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Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)
Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

El Mamey, Sierra Nevada

The basics

Lost City tour options abound, with journeys lasting anywhere from three to five days. Private and small-group excursions typically include round-trip transportation and certified guides—the latter is mandatory if you wish to do the hike. Don’t worry about lodging, food, or water either—these are usually also included.

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4-Day Lost City Small-Group Tour in Santa Marta
4-Day Lost City Small-Group Tour in Santa Marta
$460.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Absolutely incredible hike
I had such a lovely experience on this hike! One of my favorite things that I've done so far while traveling around South America. The hike is challenging, but so worth it. The company was responsive, very helpful with my dietary needs and my guide Miguel was wonderful. Couldn't recommend this more!
Elena_P, Feb 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Santa Marta

Wonderful experience
Andrew_F, Jul 2022
4-Day Lost City Small-Group Tour in Santa Marta
Excellent trip. Tough conditions not for the faint hearted. Amazing experience and highly recommended.
Los Tucanes, Our Tribe Group Name
Veronica_H, Jan 2021
Lost City Trek 4 days 3 nights from Santa Marta
The expotour four day backpacking adventure to the Lost City caught my attention. I looked within to see if I had the endurance and faith to complete it. The Covid drama had forced me to find peace and reassurance outdoors riding my bicycle for the past six months. My body and mind accepted long distance bike riding (75 miles ) to develop cardiovascular strength and mental resilience. I also consumed lots of produce and water to remain well hydrated. I had taken the yellow fever vaccine several years ago and it’s valid for a couple of more years. Emotional stress has giving me a mild case of vertigo and Urgent Care gave me pills to control it. On the backpacking trek, I wore clothing that whisks away the sweat and dries quickly ( exofficio and kuhls )Moving from camp to camp does not allow regular cloths to dry. I used plenty of antibacterial wipes on my body and face to remove the sweat and dirt... I chose not to shower. I wore no cosmetics, deodorant, body lotion, hair gels or perfume to avoid mosquitoes. Shoes with good traction gripped the earth as I walked on hills. A waterproof backpack kept my stuff dry as I crossed the river. I successfully finished the four day challenge with minor swollen ankles due to forgetting to do calve raises to strengthen them. Diego, Isidros ( two guides ) and Jesus, the cook have an easy going personality that I appreciated. We bantered and found humor in each other’s company. I felt accepted in their presence and they helped me navigate the unfamiliar trails without fear....I would do the trail again and definitely train for it, otherwise, you will return to El Mamey ( the starting town )on a mule.
Great trip minus one administrative detail
marklambertsen, Feb 2020
4-Day Lost City Small-Group Tour in Santa Marta
The trip was absolutely fantastic. Hard hike for four days which we liked. Great logistics along the way making it easy even though rustic. Our tour guide, Luis, was from Baquainos Travel and Adventure, so Viator is just the middle man to hook you up. No problem, except that Viator doesn't allow refunds once purchased and if we had gone direct through Baquainos, we could have cancelled up to the day before. My girlfriend's knee was acting up and we weren't sure if we were going to be able to do the trip. The only thing we didn't like is Viator's cancellation policy. I'll go direct to Baquainos next time.
Great small group trek and a real challenge!
Felix R, Sep 2019
4-Day Lost City Small-Group Tour in Santa Marta
It was a great experience trekking through the jungle of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta for 4 days with Pedro, our guide, Andres, our translator, and Keisy, our cook from Baquianos! I wanted a small group tour from the beginning, and found Baquianos. As opposed to other groups with 20-30 people trekking together to the Lost City, our group size of 12 was incredibly comfortable. You could get to know the people in your group that much better and get more out of the whole experience than just the trek itself. I definitely recommend doing a small group tour if you value this like I did. You can simply focus much better on the experience I have found. I won't spoil you with stories about the trek itself or the Lost City - just be aware that this trek can be among the most impressive, challenging and rewarding experiences you will make. I had a great trek, and was extremely happy with our guide team, who were the best and always helping out when we needed it. Don't miss out on this trek if you've got the chance to do it!
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Things to know before you go

  • Wear sturdy shoes and take plenty of socks and bug repellent before embarking on your hike.
  • The hike to the Lost City isn’t for the fainthearted—make sure you have a reasonable level of fitness.
  • Before beginning the hike, you need to store the bulk of your belongings in Santa Marta, a service many tours provide.
  • The Lost City isn’t accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
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How to get there

Situated in the Sierra Nevada, the Lost City is neither easy nor possible to access independently. Hikes normally depart from Santa Marta.

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When to get there

While you can get to the Lost City year-round, it’s best to attempt the trek during Colombia’s dry season (October to April). The weather is still hot and humid, but downpours are less likely, and the experience will be much more enjoyable.

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Archaeological Ruins in Colombia

If you’re looking for easier-to-access archaeological ruins, Colombia has several options. Venture belowground at Cauca’s Tierradentro ruins; admire anthropomorphic sculptures at San Agustín in Huila; or stick to the Colombian Caribbean and explore the Tairona ruins of Pueblito in Tayrona National Park.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)?