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Colombia

Lost City Trekking Trip

Everyone wants to visit an undiscovered region before it becomes a hotbed of tourism. Trek the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) at Teyuna, and have that wish come true. Get firsthand knowledge of the area’s unique culture with an Indigenous guide and an English-speaking CEO accompanying you the entire way. Together, trek through lush jungles and across streams before stopping at an Indigenous village for a G Adventures for Good-supported community lunch. Arrive at Teyuna and explore the uncrowded ruins at leisure, marveling at what would have been here in years gone by. Say you got here first and had the Lost City all to yourself.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Active -Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level: Basic - Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 5 - Challenging - Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

Trip Type: Small Group - Small group experience; Max 16

Day 1 Santa Marta

Arrive at any time.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group - Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travelers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterward. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

Optional Activities

Gold Museum Santa Marta - Santa Marta,Free

Explore the colonial mansion that houses indigenous artifacts from the Tayrona area including an impressive gold collection.

Quinta San Pedro Alejandrino - Santa Marta,21000COP per person

Visit Simon Bolivar's final resting place, la Quinta is the estate where the famous libertador spent his final days. The former rum plantation now includes a restored house, museum, library, and extensive gardens perfect for exploring.

Day 2 Santa Marta/Ricardito Camp

Transfer to Machete Pelao, where the trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Lost City Trek - Day 1

Machete Pelao – Wiwa Camp 9h-10h 14km

Leave Machete Pelao and start trekking through the jungle along the Buritaca River. Pass by farmland and get a glimpse into daily life in the small communities en route to the lunch stop. After lunch, trek alongside the Buritaca River and pass through more farmland used for growing coffee or raising cattle. Climbing on this part of the trek can be challenging as the route progresses uphill from the riverbed and through the humid jungle. Take a look at the unique, circular huts that make up some of the Kogi villages in the area. Once you make it to the camp, cool off with a swim in the river before dinner. Unwind at camp with a dip in the natural swimming pools or take a nap in a hammock.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp

Venture further into the lush jungle en route to Ciudad Perdida. Be prepared – today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep views. Arrive at the campsite in the afternoon for some much-needed relaxation by the river.

Lost City Trek - Day 2
Wiwa Camp – Teyuna Paraiso Camp7h-8h 10km

In the morning the route continues along the river before moving into a steep incline. If the group wants a break, take the opportunity to jump in the river and cool off. Trekkers should drink a lot of water today, especially if the weather is hot and humid. There are some points where the hike passes narrow ledges that can present a challenge for anyone who is not too steady on their feet. Arrive at the Teyuna Paraiso campsite around mid-afternoon.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp

Get started early to climb the 1,200 steps up to the Lost City. The view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains makes it well worth the hike. Explore the Lost City and learn what is known of its origins from the indigenous guide, before making the descent back to Wiwa Camp for the night.

Lost City Trek - Day 3
Teyuna Paraiso Camp – Wiwa Camp 8h-9h 10km

The once-forgotten city is only an hour away and to get there you must climb the 1,200 steps built by the ancient Tayrona people. This is a very steep climb, but the rewards of the climb are more than worth it. Once at the site, the guide will explain the history of the Lost City and what is known of its origins. It is estimated that only 10% of the site has been discovered. Head back to the campsite for lunch and a swim before beginning the trek back the way you came to Wiwa Camp. Most of the trek today is downhill which can be hard on the knees, a walking stick might be useful.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 Wiwa Camp /Ricardito Camp

Follow the path back through the deep jungle, wind through banana trees, cacao plants and small Kogi communities on the way to Ricardito Camp. The nickname for this camp is vista Hermosa or beautiful views, sit back and soak them in.

Lost City Trek - Day 4
Wiwa Camp – Ricardito Camp3h-4h 7km

Head back along the same path through the dense green jungle, pass by banana trees, Kogi communities, and grasslands. Stop at Adán Camp for a dip in the cool river or a fresh fruit juice. If Adán himself is around, make sure to listen to his stories of looting and drug labs of days past. Continue uphill to reach Ricardito Camp, known locally as vista Hermosa or beautiful view, sit back and soak them in. If the weather is right, sunsets and sunrises here are not to be missed.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 Santa Marta

Head across grassy hills and gentle streams to reach the Gotshezhy Wiwa indigenous community. Enjoy a G Adventures-supported lunch prepared by women from the community. Learn about Wiwa customs on a village visit and then lounge in a hammock by the river or opt to explore nearby waterfalls. In the afternoon, return to Santa Marta for a well deserved night in a hotel.

