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Colombia Adventure, Hiking Trip to The Lost City

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 20 people
Destination(s): Colombia  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 625 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 625 US Dollar (USD)

Built by the Tayrona Indians between the 11th and 14th Century in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, La Ciudad Perdida, (The Lost City) is one of the largest pre-Columbian settlements in the Americas. It was only discovered in 1972.

Explore the scenic backcountry of Colombia on a 4- or 5-day trek to this legendary site, hidden deep in the dense jungle. You’ll hike 29 miles (47 kilometers) passing unspoiled waterfalls and rivers along the way, eventually reaching this amazing archaeological treasure. Your trip culminates with a chance to explore Ciudad Perdida, admiring the site’s intricate plazas and stone terraces, carved into the hillside.

Day 1: Santa Marta – Adan.
After collecting you at your hotel in Santa Marta, we will ride in a jeep for about 45 minutes on the highway. We will stop at a convenience store to buy snacks and drinks, and from there, we turn off the highway, up a dirt track into the mountains. After arriving in Machete, we will have lunch and then have a short swim to cool off. Then we hike a steep uphill grade for around 45 minutes before a long descent into the valley where Adán, the first campsite, is located. (L,D)

Day 2: Adan- Paraiso Camp.
The 15 km route starts along the Buritaca River, taking you further into the vivid green jungle past small villages en route to the evening campsite. We will walk uphill and across some beautiful terrain, including some local farms. After a jump in a swimming hole and lunch at Wiwa Camp (Camp Site 2) we will continue to Paraiso Camp (Camp Site 3), located only 1km downhill from the Lost City. Today’s journey takes you through a varied landscape, deeper into the tropical jungle, across rivers and past a couple of Kogi villages. (B,L,D)

Day 3: The Lost City.
We will wake up at about 4: 30 A.M so we can set off at dawn and enjoy the Lost City in the softest light and coolest air possible. After a short walk from the campsite, we will reach the 1,200 stone stairs that ascend to the terraces of the city above. Climbing the steps, we will reach the lower chambers of Teyuna, also known as The Lost City. It is believed that this was a capital city built by the Tayrona civilization in 800 A.D., approximately 600 years before the Incas built Machu Picchu in Peru. When conquistadores approached the structure in the 16th century, the Tayrona opted to abandon the city instead of allowing it to fall into Spanish hands. After visiting the Lost City, we’ll return to El Paraiso (Campsite 3) for a quick lunch before returning to Wiwa Camp (Campsite 2) for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Wiwa Camp – Santa Marta.
We will start early again, since much of the trail is unshaded, and therefore becomes quite hot. After a stop for fruit at the first campsite and a jump in the swimming hole, we’ll find ourselves back where we began, in Machete, for lunch. We will drive back to Santa Marta to end this exciting trek. (B, L)

Supplemental Tour Information:
Suggested Items to Bring:
– Hiking shoes
– Light cotton trousers, shorts, tee shirts, long-sleeved shirt
– Rain protection (poncho) + Head protection – baseball cap, hat or scarf
– Microfiber fast drying towel
– Sun protection / sun block + insect repellent
– Small flash light and spare batteries (ideally a “free hands” head torch lamp)
– Small backpack for daily essentials
– Camera + memory cards and a spare battery.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
-Hotel pickup and drop-off in Santa Marta
– Meals per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
– Entrance fee to Ciudad Perdida
– Local guide
– Accommodation at basic camps/shelters
– Small-group tour with a maximum of 11 people

Price Excludes:
– Hotel in Santa Marta or surroundings.
– Gratuities (optional)

About This Supplier
Location: Venezuela
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2009

Our company was founded by Ben Rodriguez in April 2002. It is a 100% Venezuelan Nature Tourism company, which offers products to independent travelers who have a limited or large budget. It shows up in Lonely Planet Venezuela 2007 and in Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring 2007, as one of the most competitive...

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