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Lost City Trek - 5 days

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What to Expect

Day 1: Santa Marta - Mamey - Camp 1

Stop At: Catedral de Santa Marta, Carrera 17 14, Santa Marta 470004 Colombia
7.6 Km - 04 h
Initial elevation: 140 m
Highest altitude: 450 mslm
Difficulty: Moderate
Rest: Camp 1
Transport will pick you up from your accommodation in Santa Marta between 7:00 and 9:00 in the morning to start your journey to the Colombian jungle. Once you have gathered the whole group, you will begin your 2.5-hour car trip to Mamey in a 4x4 off-road vehicle. Upon arrival, you will eat a meal to gather some strength for the beginning of your journey. In the next 4 hours, you will go on a trip through rivers and waterfalls where you will be able to swim, enjoy wildlife and amazing nature. Around 6:30 pm you will reach “Camp 1”, where you will have lunch and spend the night in hammocks or beds with mosquito nets.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Campamento 1 (Camp 1)

Day 2: Camp 1 - Mutanzi - Rio Buritaca - Camp 3

Stop At: Buritaca, Santa Marta Colombia
15.2 Km - 07 h
Initial elevation: 500 m
Highest altitude: 900 mslm
Difficulty: Moderate
Rest: Camp 3
On this day at dawn, the whole group will have breakfast and will start hiking early in the morning to avoid the hottest hours and comfortably get to the next place. The second-day trek lasts 7 hours through the picturesque Sierra Nevada jungle and the Buritaca Valley. Along the way, you’ll stop for lunch at “Camp 2” and pass the local village of Mutanzi, where you’ll have the chance to know the lifestyle of the Kogui community with whom you will spend some time and learn about their culture. The hike ends when you arrive at “Camp 3”, where you will eat dinner and spend the night in comfy camps.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camp 2

Day 3: Camp 3 - Lost City - Camp 2

Stop At: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Minca Colombia
10 Km - 06 h
Initial elevation: 900 m
Highest altitude: 1200 mslm
Difficulty: Moderate
Rest: Camp 2
On the third day, we will offer you the most impressive path - a trip to the Lost City. After breakfast, the whole group will begin their journey to the village of Tayrona. Being in Lost City, the guide will take you on a trip around the area and explain the history and secrets of this magical place. At the end of the guided tour, you will have free time all morning to enjoy the surroundings and nice areas of this place. After this intense day, you and your group will return to Camp 2, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camp 3

Day 4: Camp 2 - Camp 1

Stop At: Lost City, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
4 h
Difficulty: Moderate
Test: Camp 1
After breakfast, you will start trekking to "Camp 1". After 4 hours of trekking you will have lunch with your group and you will be able to enjoy the natural swimming pools of the surroundings. After a fun afternoon in the Colombian jungle you will have dinner with the whole group and spend the last night in the camp.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Campamento 1 (Camp 1)

Day 5: Camp 1 - Mamey - Santa Marta

Stop At: Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Camp 2 - Mamey - Santa Marta
This last day of the tour will be dedicated to returning to Santa Marta. After breakfast, you will make one last trek from "Camp 1" to Mamey, lasting 3 hours. There you will eat the whole group together and after the meal you will be picked up by a 4x4 to make a journey of about 3 hours to Santa Marta. Once arrived you will say goodbye to the guide and adventure companions, ending this experience in the incredible Colombian jungle.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Between 7:00 and 9:00 am at your accommodation in Santa Marta or Taganga
Departure Time
9:00 AM
5 days
  • 4x Breakfast
  • 4x Dinner
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Entrance to La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)
  • Indigenous communities fee
  • Everything that is needed to enjoy this experience
  • Entry/Admission - Catedral de Santa Marta
  • Entry/Admission - Buritaca
  • Entry/Admission - Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • Entry/Admission - Lost City
  • Entry/Admission - Santa Marta
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Hiking- strenuous, the heat and humidity make this technically easy trekking a real challenge Accommodation- the hygiene standards are unspeakably low, not only the bathrooms and showers are disgusting, the worst things are the dogs which are walking freely and sleeping in the
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Response from howlanders, Public Relations Manager at Lost City Trek - 5 days
Responded 15 Aug 2019
Hola, We are very sorry to hear that your experience to the Lost City was not to your liking. On top of that, our apologies for the delay in replying, we wanted to investigate thoroughly what happened in order to give you a good answer. Regarding the trek's difficulty level, it might seem like a simple excursion with a medium to low level of requirement since the maximum altitude reached is only 1,200 meters above sea level with very little accumulated unevenness. However, heat and humidity have a strong influence so the difficulty changes according to the season and its weather conditions. The tour is more demanding from July to October, since during these 4 months the rains increase on the road and this makes the vegetation and weeds denser because of the high temperatures, mud and humidity. Thanks to your opinion we are already better informing our travelers about the weather conditions so that they can also take them into account. On the other hand, during the high season the camps, roads and the archaeological zone might be a little saturated and the hygiene conditions might be slightly affected especially in the accommodations. However, it must be kept in mind that the accommodation is owned by the native community, used by all the operators and that work is already being done to improve the quality. As for the dogs in the lodgings, it is true that there are present, and it is somewhat difficult to control. We must put into context that it is a sustainable rural community tourism tour where local communities, both indigenous and not, are directly involved and it is the travelers who visit their home, and therefore must adjust to their way of life. The accommodations are large cabins, an open space with beds where it is difficult to control the entry of dogs. We want to apologize again for the experience you had and hope that when you decide to travel to Latin America again, we will be among your options to live your new adventure.
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