Trek Lost City Colombia Ciudad Perdida Santa Marta


250 $ / person – Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights

250 $ / person –

Trek 5 Days / 4 Nights 

Trek Lost City Colombia Ciudad Perdida Santa Marta, culminates in the ruins of an ancient indigenous site that dates back further than Macchu Picchu. Moreover, this is a trek that demands something of those who participate. It’s a true adventurer’s hike, and one of the most rewarding in the continent and the best in Colombia.


The Lost City Trek Ciudad Perdida is the most adventurous option of excursions to this area of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, it is perfect for people who have tight schedule and are in good physical condition and enjoy the intense walking surrounded by lush nature and the company of the indigenous communities members. If you enjoy adventure and you are used to exercise or play sports, enjoy the best Trek Lost City Colombia Ciudad Perdida Santa Marta.


Difficulty : Moderate
Range of Altitude :
850 to 1'500m. / 2'789 to 4'920ft.
Distance Covered :
Approx. 46 km. / 28 miles


The Lost City was discovered in 1976 by a group of archaeologists from the Colombian Institute of Anthropology. Recent archaeological research in 2006 on the site indicate that this city was founded around 660 A.D. and was abandoned between 1550 to 1600 A.D. It is one of the most important cities of the 250 Tayrona villages discovered on the north and northeast part of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. Nowadays only circular stone terraces covered by jungle remain, but the views and the location of the site are extraordinary. A local name for Ciudad Perdida/Lost City is Teyuna.


The Trek Lost City Colombia Ciudad Perdida Santa Marta is considered medium to difficult. You need some past experience of trekking and a reliable pair of hiking shoes. You should also be prepared to rough it. The level can vary depending on the number of days on which the circuit is made, with the option of four days the most demanding and the option of 6 days more suitable for low physical performance.
In the trip of the Lost City you will have the opportunity to tour the rainforest of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and will appreciate the immense wealth in flora, fauna and history of this area. During the tour you will be accompanied by an expert guide in the region who will indicate the safety and illustrate about the wildlife, nature and history of the place.

Day 1 - Santa Marta, el Mamey, Camp 1

This adventure starts around 9:30 at the Tour Operator office where a 4WD car will take you in a 2 ½ drive to El Mamey, the place where we have lunch and then begin the search for the sacred place of Tayronas (antique Lost City residents). At the end of the afternoon we arrive at the first camp, and in its surroundings we’ll find rivers, natural pools and waterfalls to have a relaxation moment, and then we have dinner and spend the night in hammocks.

Day 2 - Camp 1 to Camp 3

The day begins and we have breakfast early in the morning, then we start to walk by the riverside of Buritaca River where we’ll find plenty of houses which make part of a Kogui indigenous village called Mutanshi. Our trek during the day will takes about 7 hours going through the jungle of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and enjoying the biodiversity to finally reach the third camp (equipped with hammocks, beds and tents) where we’ll have a delicious dinner and rest after an adventurous day.

Day 3 - Camp 3 to Lost City and Camp 2

Early in the morning we have breakfast to start climbing up 1.200 steps to our main destination, a trail constructed by Tayrona people to reach the beautiful Lost City. Once we get there the guide will show you everything related to this magic place full of relics and ancestral stories, we’ll spend the morning enjoying the landscapes and having enough time to rest and take pictures, finally we’ll have lunch at the third camp and then go back to the camp 2 for having dinner and spend the night.

Day 4 - Camp 2 to el Mamey and Back Santa Marta

The last day of this adventure begins with the breakfast at the camp to then continue the way back to the point where all it started, during the walk we’ll find rivers and waterfalls to have refreshing breaks. Finally we reach El Mamey, place where we’ll have lunch and our 4WD car will pick us up to go back to Santa Marta arriving around 5.00 PM completely delighted of a lifetime experience in the magic Sierra Nevada.

  • Transportation from/to Santa Marta YES
  • Meals during the Trek YES
  • Accommodation in hammocks/beds/tents YES
  • Mules to transport food YES
  • Local Guide YES
  • Entrance in the archaeological site YES
  • Contribution to indigenous communities YES
  • Lodging in Santa Marta NOT
  • Tips NOT

Trek Lost City Colombia Ciudad Perdida Santa Marta


Trek in the middle of the Rainforest, Lost City Ruins


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Lost city trek starts in Santa Marta, Caribbean Coast

Trek Lost City Colombia Ciudad Perdida Santa Marta


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