Lost City

Lost City Colombia

The Ciudad Perdida or lost city is one of the main marvels of Colombia, located in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and close to the beautiful city of the same name. The only way of reaching this settlement is through a 4 days trekking or by helicopter. First excursions to Ciudad Perdida, where made few years after its discovery became public due to the multiple conflicts that the area was facing, because of the illegal excavations in search of the hidden treasures of the Tayrona culture.

Nowadays excavations in this area are prohibited, in order to guarantee the conservation and preservation of the archaeological area and Sierra Nevada was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1979.

Join this great adventure with us, all our treks to Ciudad Perdida have an English interpreter or a bilingual guide!!

The Lost city is closed in September

IMPORTANT: the lost city will be closed during all the month of september 2018 for indigenous community of the region request, this is a season where the Antropological and History Colombian Institute (ICANH) use to recover the antropological place that have been affected for the transit of people, additional the local people use this time to clean all the trail and the indigenous use this time to make a spiritual cleaning of the bad energies, to make a payment for the gods and say thank you to the mother earth. The ciudad perdida hike start again in October 1st.

Choose your favorite lost city trek

4 days tour.

5 days tour.

6 days tour.

Bird Watching.

Why to do the Lost City trek?

Indigenous communities

Currently four different indigenous communities (Kogui, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo) still inhabit in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta preserving its culture, dialect and traditions.

Biosphere Reserve

Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1979; Ciudad Perdida is situated in the foothills of this area.

Community tourism

A majority of the staff and people who benefit from this trekking are natives from the region and indigenous communities.

History

Most recent investigations undertaken in the archaeological Teyuna Park have discovered that the oldest settlements are from the A.C. 650 approximately.

How to get there

In order to reach Ciudad Perdida is necessary to contact one authorized agency and it is very important to book in advance.

Fauna and Flora

Thousands of unique species inhabit in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada; amongst them some unique and endemic birds of our region.

Tips:

Consejos Ciudad Perdida

It is a demanding trek which requires good physical condition and endurance plus an interest in nature. Ciudad Perdida trekking is a unique experience that is worth living and enjoying.

  • Make reservations in advance
  • Avoid high season
  • Make sure you keep hydrated during the trek
  • Bring back all your waste
  • Use biodegradable items
  • Stay on the marked hiking paths
  • Always follow the guide´s instructions

During the tour there will not be network or any type of digital communication hence this is an amazing opportunity for you to connect yourself with nature and its stunning surroundings.


Do you know that…?

216 terraces have been discovered so far, 211 are circular-shape, 4 are quadrangular-shaped and probably were warehouses and one is a “chapel” that was used as a meeting place for the Tairona community?