For those who like dates and history, we bring you the Lost City from a chronological view. Enjoy how this civilization developed step by step while leaving us many tangible cultural expressions.

The first human settlements in the region and the development of culture

100 AD The first settlements belong to this period. The first inhabitants of the northern coast of Santa Marta were skilled craftsmen, potters, goldsmiths, fishermen, and hunters. They cultivated corn and cassava.

Lost City stone terraces and staircases

6th to 7th century As they spread along the beaches, valleys, and mountains, they develop the stone-based architecture, with which they build roads, terraces, canals, and small bridges.

10th century By the 10th century there is a large population settled in many parts of the region, their social structure is more organized. They develop their own style in pottery and goldsmithing. From this century to the 16th century it is called the Tairona period. It is during this period that civilization reached its apogee and structures like those of Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) reached their greatest splendor.

Apogee and disappearance of the Tayrona culture

1501 The first Europeans arrive to explore the coast of what is now Santa Marta. They are amazed when they see the Tayronas. Unlike other indigenous tribes, the Taironas cover themselves with cotton fabrics and wear ornaments of semi-precious stones and gold.

1525 – 1526 The city of Santa Marta is founded and the period of conquest begins. The Tayrona Indians, like all the indigenous tribes that inhabited the area would be called over time, made a strong resistance to colonization. The struggles would last 75 years.

1600 It is the final war between the indigenous tribes and the colonizers, from then on many indigenous people take refuge in the parts of the Sierra Nevada that are difficult to access. Others are executed, taken as slaves, and/or placed in encomiendas, settlements where the Indians could continue their lives as long as they pay tribute to the colony and the crown.

17th century During the 17th century while the city was facing pirate attacks. It is believed that in faraway places like the Lost City, the Tayrona continued their life. However, diseases brought by the Europeans unleashed epidemics among the Native Americans that decimated their population and ended their culture and social order. Tayrona culture disappears completely. The Lost City is abandoned.

The Archaeology and the Lost City in modern times

1965 – 1975 There is an increase in the number of looted archaeological sites in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Looters destroy many remains and trade archaeological pieces on the black market.

Human figure of clay, probably depicting a chief
Human figure of clay, probably depicting a chief

1973 An anthropological station is established in the Sierra Nevada to protect and investigate the archaeological legacy of the cultures that inhabited it. Two of the researchers identified 211 archaeological sites, of which Buritaca 200, what is now called the Lost City, is the largest.

1976 Due to the magnitude of this archaeological site, a project for its investigation and restoration is created. The project involves experts from different disciplines, archaeology, architecture, engineering, paleo-botany, and soils study.

1980 The Lost City is declared an Archaeological Park, along with two other sites in Colombia: San Agustín and Tierradentro.

1981 By this date, the restoration makes the stability of the ruins allow it to open to the public, since then begins the history of Ciudad Perdida as a tourist destination until today.

From this moment on, this place became a tourist destination par excellence waiting for you to visit. Book and live this experience with us!

The Lost City is a single site, yet it has many ways of perceiving itself depending on what eyes it is seen through. We want to show you how this beautiful place has been conceived depending on the observer through time. We hope that this article will increase the value that this archaeological site, the Lost City, has for you.

The Lost City according to its builders

As the first inhabitants of this area spread to different parts of the Sierra Nevada their culture also developed. For example, the architecture of the Tayrona people is the result of centuries of adaptation to the different environments they inhabited, such as plains, valleys, and mountains.

Spiritual indigenous leader home Lost City

The first constructions in this area date back to the 6th or 7th century BC so we can imagine the first builders raising the stone and earth platforms and building roads to connect each new village with another. For them, this site became their place of dwelling and doing their daily activities such as growing corn, avocado, cocoa, cotton, among others. Commercial exchanges with people who lived in other areas, pottery, goldwork, and hunting in the surroundings. The Lost City is a place with enough water, either from rain or from nearby rivers, and it is also very rich in biodiversity, surely for the inhabitants, it was a very suitable place to live.

Over time, it may also have been seen as a refuge from colonization during the 16th and 17th centuries, to which unfortunately came diseases brought from the new world and for which the natives had no natural defenses. Epidemics could cause social instability in many villages and hence abandoned and the survivors spread to other areas. Although the latter is only a hypothesis that can be taken into account since the abandonment of indigenous villages was common during the conquest due to epidemics.

From this moment the site remained uninhabited until its discovery in the 70s of the 20th century.

