Santa Marta is known locally as the “Pearl of America” for its beaches, mountains, forests and others. This attracts many visitors from all over the world, and a destination they cannot miss is the Tayrona National Natural Park. Nonetheless, from some months ago the management of the National Park is passing through a transition that has changed the way you can get the entrance tickets. We bring you an article about where to buy your entrance tickets for Tayrona Park and the entrance fees, so you can save time while planning your visit to this destination.

Tayrona Park Entrance Fee

For buying your tickets you have to take into account two things, age, nationality and tourist season. According to age: children up to 5 years old, older than 5 up to 25 years old, older than 25 years old up to 65, and older than 65 years old. According to nationality: colombians, foreigners that live in Colombia, and foreigners that come from any country that belongs to the CAN (Comunidad Andina de Naciones, those are: Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru) are all in the same category, that we will call here colombians. Foreigners that do not live in Colombia or do not come from Bolivia, Peru or Ecuador are in another category, that we will call here foreigners, for simplicity.

  • Any children (colombian or foreigner) younger than 5 years old does not pay entrance fee.
  • Any adult (colombian or foreigner) older than 65 years old does not pay entrance fee.

Tayrona Park Low Season Entrance fees

  • Colombian (6 – 25 years old): $ 18,500 COP
  • Colombian (25+ years old): $ 25,000 COP
  • Foreigner (6 – 65 years old): $ 55,500 COP

Tayrona Park High Season Entrance fees (1 december to 31 january, 1 june to 1 july, Holy Week, long weekends and from 3 to 12 october)

  • Colombian (6 – 25 years old): $ 21,500 COP
  • Colombian (25+ years old): $ 29,500 COP
  • Foreigner (6 – 65 years old): $ 66,500 COP

A mandatory insurance is required for you to visit the Tayrona National Natural Park

Everybody before entering the National Park needs an insurance policy that covers any accident within the Natural Reserve, and it is mandatory. If you are taking the tour to the Tayrona Park with us, this insurance policy is included. If you buy the entrance tickets by yourself you get the insurance policy right there, but remember it is an extra charge.

Where can you buy entrance tickets for Tayrona National Natural Park?

Up to this date, the only way to buy tickets is at the entrance ticket offices located in each sector of the Tayrona Park open to the public: Zaino, which is the entrance to visit Cabo San Juan del Guía beach and Palangana, the entrance to Neguanje beach and Playa Cristal.

What about to buy the entrance tickets for Tayrona Park online?

From March the 1st on there is no way to buy the tickets online, as it was done a couple of months ago. We will update this information as soon as you can do the purchase online.

Operating hours of the Tayrona Park and closures in 2020

The Tayrona Park operates 9 hours, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, everyday. Which means the ticket office is accepting people entering or leaving the park between this span of time. When you return from Cabo San Juan del Guía, we recommend you to do it before 2:30 pm, that way you have enough time to leave the park before they close. Remember the hiking takes 2 hours approximately, from one point to another.

The Tayrona Park has three closures in 2020: 1st – 29th February, 1st – 15th June, 19th October – 2nd November. If you are doing the Lost City trek in those days remember the closure of the Tayrona Park does not affect the operation of the Lost City.

The beaches of the Tayrona Park are great destinations to see in Colombia do not miss the opportunity to enjoy them. We hope this information can help you to set a budget and plan your trip to the Tayrona Park. In case you want to visit these beaches in a hassle-free plan, Mega Sierra Tour can be in charge of all the logistics, tours to Playa Cristal and the Tayrona beach of Cabo San Juan del Guía are waiting for you!


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!

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 (Bread, cheese, eggs, fruit)

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.


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

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


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 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.

natural soap Mega Sierra Tour
The package of the natural soaps are made of renewable materials.

Mega Sierra Tour takes pride in providing tours with the goal of improving the lives of the communities of the region. But we have a commitment with our customers and the environment too. Talking about this should not be limited to simple words written somewhere, but actions, whether they are small or big ones.

