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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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Where to stay in Santa Marta

No matter where you stay in Santa Marta's historical center, you'll never be more than a few minutes' walk from the beach. The old town offers countless accommodations, ranging from energetic youth hostels to cozy, family-run inns. Look to the seafront just outside of the historical center for luxury hotels and beach resorts. For a quieter experience, stay in the nearby beach town of Taganga, just north of Santa Marta.
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  • Did this trek in early May after some fellow travellers recommended Expotur to me and I wasn't disappointed! Aris (guide) and Emilio (translator) were extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendl...  more »
  • This is not easy but is truly a special experience. We went during the off-season so it was HOT but there were literally less than 30 people at the entire archeological site, which was fantastic. It I...  more »
  • Really enjoyed our trek to the lost city. We went with expotur but you could go with whichever company, they all offer the same food, lodging etc. The only difference is expotur has bigger groups. We ...  more »
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  • Doing the Lost City Trek was a great experience even in the rainy season. The scenery and experiences you get are unique. The guides and staff were kind and very helpful. Communication with the office was also smooth. There was something however that is hard to understand and I found it rather alarming: *** "Who is the cook?" *** Expotur has large groups - When I went it was roughly 10+10 people. Moreover, different companies seem to share the same accommodation and food (with some exceptions). That brought the number of guests roughly to 30-35. Now, add 10-15 support staff and guides. We are talking about around 50 to be fed! Cooking is thus done in mass production and the serving time is the same for all groups. If you go, take a careful notice that at the peak time of lunch/dinner you may have around 10+ people in the kitchen doing various jobs including preparing food and salad. Obviously, if 10+ people are handling the food the notion of the cook is lost. My impression was that in the kitchen "anything goes" really as long as some food is ready at a given time. Several people (if not all) got a stomach ache during the first few days - but the last night, it was "mayhem" at the toilets (from the pasta and chicken?). Also, a young man served me coffee in a dirty cup because he couldn't find a washed one. I do understand that during camping such events can happen, but the way I experienced it was a SYSTEMATIC LACK OF ROLES in the kitchen something which is a disaster waiting to happen and in fact, it did happen. Office staff was helpful to people that felt uncomfortable by offering doctor service (health cover included).
  • Trekked here back in 2014 with a small group. It was an excellent 4 day hike with plentiful time to swim in the rivers and relax along the way. We were lucky on the day we were in the lost city our group of 8 was the only one there. Highly recommended hike although not the 6 day options. 4 or 5 would be plenty.
  • Really loved this trip, it is truly a proper Indiana Jones jungle trek. Once you get off the beaten track the fun begins, its a trip where you have to go with a guide, I dont think its possible alone or without one, and even so you would end up hopelessly lost in the middle of nowhere. A real adventure, really enjoyed it when I went, there was four of us altogether and the guide with a young guy helping with things. So its maybe more special than Machu Pichu which is more well known and people possibly would feel more confident to visit Peru. Needless to say the Colombian people I met throughout my short holiday time there, be it in hotels, guides, the airport or wherever, were all friendly and courteous.
  • crazy trek!
  • A spectacular paradise where you can see buildings in stones made by our ancestors Tayrona
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