The Lost City according to its discoverers

Broken clay pot
Methods of looting archaeological artifacts involve the destruction of their containers, such as this clay pot

Unfortunately, those who discovered the site were ‘guaqueros’ (grave robbers and traders in archaeological objects). For them, it was the equivalent of discovering a gold mine.

Soon, those who had discovered the Lost City began to attract the attention of other guaqueros, who also found the place. By then, a dispute broke out to control the area, so, many saw Ciudad Perdida as the originator of a bitter confrontation, which gave it the name Infierno Verde or “Green Hell”.

Many archaeological pieces began to flood the market and the looting that was taking place became noticeable. Besides, one of the original discoverers of the Lost City informed the authorities in Bogotá about the site and what was happening. From then on, there were efforts to protect the site and make it an object of study.

The Lost City according to archaeologists

To discover this archaeological site officially, a commission was created to study it. The Buritaca river valley also had other sites that were numbered as they were located, so for the archaeological record, what is now popularly known as the Lost City, was called Buritaca 200. For the archaeologists, Buritaca 200 was a great opportunity to learn more about the culture that had inhabited the area. However, even though the ruins had resisted the passage of time, they required restoration. These works, both the arrival of the first commission to the site and its study and restoration were done with the help of guaqueros and locals who knew the area and the ruins very well.

The Lost City according to actual indigenous tribes

Frog carved on stone
For the indigenous tribes, objects as this frog of stone are offerings Tayrona made many years ago and must be kept where they buried them. They help to keep the balance of the earth.

The indigenous people claim that they have always known about the existence of the Lost City, they say that in their oral tradition there is a story about the site. From a scientific point of view, the archaeological evidence shows that the site was unknown to anyone for approximately 400 years.

In any case, today Ciudad Perdida is a sacred place for the indigenous tribes that inhabit the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, it is a point where they make offerings to the gods or guardian spirits to maintain the balance of the Sierra Nevada and therefore of the cosmos. For them, Ciudad Perdida is called Teyuna in honor of a mythical hero who gave birth to the fathers of the natural elements.

The Lost City according to the rest of the world

The restoration and study works were from 1976 to 1986 when it opened its doors to the public. Since then it began to position itself as a tourist destination of worldwide interest. So the famous trek to Ciudad Perdida became for many another item on their bucket list or a challenge to face.

After doing the trek for many it becomes the highlight of their trip to Colombia, a lifechanging experience or a dream come true.

So now the question is…

What will the experience of the trek to Ciudad Perdida be like for you?

We cannot write for you what the trek to Ciudad Perdida will mean to you, so connect with a place that has been conceived in so many ways through time and discover the treasures it has for you! Write your own story!

The Tayrona people lived between sea level and an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters, mainly in the area of Santa Marta and near some rivers of the Sierra Nevada.

The Tayrona took advantage of the benefits of the Sierra Nevada and the sea. But they did it too with the limitations the mountains have. Over time, they used both things (benefits and restrictions) to develop into one of the most advanced pre-Columbian civilizations in our country.

The Tayrona house

Spiritual indigenous leader home Lost City
Tayrona houses were similar to those built by the actual indigenous that inhabit the region.

The Tayrona built their houses using wood or bahareque (wood and mud). They built huts with thatched and palm roofs, generally conical in shape, and which from their workmanship we can deduce they were excellent carpenters.

Housing and construction

The great population centers and the lithic architecture are the most outstanding characteristics of the Tayrona culture, since no other reached such a development in terms of material achievements in Colombia.

Tayrona houses were on artificial terraces that they reached by paths or stone stairs. They constructed circular-shaped terraces that were a feature of its lithic architecture (made of stones). These terraces had different levels of complexity. For example, those found in places somewhat far from the centre of the village, where it was relatively unfavourable for building, were more simple. The most elaborated ones could be found in villages more densely inhabited. Nonetheless, the structural characteristics of the Lost City terraces and other similar sites like Ciudad Antigua differs from others in the perfection of its work and are only frequent in the biggest settlements.

Stone stairs Lost City

Stone based architecture

Tayrona people used stone to shape retaining walls, bridge and road crossings and to form stairs, bridges and canals. Stone in blocks of various types was the key to building the retaining walls with which terraces were constructed.

