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Lost City Trek

The most intrepid trek of all

    • Private
      £ 1,395
    • Please contact us for flights from your nearest airport
    • Single sup.
      £ 195
    • Duration :
      7 days
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INTRO

The famous Lost City trek is the highlight of many peoples Colombian adventure. Five days of trekking through jungle, wading through rivers and finally climbing the thousand steps to the magical Lost City or Ciudad Perdida makes for an incredible experience. Learn about the history of the Tayrona people who in the 11th to 14th century built this city - which vanished off all maps for hundreds of years before being discovered by treasure hunters in 1975. This is an adventure for the truly intrepid.

DATES

This trip can be run on dates to suit you, please contact us for more information and to let us know when you would like to travel.


HIGHLIGHTS

Bathe in natural pools

Fall asleep to the “jungle chorus”

Meet remote tribal groups

Hike through lush thick jungle

Marvel at the beauty and ingenuity of the Lost City site

INCLUDED

Airport pick-up & drop-off
All internal flights
Ground transport
Accommodation
Entrance fees to sites
All meals on the trek, elsewhere breakfasts (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
Drivers and guides

PLACES VISITED

Santa Marta - Machete Pelao - Mamo Kogui farm - Mutanyi - Lost City
Santa Marta
Machete Pelao
Mamo Kogui farm
Mutanyi
Lost City

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ACCOMMODATION
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ITINERARY

Day 1 : Bogota - Santa Marta
Fly from Bogota to Santa Marta. A Travel The Unknown representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Afternoon tour of the city. Overnight in Santa Marta.

Day 2 : Hike to first campsite
Transfer to Machete Pelao by 4x4. A guide will take you through El Mamey region, stopping for lunch at a peasant farm. Walk through Buritaca river valley u... ' See all days

ITINERARY

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Day 1 : Bogota - Santa Marta

Fly from Bogota to Santa Marta. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon free. Overnight in Santa Marta.

Fly from Bogota to Santa Marta. A Travel The Unknown representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Afternoon tour of the city. Overnight in Santa Marta.

Meal plan : n/a


Positioned between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains and the Caribbean Sea, Santa Marta’s history, colonial architecture and beaches make it one of the most popular tourist towns for Colombians. Santa Marta is the oldest remaining city in Colombia, founded in 1525 by Rodrigo de Bastidas in order to exploit the gold treasures of the Tayronas. By 1600, the Tayrona tribe had been wiped out and the gold had all been taken. La Casa de la Aduana is the museum dedicated to the Tayrona’s history. Simon Bolivar, who played a key role in Latin America’s fight for independence, died in Santa Marta in December 1830. His house Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is now a museum.



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Day 2 : Hike to first campsite

Transfer to Machete Pelao. Walk to El Mamey region. Walk to Asario's farm. Overnight in hammocks on farm.

Transfer to Machete Pelao by 4x4. A guide will take you through El Mamey region, stopping for lunch at a peasant farm. Walk through Buritaca river valley until Asario's farm where you can bathe in a natural pool and shower in a waterfall. Overnight in hammocks (with mosquito nets) on Asario's farm.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


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Day 3 : Hike to second campsite

Breakfast at 7am. Walk though small valley to Mutanyi. 4 more hours of walking. Natural pools to cool down. Overnight on Mamo Kogui farm.

Breakfast at 7am, then walk through a small valley formed by the Buritaca river where there are some indigenous constructions forming the small town of Mutanyi. You will have 4 more hours of walking before we reach the farm where you will spend the night. On arrival you can cool off in the natural pools formed by the Buritaca river. Overnight in Mamo Kogui's farm in hammocks.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


A Mamo is a spiritual leader of the Kogui people, descendants of the Tayrona people. These Mamos are part of a priesthood who believe that the spiritual balance they keep in their land directly affects the cosmic and ecological balance of the entire world.

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Day 4 : Lost City

Breakfast at 6.30am. Walk to Lost City Entrance and climb 1200 steps to the top. Return to Mamo Kogui farm for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast at 6.30am, then walk to Lost City entrance. Climb 1200 steps up to the Tayrona terraces (1hr 30) and visit the archaeological zone of the Lost City. Learn about the pre-Hispanic Tayronas, their culture and customs, and how they adapted to their environment. You can also visit ceremonial houses of the present day Tayronas. En-route it is also possible to take a bath in the Pool of Youth, which, legend has it, has magical powers of preservation. Lunch and free time to explore. Return to Mamo's farm for dinner. Overnight in hammocks on Mamo's farm.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Around the year 700, the Tayrona people arrived in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Colombia from Central America. Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) took them 200 years to construct and is 600 years older than Machu Picchu. In the year 1300, it had a population of 300. However, the site was abandoned in the 1600s when trade routes were cut due to the arrival of the Spanish. Fish and salt could not get through resulting in the spread of disease. The Tayronas had many unusual customs and beliefs one of which was that they thought they could be reborn as parrots, bats and jaguars, hence their prominence in Tayrona art. Another was the relationship between men and women. Men married at 15 after living for 6 months with a women of around 20 years who taught him about procreation as well as work. At this stage he built 2 houses, one for himself and one for his wife (large houses were for men and sons, smaller ones for women and daughters). Only chiefs could have 2 wives. Women were not allowed in men’s huts and men only entered the women’s house to cut the umbilical cord with a palm tree to prevent infection. Women would leave food and firewood at the door of the men’s huts and a special area in the fields was reserved for procreation. When indigenous women had twins they would suffocate the weaker as they could not go about their work and raise two sons/daughters. Blind and disabled babies were treated the same.
 

The Lost City disappeared for hundreds of years until its discovery in 1973 by grave robbers. It became widely known about in 1975 after ancient urns and other treasures started appearing on the black market. Prior to its official discovery, local tribes visited it and called it Teyuna. It is believed that Ciudad Perdida was the region’s political and trading centre on the Buritaca River until it was abandoned during the Spanish conquest. Ciudad Perdida lies at an altitude of 950-1300 metres in the Buritaca valley. Surrounded by dense jungle, the only way to get there is through a three day trek and a climb of 1200 stone steps. This isolation (there are no roads and it is hidden between mountains) and overgrown state gives the city a mysterious air that makes it so unique and an experience of a lifetime.



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Day 5 : Return Hike

After breakfast, walk back along Buritaca river to Mutanyi for lunch. 2 hour walk to Honduras for dinner. Overnight at Alfredo's peasant farm.

Breakfast at 6.30am. Walk along the Buritaca river on indigenous paths to the cabins at Mutanyi where lunch will be served. Then walk for two hours through El Mamey region to Honduras where dinner will be served at Alfredo's peasant farm. Overnight in hammocks on Alfredo's farm.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner




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Day 6 : Return to Santa Marta

After breakfast, bathe in waterfalls and natural pools. Walk back to Machete Pelao. Jeep to Santa Marta. Evening free. Overnight in Santa Marta.

Visit of the waterfalls and pools in the morning for bathing. Three hour walk back to Machete Pelao where you will have lunch and meet the 4x4 to take you back to Santa Marta. You will arrive mid afternoon and have the rest of the day free until dinner.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


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Day 7 : Bogota - Departure

Breakfast, relax. Transfer to airport. Fly to Bogota. End of services.

Breakfast, relax. Transfer to airport. Fly to Bogota. End of services.

Meal plan : Breakfast


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