Introduction Lost City Trek

The hike to the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida in Spanish) is one of the most magical and memorable moments you can experience in Colombia.

Terrazas, Ciudad Perdida

A tour of 5 or 6 days that will take you through dense jungle, amazing mountainous landscapes and remote indigenous communities; this is travel at its best!

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=> Check our video of the trek on the right of the page!
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The Lost City itself includes hundreds of terraces and looks more like Palenque in México than Machu Picchu in Perú. But, the real interest is in the 5 or 6 day walk to get there. Hikking into the jungle, fighting mosquitoes, crossing rivers… that´s what it takes to get to the Los City and join the few fortunate ones that make it to the ancient capital of the Tayronas (around 1000 persons a year).

Romaldo, Shaman de los Kogis

Discovered in the 70´s, the Lost City is located on the sides of the Buriticá River, 1200 meters above sea level. Built by the Tayronas between the 11th and 14th centuries, Teyuna (the original name of the city) was the main urban center of the Tayronas in the Sierra Nevada with a population of a few thousands.

=> More info about the Lost City and around: History of the Lost CityPhotos of the Lost City TrekIndian Communities near the Lost CityFauna and Flora Lost City
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Rio Buritica, camino a la ciudad Perdida

The journey is an adventure but it´s safe and the guides are experienced. The hikes could be demanding (8 hours per day maximum) but you can also choose the 6 days tour if you think that it could be too much for you. If you´re still not sure this is the kind of journey you would enjoy, check out our Recommendations for the Lost City Trek or review some testimonials.

En route, you will be given plenty of food and fruits to make sure that you keep your energy levelshigh in order to enjoy the whole experience. At night, you sleep in either beds or hammocks in well maintained camps and you even have the possibility to refresh yourself with a cold beer.

=>If you've decided to take on the Lost City Trek, check the itinerary or start preparing your backpack.
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Terrazas, Ciudad PerdidaAll trips to the Lost City are organised by agencies based in Taganga or Santa Marta. This is one of the best treks in Colombia and in South America, don't miss it.

=> Information on how to book your trip to the Lost City

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The Lost Tigers

A few years back, the Zoo of Barranquilla was touring the region and a truck carrying African tigers crashed. The tigers ran away and the locals say they managed to acclimatize and reproduce on the hospitable slopes of the Santa Marta mountains!

We could not find out if this is a legend or based on true events but hey what a story to tell. Watch out and let us know if you see the Santa Marta tigers.

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Lost City - The Enemy!


You might think that Snakes, Pumas, Scorpions or even Tigers are the dangerous ones on your way to Ciudad Perdida, but don't be fooled... your worst enemy there will be... THE MOSQUITO!

In the Lost City, the vicious insect won't bite you, it will literally pump liters of blood out of your body, leave you 100s of stings that will wake you up in the middle of the night in terrible pain. And as a beautiful goodbye gift, your legs, feet and arms will wear ugly scars that will take weeks to go away.

So, as a flamethrower might be a little heavy to put in your bag, you will have to find the right repellent and never EVER leave parts of your body unprotected.

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