Polished slabs were used to pave squares. Probably, the rocks, carved and sometimes inscribed, were also used to indicate important sites (such as the so-called “map stone” in Teyuna). They evoke the use of the stones among the current peoples of the sierra, with which they point out the sites of astronomical observation, those of meditation and “divination” or those that visually connect the places of daily life with the peaks and ridges that form the sacred landmarks of the territory.

What we can learn today

The way in which we are occupying the Sierra Nevada today shows a lack of respect for the environment, today we have forest cutting, burning, erosion, garbage and drought. Maybe it is time to learn something from the people that have inhabited this region for so many centuries.

Santa Marta is a great spot to do several things that cover a wide range of activities. It has a response for those who love beaches, history, culture or nature. What can you do before or after the Lost City trek? Let’s see what most tourists do and where they stay.

Taganga

In Taganga, a village of fishermen just 15 minutes from the center of Santa Marta, you can find many dive schools that will provide you a combination of high quality service and affordable prices. From the village you can hike to nearby beaches too, or just relax. If you will stay in Taganga before and/or after the trek we will arrange the pickup and drop off with you.

Tayrona Park

Tayrona Park

The National Natural Park is named after the Tayrona indians who inhabited this region. It is now a well-known park by its white bays, coconuts palms and the tropical forest. The most iconic beach of the park is Cabo San Juan del Guía.

Tayrona Park before the Lost City trek: Wait for the car at the entrance (Zaino), we are picking you up by 10:00 AM, anyway, we will confirm you the time of the pick-up.

Tayrona Park after the Lost City trek: We can drop you off at the entrance (Zaino), by 2:30 to 3:00 PM.

Minca

Located in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, it is perfect for relaxation, hiking, birdwatching or visiting coffee and cacao farms. Recently, Minca has become a great place to enjoy organic food and innovative preparations. If you will stay in Minca before and/or after the trek we will arrange the pickup and drop off with you.

Palomino

It is located in La Guajira department. Nonetheless, this town is so related to Santa Marta because Palomino is a hub from where many tourists come to Santa Marta to do different activities, what includes the Lost City trek. Palomino is the right beach resort. It has a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy long walks on the beach or enjoy the sunsets. Palomino has great options for relaxation and partying.

Palomino before the Lost City trek: Wait for the car in La Aguacatera, we are picking you up by 10:30 AM, anyway, we will confirm you the time of the pick-up. To get to La Aguacatera from Palomino you can take a bus that goes to Santa Marta and in less than 20 minutes you are arriving at there. Click here to see the location of La Aguacatera on Google Maps.

Palomino after the Lost City trek: We can drop you off at La Aguacatera from where you can take a bus that goes to Palomino or Riohacha.

The Lost City trek is a must-do while traveling Colombia. Nonetheless, it is possible that due to accesibility, affordability or time reasons, you can not have the chance to do it. And during September, when the site is closed to the public.

In that case knowing that there are ‘sister’ ruins of the Lost City can be very helpful. Here are three alternatives to the Lost City you should know.

Alternative to the Lost City number 1: Ciudad Antigua

With the same architectural structure to the Lost City, Ciudad Antigua (‘Ancient city’) is the most similar site to Ciudad Perdida that you can find open to the public. The site is located on the western face of the Sierra Nevada, in the rural area of Ciénaga, a city near Santa Marta. Pros: Visiting the ruins takes only 2 days, you will arrive there the same day of the departure. There are different activities to those done in the Lost City. Private tours with small sized groups. Cons: As a private tour, the fewer the people the more expensive the tour per person. Recommended if you want to see the archaelogical ruins and do some farm activities.

Alternative to the Lost City number 2: Taykú (A settlement similar to Pueblito Chairama)

Tayku
Tayku

Within the boundaries of the Tayrona Park you can find an indigenous settlement called Taykú. Just a couple of years ago, the most famous ruins in the Tayrona Park were those belonging to the Pueblito – Chairama sacred site. Now, Pueblito is closed to the public and Taykú took its place. While the structures of the lost city were designed to create flat terraces in a steep terrain, those of Pueblito or Taykú are not so impressive since they are on a flatter area. Pros: Full-day tour. Visit a Kogi indigenous community, Cabo San Juan Beach and a do a less challenging trek. Cons: The remains of the Lost City site are quite bigger than those in Taykú. Recommended if you want to have an approach to the indigenous community and visit the most famous beach of the Tayrona Park the same day.

