From £720 pp excl flights
5 Days
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This is your chance to visit the Ciudad Perdida, or Lost City, hidden in the jungle for hundreds of years until rediscovered in the 1970s. Its stone terraces are reminiscent of Peru’s Machu Picchu, but predates it by some 650 years and unlike its more famous cousin, there are no trains or buses - and no crowds - because the only way to reach it is on a multiday hike. This is a world in which cars, electricity, and mobile phones no longer exist, only pristine forest, rugged mountains and incredible scenery. Along the way you will stay with the Wiwa and Kogui people, descendants of the city’s builders, who maintain their traditions and deep spiritual connection to the place today.

Day to Day Itinerary

This itinerary may be modified during the trek according to weather conditions.

5 Days: Santa Marta - Mamey - Buritaca Valley - Lost City - Mamey - Santa Marta

Activities: trekking, wildlife, indigenous communities, nature and wild swimming, lost jungle city

Day 1:
- Departure from Santa Marta or Tayrona National Park
- Hike in the Mamey region with mules to carry the bags
- Lunch in a finca of the peasant Vereda of Honduras
- Hike to Wiwa indigenous camp on the shores of Buritaca river
- Dinner and accommodation in hammock in the indigenous camp

Drive: 2-3 hr, Walking: 5 hr, Meals: B/L/D

Day 2:
- Hike in the valley of Buritaca stopping by the Kogui village of Mutanyi and the Vereda of Koskunguena with a beautiful panorama over the Sierra Nevada
- Crossing of the Buritaca river up to the farm of a Mamo Kogui’s (spiritual head)
- Lunch, swimming in Buritaca river and a beautiful waterfall
- Dinner and accommodation in hammock in the Mamo Kogui’s farm

Walking: 5 hr, Meals: B/L/D

Day 3:
- Hiking to the entrance of the Lost City and climbing of the 2000 steps of a stone stairs to arrive to the archaeological site
- Visit of the site, its numerous terraces, ceremonial centres in the middle of the jungle
- Lunch on the shores of a waterfall with miraculous properties according to the legend
- Return to previous day camp
- Dinner and accommodation in hammock in the farm

Walking: 3 hr, Meals: B/L/D

Day 4:
- Hiking in the Sierra Nevada and return to the Mamey region
- Lunch near Mutanyi
- Dinner and accommodation in hammock in the indigenous camp

Walking: 5 hr, Meals: B/L/D

Day 5:
- Visit a magnificent waterfall
- Hiking to Machete Pelao
- Lunch and return to Santa Marta or the Tayrona National Park

Walking: 3 hr, Meals: B/L

Prices from: £720 per person
Services included: transportation in 4X4, accommodation in hammock with mosquito nets, meals, local indigenous guide, entry fees, rent of mules, local medical insurance
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses
Note: reasonable fitness is required. An extra night may be considered without additional cost, if the physical condition of the participants makes it necessary.

Best Time To Travel

Best time to visit: Dec - Mar
Colombia’s proximity to the equator keeps regional temperatures stable throughout the year, around 24°C (75°F) along the coast and 7–17°C (45–63°F) as you move higher inland. However, rainfall does vary with the seasons. In the Andean region there are two dry and two wet seasons per year, and the driest months, being from December to March and July to August. In low-lying areas, especially southern Colombia, rainfall is more constant but showers never last very long

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