Colombia Lost City Trek
Hike into Colombia's forgotten past!
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Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10
Trip code: SMLC
Duration: 7 days
Jet over to Colombia and complete a unique and spectacular trek! The Lost City (known as ‘Cuidad Perdida’) is an amazing and little-known gem that has only recently become a feature on travel bucket lists. Head off the beaten track and trek through dense jungles and indigenous villages towards this ancient civilisation. You’ll sleep in hammocks, cool off in rivers, and follow an expert indigenous guide along the route. This is a truly magical and memorable experience that shouldn’t be missed!
Please note: This is an open-aged trip.
- Discover Colombia’s unique and ancient history
- Trek through breathtaking landscape with a native guide
- Wander through mysterious, isolated Kogi villages
- Explore the incredible Lost City of Teyuna
- Stay in hammocks and bunks in rustic jungle campsites!
Day 1: Santa Marta. Arrive at any time and meet the rest of your group. No activities are planned for today, so depending on the time you arrive you can head out and explore Santa Marta for yourself.
Day 2: Santa Marta/Wiwa Camp. Travel to Machete Pelao. The trek begins through farmland in the river valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You’ll hike a combination of uphill and flat terrains and arrive at your first campsite this afternoon.
Day 3: Wiwa Camp/TeyunaParaiso Camp. The trek continues along the river, following a steep incline towards the source. If you get hot along the way, jump in the river to cool down! After navigating your way around some narrow ledges, you’ll arrive at camp mid-afternoon.
Day 4: TeyunaParaiso Camp/Wiwa Camp. You’re just an hour away from the Lost City, but first you must conquer the 1,200 steps built by ancient Tayrona people. The gorgeous views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains are well worth the effort. Learn about this incredible historical site from your guide. Return to camp for a swim and a bit of lunch, then begin the return trek.
Day 5: Wiwa Camp/Ricardito Camp. Follow the path through small Kogi villages dotted amongst the deep jungle as you head to Ricardito Camp. Enjoy the sunset on your arrival and admire the beautiful views.
Day 6: Santa Marta. Trek back towards Santa Marta through the incredible scenery and enjoy your final hours in this amazing area before returning to Santa Marta for a night in a hotel.
Day 7: Santa Marta. Trip ends. Depart at any time.
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Make your way to your starting hotel in Santa Marta on day 1. An airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. We advise that you arrive in time for your welcome meeting in the evening. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
You can leave from Santa Marta at any time on your end date.
6 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip. 4 nights will be spent camping in hammocks/rustic bunks. 2 nights will be in hotels.
We recommend bringing a sleeping sheet rather than a sleeping bag, as the temperatures in Colombia, even at night can be quite hot.
Most of your meals are included on this tour with 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners provided during your trek. Outside of this, you’re free to choose your own food from the numerous diners and restaurants in Colombia, we recommend budgeting around USD75 – 100 for meals not included on the itinerary.
The minimum age to join this trek is 18. This fantastic trip is an open-aged experience that caters for a mix of younger and older travellers. This means that you may travel with people who are outside your own age group. Such a mix of ages creates a great group dynamic and enhances the travel experience, as you get to know a range of people with different stories to tell!
British citizens can enter Colombia for up to 90 days without a visa. You may need to provide proof of onward travel. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from your date of arrival in Colombia. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
A note about trekking
The Lost City trek is a challenging hike and should only be attempted by those who are confident in their physical fitness. You will be trekking for 4-6 hours each day, journeying through hot jungles and around some narrow ledges, which might be challenging for anyone who is not steady on their feet. In the dry season (December – March) the route can be dry and dusty. In the wet season (April – November), the route can be muddy and slippery.
You will need to carry your own luggage, so we recommend only bringing what you need: a few changes of clothes are more than enough. Please bring insect repellent as mosquitos can be a nuisance in the jungle. There are a number of river crossings on the route. During the wet season the river can come up as high as your waist, so you may need to carry your bag above your head to keep it dry.
Physical Rating: Demanding. Some activities on this trip will require a good level of fitness.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.