Alternative to the Lost City number 3: “Teyunita”, Mini Ciudad Perdida

The Mini Ciudad Perdida is a group of terraces and stonepaths located on a hill in Paso del Mango. There is no any tour taking people to the site, but if you are going to stay in Paso del Mango you can ask if the Mini Ciudad Perdida is close and the way to go there. This site is perfect for a hike and maybe imagine a little how the ancient inhabitants of this region could live. When you reach the top of the hill you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surroundings. This small archaelogical site is an authentic Tayrona settlement that has not been restored. Pros & Cons: It is not a tourist attraction, what can be considered an advantage and disadvantage at the same time.

The Lost City trek in Colombia is not all about the archaelogical ruins. They are the finish line, and the arrival provide you a sense of accomplishment, but the journey itself, seen as an exploration, can surprise you. Let us show you 7 highlights of the Lost City Trek.

1 – Stunning plants and flowers

Tagua palm and exotic flower Lost City

Plant of purple leaves Lost City Trail
One plant that caught my attention was this one that looks like to be a fern. The leaves have a purple hue when the leaves are tender and turn green over time. It is pretty common there.

This region has a rich variety of plants, and the trek to Ciudad Perdida is the opportunity to see them for the first time. For those who live in the area, these plants are just “part of their world” and they do not see anything surprising in them. Yet, there they are, waiting to be admired.

Some examples are: the sensitive plant, a creeping plant that closes its foliage when you touch it. Heliconias, ferns, tagua palms, bromelias. The plants used by indigenous people are fascinating too, the coca plant, fique, and those used in dying their handicrafts. It is possible to see some fruit trees or plants like those of pineapple, avocado, mango, banana, tobacco, among others.

2 – Splendid views and scenery

Sunrise view from the Lost City trail

The Lost City Trail have really spectacular natural landscapes. Due to the combination of mountains and jungle leave a beautiful mark everywhere you see, from the stop places you can glimpse splendid valleys while you recharge your energy. This will be a constant, even from the Lost City, the views are amazing.

3 – The all-in-one cultural, historical, ecological and spiritual background of the tour

Spiritual indigenous leader home Lost City

The information discussed about the history of the place, the ecological and spiritual way in which the actual indigenous people live, can be very appealing. Teyuna is a sacred place for the natives and there are travelers and peasants that believe it is an energetic spot of the planet. For the traveler, these new points of view of the world are a remarkable thing of the tour, too.

4 – Refreshing waters near you all the time

River Lost City trail

The trail follows the valley of the Buritaca River and crosses several streams and springs. Close to each camp there is a section of a stream suitable for taking a dip. We can not deny that the weather here is hot, but we have near us these refreshing waters to make us forget about it and have a good time too.

5 – The challenge itself

Tourists doing the Lost City trek on a muddy terrain

Many find the challenge of the Lost City Trek itself appealing. In many cases, it is the first time that our visitors go into a jungle. In fact, we have seen that for some it is the first time that they are physically demanding in a tour like this, they go through muddy sections that test their balance and in some cases it is even the first time that they cross a suspension bridge!

It is possible that after finishing this experience, you know yourself better about what you are capable of doing and you could wish to repeat an experience like this.

6 –  What you feel when you get to the finish line: The Lost City

Lost City Archaelogical Site

The third day, before your arrival to the Lost City, you have to cross a river and then start climbing the famous 1,200 steps that take you to the Teyuna archaelogical site. It only takes 1 hour, but you could feel the sacred place is trying to see if you really deserve to get there. In this part you have to be focused on the tiny steps and to be patient, because the final stage of the challenge can not be done in a hurry. At your arrival, a sense of accomplishment can be felt and seen on all faces.

7 – Honorary mentions

Before leaving we want to add two more things. We have put them as they are one ‘extra’ highlight as we consider each of them does not make this trek unique, but are worth mentioning.

  • New friends: After being 4 days sharing this experience, any new person you know can become a new friend, a travel partner or at least someone that can give you great travel recommendations and direct reviews.
  • Food: We have to be honest, the food can be repetitive. But the rations will satisfy you, they are plentiful and tasty. For this reason, many find the meals of the Lost City trek a highlight of the tour, too.

Ready for discover these highlights of the Lost City trek in Colombia by your own. Mega Sierra Tour is glad to accompany you in this four or five days journey of exploration, and help you find surprises along the trail!

Would you like to know a little bit about the logistics of the Lost City trek? Let’s see what happens behind the scenes that makes possible this adventure.

