View of the Lost City | Colombia | South America
FROM: CAD $1,965 pp

Trek through lush jungle and local settlements to uncover Colombia's Lost City, overnighting in charming houses along the way. Climb the 1,200 stone steps which lead to the Ciudad Perdida, a fascinating site made up of stepped terraces carved into the side of a mountain. Top off your stay with some relaxation by the beach in Tayrona National Park.

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Trip Highlights

Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) - Explore this ancient archaeological site built by the Tayronas between 500 and 700 AD, making it 800 years older than Peru's Machu Picchu
El Machete River - Take a dip and admire the jungle on this stop on your trek en route to Adan's House
Buritaca River - Traverse the waters of this river on your trek, spotting areas where treasure hunters were once active
Santa Marta - Enjoy free time at the start of your tour in the first Spanish settlement in South America, nicknamed the ‘Pearl of America’
Mutanyi - Interact with the local Koguis people and learn about their traditions en route to Gabriel's House
Tayrona National Park - Enjoy free time in one of Colombia's most stunning national parks with mangrove swamps, green forest, mountain peaks and a spectacular coastline


7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8
Entrance fees to all sites and activities as described in the itinerary
Trek to the Lost City on a shared excursion
8 nights Standard accommodation in Santa Marta. Simple accommodation whilst trekking. Upgrade to Superior or Deluxe accommodation in Santa Marta is available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Services of local English-speaking specialist guides and trekking guide for trek to the Lost City
All relevant transfers and transportation

Not Included

International flights and visas
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture


Day 1

Santa Marta

Welcome to Santa Marta, the first stop on your Colombian adventure. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Santa Marta where you will be able to relax and freshen up before making the most of your free time for the rest of the day. Founded in 1525, Santa Marta was the first Spanish settlement in South America and has been nicknamed the ‘Pearl of America’ thanks to its stunning location. Take a wander through the city and see what you think of this legendary city.
Overnight: Santa Marta

Day 2

Machetepelao – Adan’s House

Santa Marta - Adan's House. Now the real fun begins as Day 2 marks the start of your hike that will eventually take you all the way to the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City). You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven for 2 hours before arriving at the outskirts of the jungle. From there you will be driven for another hour along a bumpy road to the settlement of Machetepelao, the start of the trekking route. You will trek for a total of around four and a half hours, stopping along the way to take a dip in the El Machete River and to admire the verdant jungle. Your final stop for the day is Adan’s house, the home of a former colonist.
Overnight: Adan's House  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Gabriel's House

Adan's House - Gabriel's House. Time for a hearty breakfast as you are about to embark on a six hour hike through some of Colombia’s most beautiful deep forest. Roughly halfway through today’s hike you will pass through Mutanyi, a meeting town of the Koguis people. Here, you will have the chance to interact with the locals in order to learn more about their community, history and traditions. This is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in a unique culture. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to take a dip in the nearby Rio Buritaca before heading to dinner and then to bed in colonist Gabriel’s House.
Overnight: Gabriel's House  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Rumualdo's House

Gabriel's House - Rumualdo's House. Today you continue your journey through the heart of the Colombian wilderness after filling up on breakfast. You will spend five hours trekking today and during this time you will be required to cross the Buritaca River on several occasions. Sometimes you will be able to traverse the water simply by wading through, however, other times it will be necessary to swim. Whilst walking, the guide will indicate spots where treasure hunters were once active, looting the land of its riches. The final stop for the day is Rumualdo’s House where you can put your feet up and relax for the evening.
Overnight: Rumualdo's House  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

Rumualdo's House - The Lost City - Gabriel's House. After an early breakfast, you are back on the road and the first challenge of the day presents itself in the form of 1,200 stone steps, which lead to the much anticipated Lost City. Built by the Tayronas between 500 and 700 AD, the Ciudad Perdida is around 800 years older than Peru’s Machu Picchu and was probably the capital of the region at the time. The site comprises 169 stepped terraces, which have been carved into the side of the mountain, a series of tiled roads and some small circular plazas that show the harmony between the Tayrona civilisation and nature.

In 1972 the city was discovered by treasure hunters and is now a major archaeological site. Once you have finished exploring everything the ancient city has to offer, it’s time to head back to the camp to freshen up and have some lunch. After lunch, you begin a five hour trek back to Gabriel’s House.
Overnight: Gabriel's House  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 6-7

Tayrona National Park

Gabriel's House - Tayrona National Park. The day starts with a six hour trek back through the jungle to the Machetepelao settlement where you will have lunch before being picked up by a 4x4 that will drive you all the way to the stunning Tayrona National Park. Sitting on the Caribbean coast, this park is a national treasure and encompasses pristine beaches, picturesque forests and a huge variety of flora and fauna. Howler monkeys and iguanas are just two of the numerous animals that can be spotted here. The latter part of this day will be used to recover before you take on the park on Day 7.

Day 7 is your day to do whatever you like. Explore the thick swathes of jungle that make up the interior of the national park or lie on the gorgeous beach and soak up some sunshine, the choice is yours. When it gets too warm, take a dip in the refreshing water of the Caribbean Sea.
Overnight: Tayrona National Park  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 8

Goodbye Colombia

Today marks the end of your Colombian adventure. After breakfast and hotel check-out you will be transferred to Santa Marta airport for your onward travel.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Twin / Share
Single Room
CAD $1965
CAD $2495

In Brief

Trip Type
Santa Marta
Santa Marta
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard (superior and deluxe available on request)
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 3
Santa Marta, Tayrona National Park, Ciudad Perdida
The vivid blue waters of the coast along Santa Marta
The circular terraces of the Ciudad Perdida, Colombia's Lost City
The beautiful coastal scenery of the Tayrona National Park
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