A Travel Guide to the Lost City of Colombia

If you’re looking for an adventure of a lifetime, then look no further than Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City of Colombia.

The indigenous Tayrona people built Ciudad Perdida, an ancient city located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, over 1,000 years ago. 

The journey to Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) is not for the faint of heart. It’s a four-day trek through the jungle, with the first day being the most difficult. You’ll be walking for up to eight hours a day, and the terrain is often steep and slippery. But the effort is worth it – the views of the jungle and the mountains are breathtaking. 

Once you reach Lost City, you’ll be able to explore the ancient city. You’ll see terraces, plazas, and stone staircases, all of which were built by the Tayrona people centuries ago. You’ll also be able to learn about the history of the city and the people who lived there. 

Ciudad Perdida is a great place to get away from it all and experience something unique. The trek is challenging, but the rewards are worth it. If you’re looking for an adventure of a lifetime, then Lost City is the perfect destination.

To make the most of your visit to Ciudad Perdida, it’s important to be well-prepared. 

Here is a guide to help you get ready for your trip to Lost City: 

1. Make sure you’re in good physical condition. The hike to Ciudad Perdida is no joke – it’s a challenging trek that takes anywhere from four to six days to complete. You’ll need to be in good shape to make it to the city. 

2. Bring the right gear. You will need to bring a backpack, rain poncho, and sturdy shoes. You will also need to bring a water bottle for the trek. We recommend packing a headlamp, natural sunscreen, and bug spray as well.

3. Meals are included in the trek. The food is simple but nutritious and the cooks are very accommodating. Please let your guide know if you have any dietary restrictions.

4. Research the history of the lost city: Before traveling to a lost city, it’s important to learn as much as you can about its history. This will give you a better understanding of the culture and history of the area, and will also help you appreciate the significance of the lost city.

5. Be prepared for the hike. The hike to Ciudad Perdida is definitely challenging, but it’s worth it once you reach the city. Before you embark on the trek, ensure that you are well-prepared and conscious of the potential hazards associated with hiking in the jungle. Upon completion of the hike, you will have the opportunity to witness an awe-inspiring view of Ciudad Perdida, one of the most stunning and enigmatic ancient cities in the world.

6. Choose a reputable tour company: There are many tour companies that offer trips to lost cities, but not all of them are created equal. Be sure to do your due diligence and choose a company that has a good reputation and a track record of successfully guiding travelers to lost cities.

7. Be respectful of the local culture and environment: When traveling to a lost city, it’s important to be respectful of the local culture and environment. Be sure to follow the guidelines and recommendations of your tour guide, and avoid doing anything that may be considered disrespectful or damaging to the area.

What to pack?

Some essentials that may be useful to bring include natural sunscreen, natural insect repellent, a hat, a headlamp, a backpack, a rain poncho, sturdy shoes, and a water bottle. Additionally, it is important to remember that the climate in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is hot and humid, so it is advisable to pack light clothing that is both comfortable and breathable.

What to do after the hike?

1. Rehydrate: Drink plenty of water to replace the fluids lost during the hike. 

2. Refuel: Eat a nutritious meal to replenish the energy used during the hike. 

3. Stretch: Take time to stretch the muscles used during the hike.

4. Rest: Take a break to rest and relax after the hike. 

5. Reflect: Take time to reflect on the experience and appreciate the accomplishment of completing the hike.

After the trekking, you can recover in YAY Sustainable, eat nutritious and delicious food, enjoy the sacred waters of the Guachaca River, practice yoga, chill in our natural spring-fed swimming pool, and sleep in cozy cabins, suites, or ensuites surrounded by nature.

Book now your stay after your Lost City trek.