We make some improvements that continually show to our customers, our commitment with them and the land we are preserving. In this article, we will mention our recent changes that will enhance your appreciation for what happens behind the Lost City trek by Mega Sierra Tour.

Our contribution to the health of our rivers and streams

Any human activity impacts in any way the environment, and tourism is not the exception. For example, all the personal care stuff we use have chemicals that unavoidably end in our streams. We are so conscious of this, for that reason, Mega Sierra Tour is including natural soaps in the tour as a gift for our customers. They are made of coca leaves or organic coffee, in a way they will not pollute our streams. These soaps not only are made of natural products connected with the Sierra Nevada and our native communities they are our contribution to the health of our rivers and a ecological present to whom is choosing us.

Our contribution to the farmers of the region and the improvements of the food you eat

The area where the tour happens is a fertile area where most farmers cultivate mainly for their own. Nonetheless, many of them produce enough to sell to others. As they are not producing food on a large scale, many of these products are organic.

We saw many of these products could be used as ingredients in the kitchens of the Lost City trail. That way we would provide more organic food to the tourists while we do our contribution to the communities as well. In january 2020, we started changing some ingredients and providing new recipes to the tourists. So, now we have a healthier and more varied offer. This change has been progressive and slow, but we are happy with the results obtained: the food continues to be as delicious as always, but less repetitive. Variety is the spice of life!

Our contribution to a well informed tourist

The latest efforts of Mega Sierra Tour include to provide better information to the tourists and our commercial allies. In our blog you will not only find updated information but also the most accurate it could be. For example, our announcement about the cancellation of the 3-day Lost City Trek was one of the most read articles, and believe it or not, up to this date, there are Lost City tour operators still offering a tour they cannot sell anymore! On the other hand, outdated blog articles claim things like: You will be totally offline while doing the trek, give you a wrong price, the transportation used is a “chiva” bus (a typical colorful bus in Colombia), or the tour is not provided in English. The truth is: Most campsites have internet connection (you need to pay a small fee to have access), the price in 2020 is $ 1,150,000 COP, the car used is an air-conditioned 4×4 one, and all the companies provide Spanish/English translators.

Stream Lost City trail
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”

In our article about why you should do the Lost City trek with Mega Sierra we provide you reasons about why we are a different company and the experience we provide is quite better than others. We hope you can see what makes our company reliable, quality of service focused, and of course, our commitment to the environment and you.


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!

The difficulty level of the Lost City trek ranges from moderate to difficult. Factors as weather (rainy vs dry season) and your condition of fitness, vary the perception of difficulty. Basically the tour is suitable for most people provided that they do not have any health issue. Let us explain you how we can rate this trek considering different factors, so, you can be prepared for it.

Wet clay-like soil
You will be literally walking on clay.

The Lost City Trek, for everyone?

As we have pointed out in our article about safety in the Lost City Trek, there are health issues you have to take into account while deciding taking the trek. But in general, even people with a sedentary lifestyle can finish the trek satisfactorily. In these cases we recommend to take the 5 days trek. The difference between the 4 day and 5 day tour to the Lost City is not so significant (for a trekker) and can take you one more day of your holidays, but enough to let you finish it without being extremely tired.

Of course, there are other reasons that can help you determine if this trek is for you or not: if you do not want to be surrounded by the lushness of a rainforest, be exposed to annoying bugs or other small discomforts, you have 2 options: Take the trek to overcome these challenges 💪 or stay in a safer place 👎. In this article we will focus on the physical effort required by this trek and the factors that make it more or less difficult.

The terrain of the Ciudad Perdida – Teyuna Trail

The terrain varies across the trail from a clay-like to a rocky soil. The tight clay when wet can be slippery but the muddy ground can be heavy instead. Fortunately, as you can see, most of the trail can be walked with confidence… as long as it is dry.

Altitude and distances of the 4-day Lost City tour
The distances may vary depending on the camp selected by the guide for each day.

