Journey through Caribbean jungle on a 4-day trek
Exploring the Lost City, or Ciudad Perdida, in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, offers travelers one of the most unique and unforgettable adventures in South America. This spellbinding archaeological site lies deep in the Caribbean jungle and is a memorable reward for adventurers who tackle the 4-day trek. Along the way, expect to wade through waist-high rivers, shower under waterfalls and sleep among an abundance of biodiversity. You will also connect to a civilization almost totally unchanged from the 7th century, discovering how their lives are dedicated to protecting this sacred land named The Heart of The World.
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Location: La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia
Difficulty: No previous trekking experience needed but you should be in good shape and ready for a challenge.
Length: 4 days (3 and 5 days treks are available upon request)
Accommodation: Bunk beds or hammocks in jungle campsites
Elevation: Lowest altitude 150m; Maximum altitude 1200m
Average walking time: 6 hours per day
Group size: Maximum 16 people
Dates: Year round apart from September when the Lost City is closed
Weather: A tropical climate means it is hot and humid and sometimes rainy
Itinerary (7 days)
Day 1 - Arrivals
We offer two private transfer times upon arrival. Depending on arrival times, we offer a walking tour of the city. Enjoy a free evening exploring the charming Parque de Los Novios, where you will encounter a wide array of street music and a sultry Caribbean vibe.
Day 2 - Tubing to a secluded Caribbean beach
After a two-hour bus ride, you'll enter the world's highest coastal mountain range, a place called the Heart of The World due to its extraordinary biodiversity. Just before sunset, we head down the sultry Don Diego river in a kayak or tube to a secluded beach.
Day 3 - Begin a journey to an ancient Lost City
Our local partners pick up the group from your hotel and transport you to the beginning of the 4-day trek. Before beginning this memorable journey, you will discover why indigenous locals claim this mountain range to be sacred and key to maintain the equilibrium of the planet. You'll stay in jungle camps either in bunk beds or hammocks.
Hiking time: 6 hour
Day 4 - Encounter customs & traditions from the past
Hike closer to the mystical ancient city, learning the traditions of the native Kogi and Wiwa communities. Expect to wade through waist-high rivers, along mountain peaks and alongside towering waterfalls. After hearing mystical stories of the land over dinner, you'll stay in jungle camps either in bunk beds or hammocks.
Hiking time: 10 hours.
Day 5 - Enter the spellbinding Lost City
Today you'll reach Ciudad Perdida, an ancient site shrouded with mist, glory and magic. Bask in your trekking achievement above the clouds and looking into the think jungle atop one of the top platforms. Again, you'll stay in jungle camps either in bunk beds or hammocks.
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Day 6 - Finish the trek & relax on the beach
Your epic journey will come to an end with another adventurous day hiking and, depending on the pace of the group, some free time on the pristine Caribbean beach.
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Day 7 - Departures
We offer one departure time for guests to travel from their eco hotel and to the airport for their connecting flight home.
What is included in the price
What is not included
How do I book a trip to the Lost City?
If you visit the Lost City you have to go with an authorized company. If you are a solo travelers you can book on a trip with like-minded travelers: Check out our 7-day trek by clicking here. If you are a small group and you are ready to go, simply contact our travel planner, Simon Willis on email@example.com or click below.
Why Kagumu is the best company for the Lost City trek
How you will travel responsibly
We calculate your carbon emissions from flying with South Pole and donate the equal amount of the carbon emissions to reforestation projects run by Stand for Trees.
No single-use plastic
We have a commitment to no single-use plastic during the trip and we provide you with alternatives throughout the trip.
We are in the process of becoming a B Corporation, which certifies our sustainable and responsible internal and external commitment.
Positive social impact
At least 4 per cent of the profits going back into local responsible social projects. Find out more information about Kagumu's social impact by clicking here.
We have chosen the hotels you stay in the guides that guide you and the restaurants you eat in to maximize positive impact
Recommended packing list
Large backpack and small backpack
Long-sleeve t-shirts and short-sleeve t-shirts
Long waterproof walking pants
Comfortable walking shoes
Bugspray and personal hygiene Items
Waterproof cover or plastic bags against rain
Sandals or resting shoes
Hooded top for the evening
Frequently asked questions
Is the Lost City trek safe?
Travelers have hiked to the Lost City for the last decade or so and it is perfectly safe to do so. We work alongside local companies, local guides and local communities to ensure the trip is safe for everyone. Obviously, usual precaution has to be adhered to as is the case with any trip but you can rest assured that we have fully comprehensive risk assessments for each day and each activity.
Who will I be traveling with?
This trip is for adventure travelers who want to travel with new people, explore new cultures, discover new ecosystems and travel in a responsible way.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, but you will receive a travel visa when you arrive at the airport which will cover your stay in Colombia.
Where will I be staying?
Any time spent in Santa Marta will be in a lovely hotel or an eco lodge in the jungle. During the Lost City trek you will stay in jungle camps in hammocks or bunk beds. Otherwise you will stay in 3 star + hotels in shared twin or triple bedrooms. Single rooms are available upon request and at an extra cost and subject to availability.
What will the weather be like?
You will encounter a variety of climates. Dry season in Santa Marta is: September to February and May to July. Santa Marta’s climate is much more tropical and can hit 31 degrees °C during the day. Dry season is usually January to April.
What will the food be like?
We offer a wide range of food options from local Colombian soups, coffee and fruit juices to ecological lunches wrapped in leaves. We can adjust the food options to any requirements or allergies you may have.
What is the Lost City price?
We start our tours from $499 for a 5-day Lost City immersive experience Everything is included in this price and certain a certain percentage will go to the farmers, indigenous communities and trail maintenance.
How long is the Lost City trek?
The trek is 4 days but this can be adjusted to 3 and 5 days upon request. However, we feel 4 days is just the right length and we have incorporated this into several itineraries that you can find here.