The best time to do the Lost City trek is the dry season. In this region this season runs from January to July with a minimum increase of the precipitations in April and May. The most popular periods for doing the Lost City trek are August, the last week of December and the first week of January. In this article we want to show you what you can expect each month of the year. We take into account the weather and the flow of people. (The weather station in Santa Marta collects data from some points of the territory, the data we analyze here corresponds to those of the Tayrona Park in view of the fact that they are the closest to Ciudad Perdida and with the most similar climate).*
The Lost City Trek month by month
January – February
By January, the rainy season has ended totally. December, January and sometimes February are windy months. The nights are cooler than others during these days. In January continues the holiday season in Colombia, so the first days of the month could be very crowded.
February is similar to January. The windy period known as “La Loca” ends. Other info: In February the Tayrona Park is closed but it does not affect the Lost City Trek.
March, April, May, June
By March, the previous dry days are so evident in the level of water of the rivers and the mountains around the urban area. The flow of people goes down until its lowest peak in May – June. This is the best moment to do the trek if you care about crowds. Just remember when is the Holy Week, this short period of time has an increase of local tourism, but even that, the campsites are not going to be so busy. From April on you will have some rainfalls, in some cases there will be a refreshing drizzle or the clouds will just cover the sun.
July – August
So similar to April and May, during July and August there is an increase in the flow of people and rainfalls. In recent years, August has been really wet.
September (The Lost City is closed)
Remember, September is the month when they close the Archaelogical Park. The companies restart operations by 29th September (This date cannot be guaranteed. Please contact us to get more info about it).
October – November
The rainiest month of the year is October. If you do the trek during this month, or November, be ready for the toughest and most challenging version of the Lost City trek.
December – January
By December, the rainfalls stop gradually as the breezes increase. The last week of the month can have days really crowded as so the first week of January.
Extra things to take into account
- This article is intended as a guide, not a weather forecast.
- The humidity in the mountainous region is high all year round (higher than 80%).
- Whenever you do the trek be prepared for surprising rainfalls or drizzles. But do not bring thick raincoats or you will cook yourself wrapped in it. Check our Lost City Packing List out for more information.
- No matter what season it is, when it rains it is almost always in the afternoon. This offers a double advantage: first, you will be arriving at each campsite by the time it starts raining, and second, the Lost City is visited in the morning, so the weather will not be a problem.
* Notes: Other points such as San Lorenzo (2,200 m.a.s.l.) have a totally different climate and those located in the urban area record higher temperatures, less humidity and less precipitations. For that reason we consider the Tayrona Park or Guachaca as the most accurate references.