How long is the Lost City trek?

In total, the round-trip Lost City trek is about 48 km (29.8 mi) long. Which means to arrive to the Lost City Archaeological Site from the starting point, it is about 24 km (14.9 mi) long. For the common 4-day Lost City trek the distances are: the first day, 8 km; the second day, 14 km; the third day, 13 km, and the fourth day 13 km, (The distances here are rounded approximations, the distance for each day depends on the campsite choosen by the guide).

Does the Ciudad Perdida trail passes through rivers you will have to cross?

Yes, you will have to cross some rivers using bridges. But there is one exception, the third day you will have to cross a river by foot twice (once, going to the Lost City and the other when returning). Most people just take off their shoes and cross it barefoot. Be careful because the river bed is pebbly. Tie your shoes to your backpack and cross the river with both hands free, this will help to keep your balance better. A good option is to bring water shoes and wear them here, or if you prefer, wear hiking sandals (we recommend to keep your foot totally covered, but it is up to you).

Lost City trail elevation

The starting point (El Mamey) is at 140 m (459 ft) above sea level. The highest point is in Lost City, at 1,200 m (3,937 mi) above sea level. Forget about any altitude sickness issue or freezing cold, on the contrary, there is a lot of humidity and the weather is hot.

If you see the elevation profile map, you will see the steeper sections: The first day, the first 5 km (3 mi) have an elevation gain of 500 m (1,640 ft). From the first day on, none of these parts exceed an elevation gain of 370 m (1,213 mi) in a 2 km (1.2 mi) long section each.

Section of the Lost City TrailFitness level

If you have a sedentary lifestyle or work out rarely, the Lost City trek will be really challenging. But do not worry if you find yourself there walking slowly, your tour guide will keep an eye on you and will help you if you need it, that is one of the advantages of the Lost City tour small groups of Mega Sierra Tour. On the other hand, if this is not the first trek you take, you work out frequently or by no known reasons you enjoy an enviable health despite doing nothing, the Lost City trek will be an adventure in the jungle where you will have the chance to work out and breath pure air at the same time. If you are a high performance athlete, it will be a walk in the park.

Despite your fitness level, you know everything worthwhile requires effort, so even tired, you will feel the joy of having lived this amazing experience, the Colombian Lost City adventure.


Although Colombia’s country image has got better in recent years, you could have this concern. And the answer is, the Lost City tour is a pretty safe trek to take. You should not worry about someone jeopardising your physical integrity or causing the loss of your belongings. But as with any adventure of this kind, there are some risks you need to know. This information will allow you to have a safer trek.

Some items in the Paraiso Camp
Most common claimings are related with items left behind in the campsites.

3 Tips for staying safe on your Lost City trek

1. Be aware of any possible limitation for taking the trek to the Lost City

Anyone in good physical condition can take the tour, a preparation before taking it is recommended but not required, after all you do not need to have a high level of fitness to complete the Lost City trek satisfactorily. Even though there are some limitations you have to take into account: Pregnancy, injuries, breathing, heart or gastric problems, among others. You will see, most of them are common sense. You have to be reasonable, remember you could put yourself or others at risk.

2. Leave the valuables in a safe place and keep an eye on your belongings

As we stated before, unsafe issues in the Ciudad Perdida – Teyuna Trail are near to zero. But that does not mean you can not lose an object of value along the way. It is very rare for it to happen, our experience has shown us the main reason of loss is neglect: Items such as clothing, sunglasses, shoes left at some campsite, a cell phone that dropped in the river, just one case of theft within 3 years, and so on. We are all humans and forgetting something is natural. That is why we recommend you to look after your stuff. We have seen people claiming a lost item up to 2 days after the tour is over! Our Lost City trek packing list includes the things you do not need to bring, do not hesitate to check it out.