Lost City Trek - Day 5
Ricardito Camp – Gotshezhy Village 4h-5h 10km

Get an early start to beat the heat and head out across undulating grassy hills. The terrain today is up and down, enjoy the last day of the trek meandering across the hills passing local homes and descending down to gentle streams on the way to Gotshezhy community.

Accommodation

Hotel Tayromar (or similar)Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7 Santa Marta

Depart at any time.

Departure Day -Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Optional Activities

Gold Museum Santa Marta - Santa Marta, Free

Explore the colonial mansion that houses indigenous artifacts from the Tayrona area including an impressive gold collection.

Quinta San Pedro Alejandrino, Santa Marta,21000COP per person

Visit Simon Bolivar's final resting place, La Quinta is the estate where the famous Libertador spent his final days. The former rum plantation now includes a restored house, museum, library, and extensive gardens perfect for exploring.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, Indigenous Kogi or Wiwa local guides.

Pricing

Price: $899

Deposit: $350, Deposit Due Date: Sept 28, G-Adventures will contact you about payment.

RSVP fee: $25 refundable deposit for those who went to the Trip. After the Trip, we will make this amount to BCO Credits and you can use it for pre-paying BCO Events.

What's Included

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group, Santa Marta. Trek to the Lost City with an Indigenous guide (5 days). Guided tour of the Lost City. Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. On trek in Colombia, the food is plentiful and designed to give you the best possible fuel to walk each day. Meals are prepared by a cook who accompanies each group on the hike. Typical breakfast includes juice, eggs, coffee or hot chocolate, fresh fruit. A common lunch would be chicken/fish with rice and juice. Dinner will usually include meat, chicken or fish, with rice, vegetables and a sweet or chocolate for dessert.

Transport

4x4, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels (2 nts), camping (4 nts hammocks/rustic bunks).

About Accommodation

Accommodation on the Lost City trek varies from day today. In the campsites, the majority of the accommodation is in hammocks or bunks, with a mosquito net for cover. In the campsites, there are cold showers, flushing toilets, and seating areas. Some of the campsites have lighting and power sockets, although these are not always guaranteed to be available. Because of the humidity, we do not suggest bringing a sleeping bag, as it would be too hot. Recommended is a sleeping sheet or a sleeping bag liner that can provide a level of comfort at higher temperatures.

Cancellation Policy

* Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure = Loss of deposit
* Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% loss
* Cancellation within 30 days of departure = 100% loss 

Important Notes

Hiking days are between 4-6 hours a day, and the highest altitude reached is 1,200 m (3,937 ft) at the Lost City itself. The humidity and the heat makes the trek challenging. Throughout the year the temperature is generally between 35-45 degrees, and there can be heavy rain and muddy conditions.

Along the trek, you will be required to carry your own gear. We recommend not carrying more than is necessary for the route. One or two changes of clothes are enough to give you a change for each day on the trek. Please bring a bag that is sufficient in size to carry what you might need. It is possible to hire a mule to carry equipment for the trek, at a cost of 40-50USD per day.

As the majority of this trek is through the jungle, please be aware of the presence of mosquitos and other bugs. We highly recommend bringing some form of insect repellent. While the campsites have mosquito nets over the beds and hammocks, mosquitos can be unavoidable at times. A sleep sheet can help to prevent bug bites at night as well.

Visas and Entry Requirements

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.

Upon entering Colombia, officials will issue you a “platinum card” (tiquete platinum). You must keep this card and show it upon leaving Colombia.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

  

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Event Summary: Everyone wants to visit an undiscovered region before it becomes a hotbed of tourism. Trek the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) at Teyuna, and have that wish come true. Get firsthand knowledge of the area’s unique culture with an Indigenous guide and an English-speaking CEO accompanying you the entire way. Together, trek through lush jungles and across streams before stopping at an Indigenous village for a G Adventures for Good-supported community lunch. Arrive at Teyuna and explore the uncrowded ruins at leisure, marvelling at what would have been here in years gone by. Say you got here first and had the Lost City all to yourself.
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Members: 15 Max Attendance: 8
Guests: 0 Spots Available: 0
Total Attendance: 15    
Overnight: Yes Kid Friendly: No
Skill Level: Moderate / Difficult Dog Friendly: No

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