Lost City Trek Colombia – 4 days


How about challenging yourself with a trek through the lush jungles of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta alongside Indigenous Guides? ✅ A challenging experience that is worth it. ✅ You’ll reach the top of the ancient Tayrona settlements’ ruins!

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Lost City Trek Colombia 4 Days

If you’re eager to discover one of South America’s most enthralling and impeccably preserved archaeological sites, look no further than the Lost City. As a Santa Marta-based travel agency, we’re committed to providing adventurers with the most enriching experience possible when they visit this remarkable destination. Our expert guides, locals with an intimate knowledge of the area’s history and culture, have helped countless tourists delve into the captivating backstory of this mystical and ancient city’s ruins. Setting off on a journey to the Lost City is an opportunity not to be missed. Come join us in uncovering this treasure, and rest assured… it’ll be an experience you’ll cherish!

Reasons to Embark on a Excursion to the Lost City Trek Colombia

The Lost City is one of the most unique and fascinating archaeological sites in the world. Nestled in the Colombian jungle, this city was built by the Tayrona people over 1,000 years ago and is presumed to have been one of the largest cities in pre-Columbian America. Today, much of this place remains a mystery waiting to be discovered, and visiting it represents a memorable experience. Here are some of the most outstanding reasons to undertake an excursion to the Tayrona Lost City:

1. Contemplate one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world.
2. Embark on a journey through the imposing Colombian jungle.
3. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Tayrona people.
4. Meet new and interesting people from around the world.
5. Challenge yourself physically and mentally. 4-DAY

Trek to Lost City Colombia

The most popular choice among visitors is the 4-day tour to discover and explore the Lost City Colombia trek. This adventure over four days through the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, is filled with impressive moments culminating at our final destination: the enigmatic Lost City.

The 4-day trek to the Lost City is an experience designed for sports enthusiasts and those embracing a healthy lifestyle. It represents the ideal choice for travelers who are trekking enthusiasts and enjoy challenging experiences on their journey.

Considered the best trekking route in South America, this journey involves a trek through the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, accompanied by indigenous guides, exploring majestic landscapes until reaching the Lost City.

The journey is divided into stages with campsites for rest and enjoyment of meals tailored to each adventurer’s needs. Throughout the trek, daily walks of approximately 5 to 7 hours are conducted through jungle and mountain trails, crossing rivers and ancient paths used by the Tayrona indigenous people in ancient times. Undertaking this 4-day tour will undoubtedly be a unique and unforgettable experience.

During the trek to the Lost City, you will marvel at exotic and astonishing landscapes typical of the tropical jungle of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Here, you will encounter a diverse wealth of flora and fauna and have the opportunity to enjoy refreshing baths in the crystal-clear rivers that descend from the Sierra. Additionally, during the nights, you’ll have an immersion into the ancestral culture of the Wiwa and Kogui indigenous communities.

If you consider yourself one of the intrepid adventurers who will embark on the 4-day tour to the Lost City, we recommend considering the following information:

DEPARTURE POINT Main Office located in Santa Marta
DEPARTURE TIME Departure around 9:00 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately at 4:30 PM on the last day of the tour.
TRIP DURATION 4 Days / 3 Nights.
TOTAL COST 4-Day Tour to the Lost City for $460 USD per person.
  • Round-trip transportation in a Van or 4×4 Jeep
  • Indigenous Guide “Wiwa or Kogui”
  • Full meals
  • Fruits and Snacks during the journey
  • Accommodation in a bed or hammock “subject to camp availability”
  • Translator “If there are more than 3 foreigners in the group who do not speak Spanish”
  • Entrance to the Teyuna Archaeological Park
  • Medical Assistance Insurance
  • Support for indigenous and peasant communities
  • Interaction with Indigenous Culture
  • Excursion to the Lost City
  • Cook for the entire trek.
  •  If you wish to book the Tour to the Lost City from Santa Marta, a deposit of $46 USD, equivalent to 10% of the total tour value ( $460 USD), is required.
  • The Campsites, accommodation sites, and food are mainly managed by local peasant and indigenous communities. It is essential to consider their remote and difficult-to-reach locations, lacking the everyday comforts we are accustomed to.
  • The distribution of accommodation in the cabins along the trail to the Lost City is usually 70% hammocks and 30% beds. Therefore, accommodation availability is closely related to the season and visitor demand at each campsite
  • Remember that the journey to the Lost City of Colombia is an adventure that traverses typical jungle trails of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This excursion involves risks and requires constant physical activity.

