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Lost City Trek in Santa Marta, Colombia (5 days)

Trip Overview

Adventures don’t come as life-changing or as exhilarating as a trek to Colombia’s Lost City.

Tackle this challenging journey, learning about local indigenous cultures, unraveling fascinating stories, and reaching an ancient site shrouded in mist and mystery. Your journey begins with an overnight stay in the beautiful Santa Marta old town before an exhilarating 4-day journey to discover Ciudad Perdida.

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  • Where: La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • Duration: 5 days (4 days trekking)
  • 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

This adventure takes place in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a mountain range on the northern Caribbean cost of Colombia. During the trek you will hike verdant jungle, pass through waist-high waters, dive into clear waters, shower under gushing waterfalls before encountering an ancient Lost City.


Day 1: Arrivals (Santa Marta)

We offer a 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.

Overnight in a boutique hotel.

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 maintaining 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 gaze 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 not mentioned
  • Tips (optional)
  • International flights
  • Activities not mentioned
  • Travel insurance

“Firstly wow! Thank you what an amazing experience, from your greeting at the airport to the moment I flew home I felt in such safe hands. Danny is an incredible guide with so much passion and knowledge and his enthusiasm, energy and commitment to the group and his role is absolutely outstanding. He really was my best friend in Colombia” Natasha, UK, travelled in February 2022.

“A life-time experience. So good that my girlfriend and I got engaged whilst we were out there! Your hosts and guides are extremely knowledgeable, some of them scientists and experts in their fields, and even a couple of indigenous guides no less! They are genuinely lovely and supportive as are the people we met on the trip.” Matthew, UK, travelled in February 2020

“Thank you Simon for arranging the four-days hike/tour to The Lost City in Santa Marta area. You were able to inform us from beginning to end. All our personal requests and expectations were met! From the first moment to the last we enjoyed everything.” Katrien & Jan from Belgium, travelled in March 2021.

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!.