Lost City Trek
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Spend 5 days hiking through the beautiful Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountain Range on this exciting Lost City Trek in Colombia. The Lost City, or Ciudad Perdida in Spanish, is an indigenous sacred site even older than Machu Picchu in Peru!

Visitors are not allowed to do this trek alone, so we have arranged a 5-day Lost City Trek where you will learn about indigenous cultures, nature and history while hiking to the Lost City. Don’t miss out on this exciting adventure!

1,100,000 COP
5 Days
Meals Included
Accommodations Included
Tour Guide Speaks English and Spanish
Nature/Hiking Tour
Lost City Trek Path

Lost City Trek Itinerary Details

Day 1

Lost City Hike

This tour starts by departing from Santa Marta, Colombia or Palomino, Colombia and heads to the start of the Lost City trail. The drive will take about 2 hours by Jeep from Santa Marta. We will give you an introduction and a chance to get to know each other before having a light lunch of ham, bread, vegetables, cheese and soda or water.

After lunch, we will start walking 6 km towards our first campsite. Get ready to enjoy natural pools, rivers, waterfalls and fresh fruit during this 4-hour hike. Once we reach the campsite, we will provide dinner and prep you for the next day.

Included: Lunch, dinner, Jeep transport, overnight accommodation

Day 2


Start the day off with a delicious breakfast of cereal, fresh fruit, coffee and hot chocolate. At 8 am, we will begin our journey to the next campsite located about 6 km away. During the 4-hour walk, you will learn more about the indigenous communities and their cultures. Snacks and lunch will be provided during the walk. You will have time to relax once we make it to the second campsite.

Included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, overnight accommodations

Day 3


Day 3 will begin even earlier, so make sure you go to bed early! Enjoy a breakfast sandwich with coffee, hot chocolate and fruit before heading out at 7 am. It will take about 5 hours to reach the third campsite located about 8 km away. During the hike, you will meet indigenous families and cross a river. You will have time to relax at the third campsite before going to bed.

Included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, overnight accommodations

Day 4

Lost City Destination

Today we will see the Lost City! Start the morning with a breakfast of fruit, pastries, coffee and hot chocolate. We will spend some time walking to the Lost City, then we will explore the extraordinary ruins for about 3 hours. Your guide will provide more information and history about the indigenous site before heading back to camp for lunch.

After lunch, we will circle back and walk about 4 hours towards the camp we slept at on Day 2. There, you will have free time and a delicious dinner.

Included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, overnight accommodations

Day 5

Mule Lost City

This is the last day of this unforgettable Lost City trek. Start the morning with a breakfast of eggs, bread, coffee and fruit before walking about 6 hours to the same spot where we started the journey. At the end, we will pick you up in a Jeep and drive about 2 hours to return to Santa Marta or Palomino.

Included: Breakfast, Jeep transport


Packing for the Lost City Trek

We recommend bringing the following items:

Plastic Bag
2 Plastic bags to protect clothing from noise.
Tennis Shoes
Tennis shoes (1) pair for mountain.
Cotton T-shirt.
Shorts or Long Pants Sweatshirt.
Long Shirt
Long Shirt.
Bathing Suit
Bathing Suit.
Towel and socks
Towel and socks 3 pairs
Insect repellent
Insect Repellent
Personal Grooming Items.
Bottle of water 1 liter.
Personal Medicine
Personal Medicine.
Camera / flash light.

More About the Lost City

The Lost City, or Ciudad Perdida in Spanish, is the archaeological site located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountain Range in Colombia. Archeologists believe the ancient city was founded in 800 AD – 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu in Peru.

The area is one of the most important archaeological sites in South America. The Tayrona people built the Lost City to serve as a sacred place to hold ceremonies for neighboring Kogi and Arsarios indigenous tribes.

The Lost City trek has a medium-to-high difficulty level and covers a series of landscapes, ranging from 0 to 1,100 meters above sea level. Trekkers will be able to learn and meet indigenous people, as the tour guides have a close relationship with the locals in the region. Please keep in mind you can’t do the Lost City trek in the month of September because this the designated time indigenous people take care of the natural area.

We proudly offer this tour to help support local people. Some of the proceeds go to support local farmers, porters, guides, restaurant workers and drivers. These hardworking people strive to welcome visitors, as well as protect this special area of Colombia.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Lost City Trek safe?

