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Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta

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Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta

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Overview

Challenge yourself on a 4- or 5-day hiking adventure through the Colombian jungle as you trek to the mythical Ciudad Perdida, or “Lost City,” hidden in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This vigorous trekking experience traverses the unspoiled terrain of the Colombian wilderness, culminating in a visit to an impressive indigenous archaeological site dating to the 9th century. Your small-group tour, limited to just 11 participants, also includes a guide, campsite accommodations, entrance fees, round-trip transport from hotels in Santa Marta and included meals as per the itinerary.
  • 4- or 5-day trek to Ciudad Perdida in the Sierra Nevada
  • Discover Colombia’s ‘Lost City’ and learn about the ancient Tayrona culture from an expert guide
  • Trek through the jungle, across rivers and past waterfalls
  • Enjoy meals and downtime at three different camps along the way
  • Pickup and drop-off in Santa Marta included
  • Small-group tour limited to 11 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off in Santa Marta
Bilingual guide
Accommodation at the camps
Entry tickets
Breakfast (4)
Dinner (4)
Lunch (5)
Unspecified food and drinks
Optional tips and gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up service from Santa Marta Hotels /Accommodations. Please enter your pick up details.
Let us know if your hotel/accommodation is not listed so we can arrange your pick-up (including zones like Pozos Colorados).

* Note: pick-up from other towns have an additional cost (including but not limited to Taganga). Please contact us to arrange it.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Explore the scenic backcountry of Colombia on a 4- or 5-day trek to Colombia’s legendary Ciudad Perdida, or “Lost City,” hidden deep in the dense jungle. Have your own Indiana Jones-style adventure as you hike 29 miles (47 kilometers) through the beautiful backcountry, passing unspoiled waterfalls and rivers along the way, eventually reaching this amazing archaeological site.

Depending on the length of the trek you choose, you’ll have time to visit local indigenous villages along the way, swim in natural pools and camp each night among the lush wilderness of the Colombian jungle. Your trip reaches its climax with a chance to explore Ciudad Perdida, admiring the sites intricate plazas and stone terraces carved into the hillside.
Itinerary
Ciudad Perdida
Explore the scenic backcountry of Colombia on a 4-day trek to Colombia’s legendary Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) hidden deep in the dense jungle. Have an adventure as you hike through the beautiful hinterlands, passing through unspoiled waterfalls and rivers along the way, eventually reaching this amazing archaeological site. Depending on the length of the trek you choose, you’ll have time to visit local indigenous villages along the way, swim in natural pools and camp each night among the lush wilderness of the Colombian Jungle. Your first day begins meeting between 7:30 am and 8:30 am to go on a 3-hour road trip to a small town called El Mamey, where you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant serving typical Colombian Food. After lunch, the first trek begins. You will have a 4-hour hike to the first campsite. When you arrive, you will have dinner and then the whole night to rest from your long day of trekking.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Camp Accomodation
Meals:
 Lunch  Dinner  
Ciudad Perdida
You will wake up early and eat a quick breakfast before departing around 6 am for a 2-hour trek to an indigenous village called Mutanzi. You will then walk for about 40 minutes from Mutanzi to the 2nd Campsite where a delicious lunch will be served for you. Finally, rest for a while and get ready for one last 4-hour trek to the 3rd camp where you will dine and rest for the night.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Camp accomodation
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Ciudad Perdida
After breakfast, leave camp around 6 am to hike to Ciudad Perdida, which you’ll reach around 7 am. You'll enter climbing its 1,200 stone stairs, and will have two hours to explore the ancient city set in the dense jungle. Our guide will give you a quick tour and be present to answer all of your questions. After, you will return to the 3rd campsite where you’ll have lunch and will be able to rest for a while. In the afternoon, get ready for a 4-hour trek back to the 2nd camp, where you’ll have dinner and stay for the night.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Camp Accommodation
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Ciudad Perdida
Wake up early and eat a quick breakfast before departing around 6am for your 4-hour trek to the 1st camp. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the camp and then have a wonderful ecological hike to a natural pool and a coffee farm. You’ll have diner at the camp where you’ll spend the night.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Camp or Hammock accommodation
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Ciudad Perdida
After breakfast, the longest hike will take place. You will trek for 7-hours, mostly downhill, to El Mamey, where you’ll have lunch, as on Day 1. Our guide will then take you back to Santa Marta where you'll arrive in mid-afternoon.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • PLEASE NOTE: To access Ciudad Perdida, you need a negative PCR COVID test at least 72 hours in advance. Failure to comply with this requirement, will result in cancellation of the tour.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If the PCR COVID test is positive, you will have a full refund.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements or allergies at time of booking
  • We recommended you bring good hiking shoes, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, a hat and a refillable water bottle. You may also want to pack a flashlight, a roll of toilet paper, small snacks and hand sanitizer.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We recommended you bring a comfortable backpack and/or luggage that is easy to carry and ideally, waterproof.
  • Quick dry clothes and towel are highly recommended but not mandatory.
  • Lodging information: There will be both beds and/or hammocks available on all three campsites, all with mosquito nets. You will be assigned one or the other depending on availability. We will also provide blankets upon request since it can get chilly at night at the base of a snow-peak. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from sleeping in a hammock, please let us know in advance.
  • Pick up time at your hotel or accommodation will happen between 8:00am and 9:00am
  • Please Note: No plastic is allowed in the national park.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Impulse Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta.

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