Deep in the jungle of the ‘Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta’ lies Ciudad Perdida (The lost City), one of South Americas most important archeological places. The trekking through the jungle and the foothills of these mountains is unforgettable. The local guides will tell you more about this mysterious place and its inhabitants, the Tayrona Indians, during the trekking.
DE UNA offers a package of 8 days in which the 6-day trekking is offered with one night in Santa Marta before the trekking begins and one night in Santa Marta after the trekking. Off course it is possible to change this package into a custom made program with other destinations, activities or a national flight to and from Santa Marta. It is also possible to do the trekking to Ciudad Perdida in 5 days instead of 6 days. As the 6 day trekking on itself is already hard we only recommend this for the experienced trekkers.
For the real adventurers it also possible to arrange a trekking that goes from Ciudad Perdida back through 'la Tagua' and via Minca back to Santa Marta. This route is a lot less visited than the standard route and doesn´t have a good infrastructure yet. This trekking is a lot harder but if you like to experience something different and have anadventurous spirit this tour is a perfect alternative.
The trekking to Ciudad Perdida goes through the jungle and through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The comfort level on this tour is low as you will spend the nights in hammocks and on mattresses in cabins. You have to walk an avarega of 4 to 6 hours per day over an average rising and falling landscape including some real climbs and ascends. During the rainy season the trekking is extra hard as some parts of the road turn into slippery mud pools and there are more mosquitos and the river crossings are more complicated. However both seasons have their charm for example during the rainy season there are many streams to bath in. This tour is an amazing experience but it but is also difficult, you will get dirty and your luggage will get wet and moist. Take this in consideration when packing for this trip.
Packing list Ciudad Perdida: - Good shoes to walk on (and can get wet) - Extra pair of shoes and/or sandals - Thin sleepingbag or sheet sleepingbag for the nights in hammocks - Clothes for a warm and humid climate - Swimsuit and towel - Clothes with long sleeves and long trousers for the evenings and nights - Something warm for the night (it can get pretty chilly) - Hat or cap - Flash light - Sun block and mosquito repellent - Personal medicine and first aid kit - Backpack for all personal items - Toilet paper - Plastic bags to keep your clothes dry - Water in botles for the first day (after the first day you can refill the bottles on the trek) - Pocket money
Important: There is no age limit for this tour but as it is a very intensive trek, it is recommended to be in good physical condition and have (some) trekking experience. For this tour you are obligated to have a yellow fever vaccination and be able to proof this, so bring your vaccination carnet. During the trekking you can buy water and some refreshments on the locations where you spend the night. Bring for that reason some pocket money and you can give some tip to the guides and the carriers if you are happy with their services. Water during the trek can be drunk from the many rivers and creeks, if you have a sensitive stomach you can bring some water purification tablets which you can buy in any pharmacy in Santa Marta. Also bring a personal first aid kit with you with some medication against diarrhea and dehydration.
Day 1 Arrival in Santa Marta and accommodation in the Park Hotel in the old part of Santa Marta at the beach.
Day 2 Start of the trekking to Ciudad Perdida. In the morning you will leave from Santa Marta to Machete Pelao, ‘Mamey’, a drive of more or less 2 to 2,5 hours over a bad road. From here starts the trekking. After 3 to 4 hours you arrive at a finca ‘Donde Adan’. Here you will spend the night in hammocks and swim in nearby streams.
Day 3 A walk of more or less 4 hours brings us to some Indian Kogi’s settlements in the valley of the Buritaca river. Here youspend the night in hammocks at the bank of the Buritaca River.
Day 4 A walk of 4 to 5 hours, during which you have to cross the Buritaca river several times and also pass some Kogi’s settlements, brings you to the entrance of Ciudad Perdida. From here it is a good climb of more or less 45 minutes over the original stairs to the highlight of the trekking, The Lost City (Ciudad Perdida). In the afternoon you can explore Ciudad Perida with explanation of a local guide about this fascinating place. Accommodation in cabañas.
Day 5 In the morning and the beginning of the afternoon you are free to enjoy, explore the beautiful nature and take a bath in the ‘El Pozo de Joventud’. In the afternoon you will leave this magical place and walk back over the same path as you took on the way there. Depending on the time and the group you will spend the night at the Buritaca River or at an earlier camp.
Day 6 In the early morning you go back to the finca ‘Donde Adan’ over the same route as you came from. Along the way you will make a stop at the cabañas of Mutanshi to have lunch. Accommodation in hamocks at the finca 'Donde Adan'.
Day 7 The last day during which you have to walk approximately 3 hours back to ‘Mamey’. From here there will be transport back to Santa Marta where you will arrive at the end of the evening. Accommodation in the Park Hotel in the old part of Santa Marta at the beach.
Day 8 End of the program.
Price from 390 Euro pp
Inclusive: - 2 nights in a hotel in Santa Marta including breakfast - Transport in a 4x4 to Santa Marta-Mamey-Santa Marta - 6 day trekking to Ciudad Perdida - Accommodation in hammocks and cabañas) - Hammocks with musquito nets - 3 meals a day + snacks and fruit during the 6 day trekking - Local guide and carriers
Not inclusive: - Personal expenses - Tip for local guide and carriers
Optional: - 5 day trekking instead of 6 days (only for experienced trekkers) - Round trek Mamey-Ciudad Perdida-la Tagua/el Congo (only for experienced trekkers) - Different hotel in Santa Marta - Private trekking with English speaking guide - Package with national flight to Santa Marta - Package in combination with other destinations