The Lost City tour can be a lifechanging experience, we all agree that is a great mix of nature, adventure and culture, but we also know it is a challenging trekking. That is why we want you to know the most precise information about it. In this article, we provide you the Lost City map and other resources to make it as simply as possible.
Note: This article is focused on the 4 day option (the most popular one). If you want to know details about the 5 day tour, we have compared these two options in this post: The difference between the 4 and 5 day tours to the Lost City
Location, altitude and other basic details about the Lost City
The Lost City archaelogical site is located on the north coast of Colombia, South America. It was one of the most important settlements of the ancient Tairona tribe, who built it on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It ranges from 900 m.a.s.l. to 1,200 m.a.s.l., and it is the highest point you will reach during the tour, meaning you will find yourself surrounded by the lushness of a tropical mountainous rainforest all the way long.
Tip: You can see the exact location on Google Maps and also virtual tour the site if you drag and drop the yellow man on it!
Lost City tour itinerary
Day 1 (Santa Marta – El Mamey – Campsite 1)
- Departure from Santa Marta (at 9:30 AM approx. The time can vary, we will let you know any change).
- 2 to 3 Hours in a 4×4 vehicle. The car takes the road to La Guajira and makes a detour passing through La Aguacatera up to El Mamey village.
- Arrival in the village of El Mamey. Lunch
- 4 hours trek to the the first camp. (First camp options: Vista hermosa, Adán or Alfredo).
Day 2 (Campsite 1 – Mutanyi – Campsite 3)
- Departure from camp 1.
- 3 and a half hours trek to the second camp. Lunch at the camp.
- This day you will pass near Mutanyi. A village that belongs to the Kogui community.
- 4 hour trek to camp 3 (Third camp options: Lorenzo or Paraíso).
Day 3 (Campsite 3 – Lost City – Campsite 2)
- Departure from camp 3.
- 1 hour trek to Lost City.
- 3 to 4 hours tour to explore archaelogical, ethnological and historical zone of Lost City.
- Return to camp 3. Lunch.
- Departure from camp 3 to camp 2 (Second camp options: Mumake or Wiwa).
Day 4 (Campsite 2 – El Mamey – Santa Marta)
- Departure from camp 2.
- 7 to 8 hours walk to El Mamey.
- Lunch in El Mamey.
- 2 to 3 hours in a 4×4 vehicle to return to Santa Marta.
5 Things you must know
- Sleeping in bed or hammock is subject to availability.
- Departure everyday from each campsite is around 6:00 AM.
- Near most camps you can find a river where you can take a dip.
- You can drink water, eat some fruit and take time to enjoy the views at the rest-stops along the trail.
- The food provided takes into account your preferences or restrictions.
Altitude and distances covered during the tour
The graphic below let you see a cross section of the trail, the location of the campsites and others reference points.
Do not forget to read our Ultimate Packing List for the Lost City trek so you do not miss anything you can need there.
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