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.
Day 1: Flight from Bogota to Santa Marta. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour of the city. Overnight in Santa Marta.
Day 2: Breakfast, then 3 hour drive to El Mamey, a small village of people originating from inland Colombia. You will walk mostly uphill until we reach the first campsite (about 3 hours), where you will spend the night in hammocks (with mosquito nets). A natural pool and waterfall will serve as an ideal shower.
Day 3: 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 3 more hours of walking before we reach the cabin where you will spend the night. On arrival you can cool off in the natural pools formed by the Buritaca river.
Day 4: Breakfast at 6.30am, then you will walk through the indigenous reserve of Kogui - Arsario and the natural park Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, passing through indigenous settlements. You will cross the Buritaca river, climb the thousand steps to finally arrive at the legendary Ciudad Perdida (Lost City). Total walk is about 6 hours.
Day 5: Breakfast, then tour of the Lost City site. 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.
Day 6: Breakfast at 6.30am. Then walk to the cabins at Mutanyi where lunch will be served. After lunch you will continue until we arrive at the first campsite where soft drinks and beer will be available.
Day 7: Breakfast at 7am, then leave the campsite at 8am. We walk for approximately 3 hours, taking a rest for one hour at El Mamey where you meet the jeep. From there you will be driven to the entrance of the park and rest for a while and have a snack, continuing to Santa Marta where you will arrive mid-to-late afternoon. Take a deserved rest for the remainder of the evening. Overnight in Santa Marta.
Day 8: Breakfast, relax. Fly to Bogota. Transfer to city for half a day. Transfer back to airport for onward flight.
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