The trek is not considered dangerous. Colombia’s safety conditions have improved within the last couple of years and visitors should not worry about danger while visiting Colombia or hiking to the Lost City. Just like along any trail, hikers are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and watch where they are walking to avoid accidents or injuries along the trail.

Can I go to the Lost City alone?

No, visitors cannot hike to the Lost City alone. Every group or person must be accompanied by a local guide. This is a government regulation to ensure hikers don’t get lost along the trail. This rule is also to help ensure hikers do not disturb the indigenous people who live in the area or the delicate ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta.

What is the weather like on the Lost City trek?

Expect the weather to be extremely humid in the daytime. The average high temperatures hover between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 23 degrees Celsius) throughout the year. The nighttime cools down a bit with temperatures ranging between 57 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit (13 to 16.5 degrees Celsius) throughout the year. December through March generally has less rain, but you should still expect afternoon showers throughout the year.

How long does the Lost City Trek take?

It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 days from the start of the trail (called El Mamey) to reach the Lost City, then return to the starting point. For visitors who want to hike at a slower pace and enjoy the scenery, choose the 5-day option. If you are short on time or want to spend a day exploring a different part of Colombia, expect to walk faster and farther during each leg of the trip.

Do I need to know Spanish?

It’s always best to know a couple of Spanish words while visiting Colombia, but you do not need to know Spanish to enjoy a Lost City Trek. Your tour guide will speak English and Spanish and assist travelers if translation is needed. For information on Lost City treks led in other languages besides English and Spanish, email gerencia@thedreamer.co.

Where will I sleep during the Lost City Trek?

Since this is a trek through the jungle, the accommodations each night will be simple and rustic. You can look forward to sleeping in hammocks or bunk beds depending on the campsite. Electricity will be limited or not available depending on the campsite, so don’t expect to charge various tech devices every night.

When is the best time of year to do the Lost City Trek?

You can take a Lost City trek any time of the year except September, but consider going during the drier months between December and March. May and October usually see the most rain, making it a bit more challenging to hike because of the mud and downpours. No one is permitted to do the Lost City Trek in the month of September because this is the time local indigenous people take care of the area as part of sacred tradition.

After I complete the Trek, where may I travel to?

After the trek you will return to Santa Marta, where you can plan relax in Dreamer or can alternatively take the public bus to Palomino or Tayrona Park. Many hikers love enjoying the Palomino paradise, and Dreamer on the Beach!

What is necessary reserve my space on The Lost City Trek?

You can book this tour directly with us through email, and you'll need to (1) Indicate the dates you will like to go to the trek, (2) Provide a scan of your passport with the Colombian entry stamp (if you aren’t in the country yet once you get to the hostel we can send it), and (3) Make downpayment of 10% of the total value of the tour. Also when you arrive at the hostel we have a meeting every day at 6 pm in the reception to provide general information about the tour.


Tips for Visiting the Lost City

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your trip. Start a couple of months in advance.

  • Break in your hiking shoes at home before arriving in Colombia.

  • Bring a water pack to easily take sips throughout the trek.

  • Do not drink water unless it has been boiled or bottled.

  • If you have food allergies, be sure to tell the tour operator in advance so they can accommodate your needs.

  • Don’t take pictures of indigenous people you meet along the trail.

  • Ideally, plan to do the trek between December and March when there is less rain.


Starting Your Lost City Trek Plan

Don’t wait until the last minute to start planning your Lost City trek. It’s best to buy your flight to and from Colombia at least 6 weeks before you arrive. Most international flights land in Bogota, Colombia’s capital, then a connecting flight will bring you to Santa Marta. Be sure you have a return flight from Colombia as foreigners will not be allowed to enter the country on a one-way trip.

Be sure to visit other destinations in Colombia during your trip. Bogota, Santa Marta, Cabo de la Vela and Palomino are also great places to explore before or after your trek to the Lost City.


Book With Us

You can book a 4 or 5-day Lost City trek through The Dreamer Hostel in Santa Marta or The Dreamer Hostel in Palomino. We are happy to arrange your tour and have you stay at one of our wonderful hostels featuring a pool, a restaurant, a bar and comfortable rooms. We also offer complimentary bag storage


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