Hiking ‘La Ciudad Perdida’ is good old-fashioned adventure at it’s very best—there’ll be mud, sweat, rivers, steep slopes awesome landscapes and scorching sun as you journey deep into the Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta Mountains in search of this mysterious city.
Challenging and rewarding in equal measures hiking The Lost City is something that will stay with you long after you get home.
You may also find yourself telling your boss you’re “just heading out for a pineapple pit stop” when you’re back at work…
Santa Marta, SMR (Simon Bolivar International)
Lunch n’ swim spots. Pineapple pit stops. Candlelit jungle dinners. Early mornings. Group camaraderie. The best coconut lemonade, limonada de coco in the world.
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This vegan-friendly holiday is perfect for:
After you’ve settled into the joining hotel, it’s time to explore. You’ll soon discover that the recently spruced-up old part of the city just behind the hotel has a fun mix of cool coffee shops, hip bars, and traditional Colombian eateries sit next to hip European style restaurants, just take your pick.
Adventurers, explorers and nature lovers have been drawn to Colombia for many years and over the course of the next week, you’ll find out why.
There will be an early evening ‘meet and greet’ with your Vegan Adventure Holidays trip leader and other members of the group before heading out to in the evening to have dinner and get a taste of local life before getting ready to set out on the Lost City Hike tomorrow morning.
You’ll sit down with your new friends for breakfast ready to load up on healthy carbs and enjoy the quiet before the action begins.
From Santa Marta, you’ll take a two-hour jeep ride to the small village of El Mamey where you’ll have lunch and briefing with your local guide about what to expect over the next 4 days. Around 1 pm you’ll set off on a hike of around 7 kilometers and trek through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities.
The terrain is steep but there will be a watermelon and pineapple pit stop halfway to keep your energy levels up.
You’ll get to camp this evening at around 6 pm and have well-deserved dinner of rice, plantain, and black beans before settling down into hammocks for the night.
You’ll be up early and ready for breakfast of fresh fruit, Colombian bread, coffee and hot chocolate before starting to walk by the Buritaca river, the houses you see make up part of the Kogi indigenous village of Mutanashi.
The first half of today’s trek is a tough one but you’ll be heavily rewarded later in the day as the descent passes through pleasing landscapes and other small local Kogui villages.
You’ll have a well-deserved lunch break to swim in the river and relax before continuing on for another steep ascent, a couple of river crossings and incredible scenery before arriving at camp late afternoon.
An early start as you set off on the 11-kilometer trek for La Ciudad Perdida but not before walking up 1200 stone steps!
When you reach the Lost City you’ll have time to explore the site, learn about the history from your local guide and just enjoy the moment. Later you’ll head back to camp 2 to have dinner and spend the night.
Today you’ll backtrack your way out of the jungle and head back towards to El Mamey covering around 14 kilometers. There will be some long ascents and descents before a celebratory lunch at El Mamey and later a two-hour jeep ride back to Santa Marta.
You did it!
No early breakfasts this morning! You can decide whether to spend your last day on the beach or if you’ve got enough energy you could head out to the Tayrona National Park, the choice is yours.
This adventure comes to an end today but the experiences you’ve had will make you ask yourself when the next adventure begins.