The Lost City of the Tayronas

This world-renowned trek will take you deep into the mystical jungle-laden mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, declared the most important concentration of biodiversity for preservation on Earth. Here you will discover one of the world’s most important archaeological ruins – “The Lost City” or ‘Ciudad Perdida’ as it’s known locally.

Re-live the moment when archaeologist explorers acted upon rumours of an ancient ruin – long forgotten and hidden deep in the depths of the Sierra’s folds and valleys – by embarking on a search from the searing sea-level heat of the Caribbean to the cooler, Andean airs high above.

The site was left by the Tayronas some 350 years ago, not long after the arrival of the Spanish. Jungle paths, stunning waterfalls and amazing natural pools, all amidst a towering green mountain landscape are just some of the highlights of this adventure.

Most importantly however, is the cultural context that you’ll experience, passing through indigenous settlements of the people that now inhabit the Sierra, among them the Kogis who are the direct descendants of the Tayronas.

Colombia’s archaeological and anthropological heritage sites are gaining worldwide recognition as to their importance in Pre-Columbian civilization and The Lost City is at the forefront.

Essential Info

Archaeological importance

  Ciudad Perdida is one of the most important pre-Columbian archaeological sites in South America & the world



Real trekking adventure

  Into the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains – the highest coastal range on Earth



An authentic cultural insight

  Into the peoples of the Sierra Nevada, direct descendants of the Tayrona people



A CP improved experience

  We designed our own logistical plan here so your trek will be like no other – much more comfortable!



Interaction with nature


 Natural pools, waterfalls and rivers to bathe in, surrounded by unrivalled biodiversity with the highest level of specie endemism in South America



Time to relax

  Ample relaxation time at Caribbean beach hotel post-trek



Shorter trek

  This trek can be done if 4 days and not 5 depending on the client’s preferences




Day 1: Transfer from hotel to El Mamey. Begin trek to Campsite 1.

Day 2: Trek from Campsite 1 to Campsite 3.

Day 3: Walk from Campsite 3 to Ciudad Perdida. Spend time at ruins observing its different structures, sectors and learning about its history and that of the surrounding region. Return to Campsite 2.

Day 4: Trek from Campsite 2 to Campsite 1

Day 5: Trek from Campsite 1 to El Mamey. Transfer to Playa Koralia for lunch.

Days 6 – 7 Full day at leisure on beach. Next day morning transfer to airport for flight back to place of origin




  • The Lost City (Buritaca 200)
  • PNN Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • Specially selected private beach hotel


7-Day guided itinerary from $1,300 USD / £895 GBP

(Based on 8pax sharing on a twin occupancy basis)

Private departures and group tours of up to 8pax available

**NOTE: This itinerary includes a private beach hotel stay at the end of the trek, all food and all transfers. Spanish-speaking guide and special logistics are also included in the package.



December – May; July – September (the trek is available throughout the year albeit with higher rainfall)

  • Dry tropical forest
  • Humid tropical forest
  • Andean sub-tropical forest


  • White-bearded and Golden-Headed Manakin
  • Red-howler Monkey
  • Rufous-tailed Jacamar

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What our clients say

………..thanks for so quickly helping up to put this fantastic looking trip together………. I’m already speaking with a few enquirers and hold high hopes of starting to fill places early.”

John Faithfull

Travel Expert, Steppes Travel