Before the trek

The day before the trek they made sure that the pick up for the departure was arranged and clear. We should know what time we will pick us up at our accommodation, if we had to arrive at the office or if they would pick us up on the way to Ciudad Perdida.

Starting the tour

They carried the group’s information on a form. The driver and the guide kept one each. They also sent forms to the indigenous and peasant communities and to the ICANH (Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History) which is in charge of the conservation of the Archaeological Park.

Our guide was very early in the public market of Santa Marta acquiring all the supplies needed for the trek. He took into account the size of the group and our food preferences. All supplies were carried in the same vehicle that transported the group that day.

After having the supplies, the pickup started. Meanwhile, at the office, they were registering everyone’s details to the medical assistance service and reporting to Migración Colombia (Colombia’s immigration office). Well, they do that and more boring office stuff, but quite important as you see.

The trek

When we arrived at El Mamey, we had lunch. In the village, we ate lunch in restaurants of the peasant community. There you can leave the luggage you do not need for the trek, it is free of charge and safe. You can pick up your luggage on the last day of the tour.

At this time we could get to know our guide better, who gave us more information about the tour and some recommendations.

During the trek, our cook went ahead of us, he must arrive with enough time to prepare our food. In the old days the cook had to carry everything! They even cooked with wood, for which the cook was also responsible to get. For this reason, even today the cook is called porter. Everyday, both the guide and the cook get up early to have everything ready to start the hike between 6 and 7 AM.

The mules on the trail carry the food to each camp and only carry supplies. Since the price is based on the animal carrying several bundles of food, renting a mule to carry just one backpack, is quite expensive.

Staff and communication

Alfredo Campsite - Lost C‫ity
Alfredo camp, one of the campsites where to stay the first day of the tour.

As most guides do not speak English, there is an interpreter who also helps the guide in some cases. For example, if there are tourists who are very far behind, the guide stays with them and the interpreter can go ahead with those who walk faster and do not need as much help.

All camps and companies were connected via walkie-talkie, but since some months ago all camps got internet connection to which staff have access and thus can communicate more quickly and directly with each office in Santa Marta (Tourists have access in two of the three camps).

The staff working on the trail includes people we have not mentioned yet.

At the campsites there are “cabañeros” (managers or owners of the cabin), who manage the accommodations and together with their staff are in charge of organizing and cleaning.

ICANH officials who look after the Lost City ruins, manage the carrying capacity and issue the tickets. In addition, there is a base of the Colombian army in the area.

The last day of the tour

The last day, we end in El Mamey, any extra luggage is picked up at the restaurant where we say goodbye to our adventure with a delicious lunch. A car that is dropping off a group of new trekkers, took us to Santa Marta.

All the people along the Teyuna – Ciudad Perdida trail act as one to make this tour an unforgettable experience. Do not hesitate to book it!

Note: Some details may vary from one tour to another.

One of the things that stand out in the reviews about the Lost City trek is its food, since it is not only delicious but also abundant. If you want to know in advance what awaits you, this is the article you were looking for.

Ingredients used in the kitchens of the Lost City Trail

Below we explain the most common ingredients in the preparations offered in the tour to Ciudad Perdida and explanations about some typical foods.

  • The fruits offered at the stops are generally watermelons and/or oranges. At breakfast the most common are: pineapple, melon and papaya.
  • Arepa: This is a typical food of Colombian and Venezuelan cuisine, made from corn flour. It has a circular and flattened shape.
  • Cheese (Queso costeño): It is a low humidity and hard cheese. It is characterized by being salty.
  • Ingredients of the soups: Ahuyama, cassava, potato, corn, cooking banana. Vegetables such as onions, coriander.
  • Protein: Beef, chicken, fish, tuna, chorizo. (Pork is not offered).

Breakfast

Breakfast (Bread, cheese, eggs, fruit)
Breakfast

In each camp the work starts quite early and a good coffee cannot be required. So you can start the morning with your coffee while you finish getting ready for the hike.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if it is for such a demanding hike much more! For this reason breakfast should provide the necessary nutrients and energy. Generally, breakfast will be a simple but generous portion of bread, eggs and/or cheese and fruit. In some cases the bread can be replaced by arepas. This breakfast can be accompanied by a good hot chocolate.

Lunch

Lost City Lunch - Rice grilled chicken salad and soup of vegetables
Lunch

In Colombia a typical lunch includes rice, meat, vegetables, salad and soup. Lunch can be a combination of the usual rice, with beef, chicken or fish. Beans or lentils, some salad and soup.