3. Other simple tips to improve your safety

Taking a picture Lost City trail views
Simple safety tips will help you make the Lost City trek experience more enjoyable.
  • Do not take pictures while walking. Stop, stand in a firm position and shoot.
  • Avoid monkeying around: climbing trees, jumping from high places, doing silly and risky things to show off on social media, etc.
  • Do not stray from the path and follow your tour guide’s instructions.
  • Bring your prescription medicines and take them on time.
  • Let Mega Sierra Tour know about any allergy, health condition, injury or others. So, we can do what is necessary to take care of you.
  • Be specially careful during the rainy season, some parts of the trail can be so slippery.

In conclusion, the Lost City trail is not a dangerous place but following some basic recommendations can improve your experience by keeping you safer.

For this or other concerns please feel free to contact us.

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

4 Day trek to Lost City map
4 Day trek to the Lost City. See it takes you 3 days to get there, that very day you go back, and the fourth day is the end of the adventure.

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).
  • Dinner.

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).
  • Dinner.

Day 3 (Campsite 3 – Lost City – Campsite 2)

One of the views from the Lost City Archaeological park
One of the views from the Lost City Archaeological Park
  • 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).
  • Dinner.

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

  1. Sleeping in bed or hammock is subject to availability.
  2. Departure everyday from each campsite is around 6:00 AM.
  3. Near most camps you can find a river where you can take a dip.
  4. You can drink water, eat some fruit and take time to enjoy the views at the rest-stops along the trail.
  5. 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.

Altitude and distances of the 4-day Lost City tour
The distances may vary depending on the camp selected by the guide each day.

Do not forget to read our Ultimate Packing List for the Lost City trek so you do not miss anything you can need there.

Ready for the adventure? If so, what are you waiting for booking the Lost City tour!


Looking for what is the best option for you between the 4 and 5 day Lost City trek alternatives? Let us answer any doubt you could have about it.

Before starting take into account these points:

  • Your physical condition.
  • You need to carry your stuff on your back.
  • There is only one path to the Lost City, and only one path back from it.

The first three days are exactly the same in both cases

You will arrive in Ciudad Perdida on the third day of your adventure. On the same day you will start your return journey, arriving at the “Mumake” or “Wiwa” camp where you will spend the third night of the trek.

From the fourth day onwards you will see the variation in the four or five day tour.

The difference in the 5 day Lost City tour

Lost City Trail elevation profile and distances

In the 4 day tour, the fourth day is taken to return to the city, in total you will walk 15 km, while in the 5 day tour the trip is divided into two stages, the fourth day you will only walk 8 km to the first camp, where you will have the rest of the afternoon of that day to rest and take a dip in the river if you wish.

On the fifth day you will complete the journey, walking the remaining 7 kilometers to El Mamey from where the car will bring you back to the city.

Some frequent questions

Do I see new things if I take a longer tour?

No. Since it’s the same road back and forth and everything interesting happens in the first three days, we can make sure you will not miss anything just by doing it in less time.

If I book the 5 day tour and I see that I can finish the tour in 4 days, can I make this change after starting the trek?

Yes, it is possible. However, Mega Sierra Tour will not be responsible for any additional expenses you could have because of it, for example when booking accommodation for a date that was not planned in advance.

If I book the 4 day tour and after starting the trek I find it necessary to add one more day, is it possible to make this change?

In this case we regret to tell you that you will have to finish it in the time you booked, as there is already a limitation in the medical assistance policy, so any additional day would leave you without coverage. In these cases of doubt, it is best to book for 5 days and let us know that you could finish the tour a day earlier if you see fit.

Are there any differences in prices, can discounts or increases be applied for booking one or another tour?

No. Both the 4 and 5 day tours have the same price and this is not subject to variations by season or dates of the year, number of people in the group, or others.

We are pleased to help you personally with any additional doubt you could have about this topic, just let us know!


More from Mega Sierra Tour:

Need more precise information? Our detailed 4-day Lost City itinerary and maps article is perfect for you.

Ready for booking? here the links for reserving the 4-day Lost City tour and the 5-day Lost City tour.