Venture deep into the jungle in search of the Lost City on an intrepid trek where you will hike through indigenous villages, forge the Buritaca river, sleep in hammocks and climb 1,200 mossy steps to reach one of the largest Tayrona cities in Latin America.
Depart Santa Marta - Trek to 1st Camp (L/D)
Depart between 9:00 and 10:00 am from the door of your hostel by 4x4 vehicle for a 3-hour trip to reach the Mamey region. Here we will have a light lunch before beginning your exciting trek into one of the largest pre-Columbian towns in Latin America, once inhabited by the Tayrona civilization around the 11th to 14th century. Get ready for a 7-kilometer hike through the jungle passing by several natural pools where you can take a refreshing swim before reaching the first camp where you will set up your hammocks for the night, have dinner and get a good night’s sleep.
*Transfers: Please note that transfers from Cartagena to Santa Marta can be organized at an extra cost, please contact us for more information.
Trek to 2nd Camp (B/L/D)
Wake up for an early breakfast before departing on your 15-kilometer trek at 8:00 am. Walk through the indigenous Kogi village of Mutanshi to learn about local life in the jungle and the native inhabitants who live here. During the day you will meet indigenous families in their native lands and cross the river Buritaca several times refreshing yourself in the cool waters. During rainy season water levels can reach up to 1 meter deep. So today, please plan to wear water shoes or hiking sandals with good straps and be prepared to get wet. Snack on fresh fruits during the trek before reaching your second camp of the journey. Get settled in, have dinner and sleep here overnight in your hammocks.
Trek to Lost City (B/L/D)
Enjoy breakfast listening to the sounds of the jungle come awake and be ready to depart at 7:00 am for a 6-kilometer trek en route to the mysterious site of Ciudad Perdida with its mossy and awkwardly shaped, steep and mossy 1,800 steps that take you uphill to reach this ancient site. Nestled on the slopes of the Rio Buritaca river valley, the site overlooks the region from 1,300 meters above sea level. Here you will have magnificent views overlooking the dense jungle and rugged terrain. Walk among the 170 stone terraces and endless staircases that cover the approximately 2 square kilometers that was once the largest Tayrona city and major economic and political center. This will give you a better understanding on how large and spectacular this site really is. After the site visit we will return to our campsite from the night before and have dinner as we reminisce on the magical experience of discovering the Lost City in the jungle.
Explore the Lost City (B/L/D)
Have an early breakfast today at 6:30am and hit the trail by 7:00am for a 10-kilometer return trek to camp 1 crossing back over the Buritaca River and passing through the indigenous community of Mutanshi along the way. Enjoy the fresh jungle air and spectacular scenery as you make your way to camp where you will get settled in, have dinner and get a good night’s rest.
Return to Santa Marta (B)
Trek back another 7 kilometers today as you make your way back to the starting point of your trek in Mamey region where you will have lunch. Then take a van back to the coastal town of Santa Marta arriving around 5:00pm to rest up from your challenging trek and enjoy the amenities of civilization. Reminisce about your trek with friends and compare photos. Don’t forget to head over to the beach for a refreshing swim.
*Important Note: The itinerary may vary according to climatic conditions, river levels and availability at the campsites.
*Transfers: Please note that transfers from Santa Marta to Cartagena can be organized at an extra cost, please contact us for more information.
4 nights accommodation in camping (hammocks, mosquito nets and blankets)
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Trip Name: Small Group: Lost City Trek
Duration: 5 Days
From Price: $588
Supplier Tour ID: SMRLCT/167557
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