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!

Surely, you will agree with us, that you cannot photograph whatever you would want while traveling, there are privacy, copyright and/or security issues. But talking about the lost city, are there any limitations on the pictures you can take there?

The answer is yes, but it is a matter of the native’s privacy. Here we tell you all you need to know before shooting your camera.

1. Do not take any photos of the natives without their authorization

This is a basic rule, before taking any photo of the indigenous, please ask your guide if it is possible to do it, he can talk to them and get their permission, in most cases they will accept.

2. Photos of children are totally forbidden

The reason is you need permission from their parents, but in most cases the kids are playing outdoor and their parents are not right there. It happened tourists did not have the chance to get their permission and just photographed them freely. Now to avoid any inconveniences they have prohibited taking pictures of children.

3. Aerial footage by drones are limited just to some areas

Specifically, the area that belongs to the peasant community and the Lost City Archaeological Park Area, in other words, you cannot fly a drone over the indigenous reserve area, which means you cannot get any footage of the Mutanyi village, nor any house that belongs to the indigenous community. If you bring a drone, the guide will let you know where you can fly it or not, but just to remark, the Lost City and its surroundings can be recorded using drones and/or other devices, the only points where it is not allowed to do it, are any within the indigenous reserve area.

Respectfully…

The main thing to keep in mind is these communities are sharing their space with us, and we can enjoy this adventure and respect their privacy at a time. An analogy that can help you understand this point of view, is imagining somebody in your neighborhood flying a drone over your yard, or even worst, in your living room! (As it happened in a native’s home) or just taking photos of your children without you even knowing it! In Mega Sierra Tour we are commited to the development of the communities, that is why we believe the first step is having a deep respect for them while working hand in hand.

Even when we are sharing these rules with everyone, you can find online footage that do not comply with them since they started recently, or see some tourists breaking them (because they ignore them or just do not care). The point is you can commit too with the essence of responsible and community tourism while having a lifechanging experience!