If you wish to obtain more information about the hike to the Lost City, visit the following link 👉🏾 How to get to the Lost City?

Travel itinerary to the Lost City Trek Santa Marta Colombia

Day 1: The Excursion kicks off around 8:00 AM as all adventurers arrive at the logistical office meeting point. Here, the 4×4 vehicles await boarding.

The indigenous guide gathers all hikers at the meeting point and provides a brief talk about the Trek to the Lost City, offering relevant recommendations and clarifying doubts.

Subsequently, all adventurers board the 4×4 vehicles, beginning the road adventure, approximately 2 hours, until reaching the area known as El Mamey. Here, in this town, they receive instructions from the indigenous guide, have lunch, and prepare to commence the Trek to the Lost City.

The 4-hour Trek begins, covering approximately 7.6 km, across mostly flat terrains and ecologically rich trails abundant with vegetation until reaching the first camp, the Adán Hut.

At this camp, they rest and have the chance to enjoy a refreshing bath in a crystal-clear river and capture photographs of the regional landscapes.

The altitude at the Adán Hut is about 450 meters above sea level. Dinner and overnight stay take place here, resting from the first day of hiking. Bed availability depends on traveler demand; otherwise, hammocks with mosquito nets will be used.

Note: Trekking time may vary between 3 and 5 hours, depending on the group’s physical condition and weather conditions.

Day 2: The day starts early: the indigenous guide wakes the adventurers around 5:30 AM for breakfast and begins the demanding 4-hour hike, about 4.5 km, to reach the Wiwa Hut. During the journey, they can appreciate the beauty of tropical jungles, ecosystems, rivers, and the nature of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

At the Wiwa Hut, at an altitude of 460 meters above sea level, they rest, have lunch, and have the opportunity to interact with the native indigenous people who coexist in harmony with nature. It’s an ideal moment for photography and to appreciate nature in its splendor before continuing toward the Lost City.

The hikers continue with the demanding hike toward the second camp, the Paraíso Teyuna Hut. From the Wiwa Hut, there’s a 4-hour journey that includes the majestic Buritaca River and the Kogui indigenous community “Mutanzhy.” Here, the indigenous guide provides information about this community and their life in harmony with nature, an opportunity to photograph the indigenous housing and their relationship with the environment.

At the Paraíso Teyuna camp, at an altitude of 830 meters above sea level, they are close to the Tayrona Lost City. They rest after an intense day of hiking, and at night, the Indigenous Guide provides more information about the Lost City and its sacred significance, as well as the history, customs of their community, and the region.

Note: Trekking time may vary between 9 and 10 hours, depending on the group’s physical condition and weather conditions.

Day 3: Adventurers wake up early, excited because the day has arrived to discover the Tayrona Lost City. They leave their backpacks at the Paraíso Teyuna Camp and carry only the essentials to reach the Lost City. The Trek involves approximately 1 kilometer to reach the Buritaca River crossing, followed by about 1200 steps after crossing the river. Upon ascending, they arrive at the ancestral Tayrona Lost City, situated at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level.

At the Tayrona Lost City, ancient terraces formed by flagstone rocks connected by ancient paths in almost perfect conditions can be observed.

