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Santa Marta, Colombia: Lost City Trek

Overview

Trek Andes mountains and Caribbean jungle

Experience the life of a fascinating native culture that has barely changed since the 7th century. The memorable 4-day trek will take you into the thick jungle and to a spellbinding Lost City before a relaxing last day on the Caribbean beach.

Details

  • Where: La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Number of participants: 12 max
  • Cost: From $649 USD p/p (price doesn’t include international flights)
  • Level of difficulty: 2.5/5 (moderate to challenging)
  • Dates: All year round – Get in touch to book your spot.
  • Carbon emissions: 45.6kg of CO2e p/p – we offset 100% of these emissions! Find out more below.

During this unique adventure, you will come face to face with fascinating civilizations that are preserving their culture even today. As well as tubing down a jungle-thicketed river, you will hike through waist-high waters, dive into clear waters, shower under gushing waterfalls and encounter an ancient Lost City shrouded in mist and mystery.

Available Activities

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrivals

We offer private transfer from the airport. 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 - 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 hours

Day 3 - 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 4 - 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 thick 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 5 - Finish the trek & swim in natural pools

Your epic journey will come to an end with another adventurous day hiking and, depending on the pace of the group, some free time in some natural pools. We then take you back to Santa Marta or can organize transfers upon request.
​Hiking time: 6 hours.

More Information

  • All meals during the trekking days
  • Airport transfers in private transport
  • Private transport and domestic flight
  • All accommodation throughout
  • Local bilingual Kagumu guides
  • Full health insurance
  • All scheduled excursions & activities
  • Carbon offsetting for your international flight
  • Water during the trip

  • Meals during any free time
  • Tips (optional)
  • International flights
  • Activities not mentioned
  • Travel insurance

We have worked out this trip generates an average of 45.6kg of CO2e per person. This includes all the carbon equivalent emissions (CO2e) from your trip including accommodation, food, transport, guides, and staff operations.

Extra potential CO2e emissions from your journey to and from Santa Marta.
New York – Bogotá – Santa Marta – 629.6kg (round trip)
London – Bogotá – Santa Marta – 930.8kg (round trip)
Miami – Cartagena – 252.6kg (round trip)

You can read more about how we measure our carbon emissions by reading our climate action policy here.

Flexible bookings

Book now, pay later. Due to changing circumstances we make it easy for you to reserve your educational trip without paying a deposit upfront!.

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