’t bring valuable or unnecessary items
  • 1 liter flask or thermos.
  • Conformable Trekking Boots (and trekking sandals – to cross the rivers)
  • 2-3 pair of shorts
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Trousers
  • Sweater
  • Flashlight
  • 5 t-shirts
  • 2 Swimsuits
  • Personal Toiletries (soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant among others)
  • Dry Towel
  • Comfortable backpack
  • Toilet Paper
  • Plastic Bag to keep dry clothing separate from wet clothing.
  • Appropriate socks
  • Camera

Make sure your backpack stays below 10kg considering the long hikes and river crossings.