Accompanied by the Indigenous Guide, they perform a small payment ritual, asking permission from the ancient Tayronas to enter this sacred site. They tour the different terraces and sacred sites, admiring the breathtaking views of this ancestral place, taking photographs, and enjoying this long-awaited moment. This experience concludes around 11:00 AM as they must return to the Paraíso Teyuna Hut for lunch and then prepare for the 9.6 km return Trek (approximately 5 hours) to the Wiwa Hut, where they’ll spend the night and rest.

Note: In the Lost City, it is recommended to take as many photographs as possible to keep a beautiful memory of the visit to one of Colombia’s most enigmatic places.

Day 4: On this final day of adventure through the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta jungles, they start early with breakfast to recharge energy and continue the descent path of approximately 12.7 km until reaching the town of El Mamey. During this journey, they can contemplate magnificent landscapes and capture excellent photographs of the surroundings, immortalizing this enriching experience in the majestic Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Upon arrival at El Mamey, they rest a bit, have lunch, and then board the 4×4 vehicles that will take them back to where this whole adventure started, the city of Santa Marta.

As you may have imagined, the 4-day tour to the Lost City offers a unique experience, allowing interaction with nature, indigenous cultures, and ancestral history. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity; change your routine completely, book your 4-day tour to the Lost City right now!

Note: The Lost City Tour itinerary may vary due to weather conditions or land transportation.

Recommendations for the 4-days Trekk to the Lost City

If you’re planning to take the tour to the Lost City or Ciudad Perdida , it’s essential to consider some recommendations:


Foreign tourists must present a copy of their passport, especially the entry stamp into the country, as per Colombia Migration requirements. For domestic tourists, a copy of the ID card is sufficient.

Proper attire

The trek spans 4 days and involves long walks. Wearing comfortable clothing and shoes will make a difference in your experience.

Stick with the guide

Always stay close to your guide. In mountainous terrain, it’s easy to get lost if you stray from the group. Follow the guide’s pace and consider planned breaks to rest and hydrate, even if you’re not in optimal physical condition.

Luggage weight

Avoid carrying unnecessary items and products. Since the journey is extensive, it’s recommended to take only the essentials for your stay in nature. Sunscreen and mosquito repellent are essential during the excursion.

Stay hydrated

Ensure you hydrate regularly during the journey. Taking breaks to drink water is crucial to maintain necessary conditions during the trek.

Preservation of the environment

It’s crucial not to litter in this sacred place for indigenous communities, which is also a natural reserve. You must respect and take care of the environment. Carry your trash to a point where you can dispose of it properly.

We answer any questions you may have

The Lost City trek in Colombia or trekking to ciudad perdida is the most popular activity to reach the Lost City of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. If you’re passionate about trekking, this excursion is your great opportunity to delight in nature and test your endurance.

We offer tours to the Lost City for 4 days and 5 days. To know the description of each tour, including what’s included, the itinerary, and the price, access the description of each one. Once you’ve decided on the tour that best suits your needs, you can book online with just one click. Book now!

It’s a type of tour that accommodates all your needs, including transportation in a jeep, a tour guide throughout, water, meals, and accommodation at different camps during the journey to the Lost City. If you wish to book your 4 day tour to the Lost City Trek Santa Marta, you can do so right now with just one click.

During the journey, our tourists can rest daily at one of the camps along the way to the Lost City, including Adán Hut, Wiwa Hut, and Paraíso Teyuna Hut.

During the journey to the Lost City (Ciudad perdida Trek), our tourists can enjoy daily breakfast and lunch throughout the trek. Each meal will be prepared considering the recommended nutritional diet for each of our travelers.

The average temperature is 15 degrees Celsius but can vary between 10 and 20 degrees. It’s a great opportunity to experience a different temperature than that of the cities.

For a fresh and light walk, take only what’s strictly necessary: comfortable clothes and shoes for the long walk, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, additional hydrating drinks, and energy bars if desired. Remember, our tour to the lost city hiking includes meals and water.

The best tour hike to the lost city colombia is provided by our travel agency in Santa Marta. You can choose between the 4-day or 5-day tour according to your preference. Learn more and book with just one click.

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