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Lost City, Santa Marta District
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Trek to Lost City, a pre-Columbian abandoned city dating from 800 CE. The fairly straining hike takes about four days and brings you across the jungles and rivers of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Hiking with a native guide can help you learn more about the landscape, culture, and history of the area. Climb 1,200 stone stairs to reach the base point of Teyuna (the indigenous name of the ancient city). Explore the ruins of what is thought to have been the capital of the Tayrona civilization, abandoned when the Spanish colonialists came to the area. Put Lost City on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Santa Marta tour planner.
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  • We booked a private guide (Branking Pastor) through Expotur to visit Ciudad Perdida. We had a fabulous time: mud, rain, sun, heat, mosquitoes, wet clothes, amazing views, great food, action and advent...  more »
  • I was with my wife on a four day trip: two of ida and two back. In fact, it is the second time that I. If you are a lover of nature and sport it is 100% recommended. The final destination is Teyuna, the lost city of the tairona, built between X and XIV century and abandoned to 1600 DC. It consists of 2 square Km from the ruins of an ancient civilization. A friend with whom I traveled is an architect and was dazzled by the lateness of their designs, architecture and engineering, the time. It is a place where you can take nice photos. In google you can find more information on the place in the web page of the Institute Colombian of anthropology and history. A good indigenous guide can tell you many stories also. We did a very beautiful entrance ceremony, where we leave an offering and the negative that had been in our minds to the entry. In the place exudes peace and harmony as anywhere else who has visited. It's worth the time. In the park there is a squadron of the army in charge of monitoring the security for tourists. But the target is not everything. As the poem, Walker says there is no way. And in this case the path is as interesting as the destination. Ascents and descents strong. The activity it feel more comfortable when you're accustomed to exercising. If you are not used to walking, I suggest you take the journey in five days that you go at your own pace, without desire and enjoy it more. Recommendations for the trip: take a small backpack. Excess weight you will produce more fatigue, especially the Sun and uphill. It is best to travel light luggage. I suggest to all the way only trousers and a t-shirt for every 2 days. Carries toilet attachments more small you earn. It's hot and the weather is wet. It carries CAP, sunglasses, preferring quick dry fabric outfits. Avoid jeans or cotton fabric, because it retains more moisture and is heavier. It carries repellent against mosquitoes and gnats, besides anti-sunburn. I saw several people of bermuda, with legs covered with bites. To avoid bites and sunburn, I prefer to wear long pants and long sleeve shirt. It is considered that if you wash clothes in the way it is possible that it is not reached dry. Take a change of clothes to sleep and use the same for the return. Some people are not used to walking long distances, so can be blistering. I suggest using double media and hiking boots to avoid sprains. It carries a small towel of fast drying and a waterproof light, if it rains. It is best if your backpack has a protective outer raincoat in case it rains. You can take water in reusable bottle, but a back of 2.5 or 3 litre camell, is more comfortable. It takes your personal Kit and includes bandaids and tape to cover potential injuries. Remember that if you leave the road, can get ticks, one reason more to prefer long pants. Pack the laundry in a bag and the dirty in another. Rains in the area much, except in summer, in January and the beginning of the year. In several parts, you must cross the River, which will want to get to the change your boots light beach shoes. I insist on packing your suitcase think much in how to reduce weight in your luggage as much as possible: your back and legs will thank you. Take bathing suit: every day you can bathe in natural and beautiful river pools and spas. It is very fun. You walk initially in rural areas and later in the forest, in a forest reserve. Question always at each Inn, which water can drinking. He warns that it is only the treated with pills to purify it. Carries a small flashlight, hopefully giving them that can hang in the front, to go to the bathroom at night and to revise the floor and shoes before stand up bed. Remember that in the area there is no cell signal and there is no electricity in several guest: you'll be disconnected 3 days of civilization. You will hear many new birds singing, you will see abundant butterflies. You will learn about trees. You will pass by indigenous villages and you will know something of their culture if you decide to investigate. The bedrooms and bathrooms are somewhat uncomfortable, small and narrow, but I think that if you are interested in nature, fun and adventure, it is a price that you are willing to take. I would repeat this trip several times more. It is curious that this place visit it more young foreigners (90%), that same Colombians (10%), as it happens with many of the sites most beautiful of Colombia. The food is plentiful and good seasoning, prepared by a chef who travels with you. Intermediate stops where offer you fruit are made along the way. Take care of your feet and tries to keep them dry to prevent blisters.
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  • 4 days tour in the heart of the Sierra de Santa Marta with final aim the Ciudad Perdida. I attended this tour with a friend by relying on the Agency of Santa Marta "Expotur." Great experience. Our group consisted of 11 persons, who after this adventure are now friends. Our guide, Christian, was perfect. Always available and ready to intervene in case of need. Always lock the unit in order to avoid that someone remained behind. She told us clearly and precisely what is Ciudad Course, what means this venue for the Kogi (the natives who still live in these mountains), how the lives of these local tribes. The food is never missed. We had even 2 coffee and snacks popcorn in the middle of nowhere. The Trek is not impossible, still need some practice because the path is made of continuous ups and downs, there are a few plain pieces. Definitely affects more the climate to which we Europeans are not used. Always hot and there is a crazy humidity even when it rains. The fields where we slept were well equipped with bunk beds with zanzeriere, showers (cold water is logically) and tables for eating. If you climb to the Ciudad Perdida, bring a bathing suit because then you can take a bath in a natural pool that is paradise. Experience that I recommend to anyone who has a bit of the spirit of adaptation, not afraid to walk up muddy paths and bears some mosquitoes. Those are not lacking!
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