Discovering Ciudad Perdida
• Learn about the ancient indigenous belief systems as you make your way to the Lost City with a native guide.
• Test yourself with daily treks lasting between 5 and 7 hours, following paths laid out by the indigenous communities now living in the Sierra Nevada.
• Marvel at the exotic landscapes of the Colombian Caribbean’s tropical rainforest, home to a stunning array of flora and fauna, protected by indigenous spirits.
• Engage in fascinating cultural exchanges with the Wiwa and Kogui indigenous communities.
• We will pick you up in Santa Marta between 8 and 9 am, in a private vehicle which will take you to La Aguacatera. Here, a 4x4 will be on hand to take you to El Mamey (Machete Pelao) for lunch. In the afternoon, you will walk to the first campsite, the Gotsezhy refuge.
• The trek will take between 3 and 5 hours, depending on your physical condition, with time to get refreshed in the crystalline rivers that descend from the Sierra Nevada, the highest coastal mountain range in the world. An indigenous guide will accompany you every step of the way, regaling you with stories of his ancestors and the land. After dinner, you will spend the night in a hammock.
• After breakfast, you will set off on an 8.5 km trek from the campsite to the Muteyzhi indigenous community. The journey will take between 3 and 5 hours and offer you the chance to enjoy the stunning biodiversity of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1979.
• Once at Muteyzhi, you will have time to get to know the local indigenous community before continuing the trek to the next campsite for dinner.
• After breakfast, you will embark on a 7.3 km trek to an indigenous Wiwa settlement, where you will stop for lunch and to recharge your batteries before continuing the journey to the Paraíso Teyuna campsite, where you will spend the third night. The campsite is set at an altitude of 830 metres above sea level, at the feet of the Tayrona’s sacred city of Teizhuna (Teyuna), better known as the Lost City.
• While you enjoy your dinner, the guide will tell you all about the history of the Lost City and its sacred meaning for the indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada.
• In the early hours of the morning, immediately after breakfast, you will begin a 2 km trek to the ruins of the Lost City. In order to arrive at this sacred settlement, you will climb 1200 steps built by the Tayronas, the Sierra’s ancient inhabitants.
• The journey to Teyuna, the Lost City, will take roughly an hour. There, the Mamo (indigenous spiritual leader) will share sacred stories about the profound importance of the city in the planet’s natural equilibrium. One of the most striking aspects of this place is the vast complexity of its architecture, with a canal system designed to carry rain water throughout the settlement, as well as terraces to protect the soil’s fertility. These terraces are the Lost City’s most well-known and recognisable constructions – from here you can marvel at the imposing landscape of the Sierra Nevada and listen to the sound of the Buritaca River in the distance.
• At around 11 am, you will begin your descent to Paraíso Teyuna, where you will have lunch and take a well-deserved break. In the afternoon you will make your way down to the Wiwa settlement, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
• After breakfast, you will continue your descent to El Mamey, where a 4x4 will be waiting to take you to La Aguacatera. From there you will travel by car to Santa Marta, where your journey will end.
• On the final descent, be sure to enjoy the pure, clear rivers and streams that run down from the Sierra Nevada, the spectacular variety of birds and, above all, connect with the spirituality offered by one of Colombia’s most beautiful natural settings.
* The tour’s itinerary is subject to change, depending on climate conditions and land transport.
• Private land transport Santa Marta – Machete Pelao – Santa Marta
• (4) four nights in a hammock with a mosquito net in cabins or indigenous communities.
• (4) four breakfasts, (5) five lunches and (4) four dinners.
• Snacks (fruit).
• All the activities outlined in the itinerary (the talks at night are subject to the availability of the indigenous guide or mamo).
• Indigenous guides for the whole trip.
• Travel insurance for the days of the trek.
• Contributions to indigenous and farming communities.
• Entrance to Teyuna Archaeological Park (Lost city).
does not include:Transport:
• Transport to and from Santa Marta, the start and end point of the tour.
• Meals not outlined in the itinerary (breakfast on the first day and additional snacks).
• Unstipulated costs.
• Personal spending.
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*The prices depend on minimal quota.