Soups are usually just vegetables and tubers, so they are suitable for vegetarians too.

Snacks in Lost City
Served! The snacks in Lost City

Snacks

The guide will offer snacks which are usually cookies, chocolates or other. In Ciudad Perdida a variety of snacks are offered that can include chips, popcorn, fruit, cookies, snack (a type of guava candy), etc.

Dinner

Dinner is similar to lunch. It can be rice with vegetables or rice accompanied by some variety of salad and beef.

Common questions about food

Can I have vegetarian or vegan meals during the Lost City trek?

Our cooks have the training to prepare vegetarian or vegan meals and will be happy to consider your request. (During the booking process, we will inquire about your food preferences or restrictions in order to prepare your meals according to your specifications).

If I have food allergies or special dietary requirements, can you handle them?

These cases are frequent. So, our cooks will also be ready to strictly follow your instructions. During the booking process we will need you to tell us the severity of the allergy, a detailed list of the foods you are allergic to and what type of medication you will bring with you, in case of an emergency. If your allergy is very severe, it will be better if you come with someone trained in attending any unforeseen event.

Do you provide water during the trek to Ciudad Perdida?

You can refill your bottle or camelbak at each campsite. Just bring it full of water on the first day of the tour. We take the water from pure water sources and then filter it, so it is not necessary to bring pills or drops to purify the water. We recommend being reasonable with the amount of water you will carry during the tour as you will be carrying your backpack all the time. Keep in mind what to bring and what not to bring for the Ciudad Perdida tour.

Evidently, you will eat like an ancient Tayrona leader, so you can have the enough energy to live this challenging experience.

Mega Sierra Tour runs daily departures to the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), come and see why we are a different company. Do not hesitate to visit this historical site with us!

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).*

Precipitation and weather Tayrona Park
Annual Precipitation and temperature.

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.

Flow of People 2018 - 2019 - Lost City trek
Flow of People 2018 – 2019 – Lost City trek

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.

We could answer inmediately with a resounding yes, but we are a company that offers the tour so, you would think we only want to sell you something. That is why we want you to show the answers of travel bloggers that have done the trek in the last 3 years. What we did is simple: We have collected their answers and put them on the same place, so you can compare them and conclude by yourself if the Lost City trek is worth the money. As we want to be as fair and transparent as possible, these blogger have done the trek with different companies. We are focusing on the destination itself. So, let’s start!

What travel bloggers tell you about the Lost City trek

“… when I found out about the Lost City trek & the journey involved, my heart leapt at the prospect of such a mysterious escapade. It’s been on my radar for years, and after finally doing it the other week, I can say it’s even better than I thought it would be.”

Ford, Where’s the gringo

 

“It’s a tough but rewarding journey. After all, like all great treks, it’s not just about the end destination. The entire trip has a lot to offer and you’ll be in awe of your surroundings from start to finish. It’s definitely something to add to your bucket list.”

Juan Martínez, Traveler’s buddy

 

“If being hot, fatigued, sweaty, dirty, and bug-bitten is a suitable trade-off for you in exchange for incredible landscapes and ancient ruins, then you’ll find this hike well worth it (we certainly did!).”

Jen Avery, Thrifty Nomads

 

“Overall, the Lost City Trek was a tough hike, but it was definitely worth it to see more of the Colombian jungle and the remnants of the Ciudad Perdida.”

Claire, Tales of a backpacker

 

“Most hikers are not that experienced, they just see this as a cool challenge. So you don’t have to be experienced at all. If you like to hike, just do it! You won’t regret it, I promise you.”

Maaike Lut, Travel a lut

 

“You might be asking yourself, ‘Is the Lost City trek worth it?’ and our answer is “YES!” It’s a unique hike that allows you to experience the natural beauty of the region as well as immerse yourself in the history of the area.”

Oksana and Max, Drink tea and travel

 

And your conclusion is…

Whether you are deciding to start this adventure or you just booked it and need an extra confirmation you have made a good decision, we are sure the experience of these travelers will be very helpful. As shown, what you have to consider the most is the effort required by the trek and the toughness of the jungle. We have dedicated an article to see all the factors that can help you to determine the level of hardness of the Lost City trek and show you if the trek is for you, do not hesitate to check it out. Now it’s time to live the Lost City Trek experience by yourself and write your own review! It will not be much different from those seen here!