If you are looking for an authentic and unique experience in Colombia,
You cannot miss the opportunity to venture into the Lost City, an ancient enclave of the Tayrona culture hidden in the jungle of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This exciting journey takes you through nature trails, meandering rivers and majestic waterfalls. The true magic lies in the fact that this adventure is enriched by indigenous guides, who will share their culture, history and worldview with you.
Discover the Lost City and its History Immerse yourself in the ruins of the Lost City, a city built by the Tayronas between the 8th and 14th centuries. This political, economic and religious center housed around 2,000 people and is made up of more than 200 terraces, stairways, paths and canals adapted to the mountainous terrain.
The Lost City was abandoned after the arrival of the Spanish, remaining hidden until 1972 when guaqueros (treasure hunters) discovered it.
However, in 1976, the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH) began its recovery and protection, culminating in its declaration as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.
The Route to the Lost City Your journey to the Lost City covers around 46 kilometers (round trip), which can be covered in four, five or six days, depending on your pace and physical condition. The starting point is the town of Macheté Pelao, about 40 minutes by car from Santa Marta. The tour ends at the same point.
This expedition takes you through diverse ecosystems, from dry forests to lush humid jungles. Along the way, you will witness spectacular landscapes, such as the Buritaca River valley, the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, and the captivating waterfalls of the Gaira River. In addition, you will have the privilege of interacting with local indigenous communities, including the Koguis and Wiwas, direct descendants of the Tayronas.
Enrich your Adventure with Indigenous Guides The most authentic way to explore the Lost City is accompanied by indigenous guides from local communities.
These guides will give you an in-depth and unique perspective of the Lost City and its significance in their culture. Through his teachings, you will learn about their traditions, beliefs, and special relationship with nature.
The indigenous guides are experts who know the region, providing security and confidence throughout the journey. They will share with you their rituals and ceremonies, such as the tribute to Mother Earth and the purifying bath in the river before entering the Lost City. In this way, you will develop an intimate connection with this sacred place and treat it with the respect it deserves.
Preparations for your Adventure Before embarking on the trek to the Lost City
It is essential that you maintain a good physical condition, since this demanding route involves ascents and descents, river crossings and walks in the sun and rain. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing suitable for the tropical climate, including long pants, long-sleeved shirts, closed-toe shoes, a hat or cap, a raincoat, and a swimsuit.
Also, pack a compact backpack with essentials, such as water, sunscreen, insect repellent, flashlight, and camera. You will be surrounded by the majesty of nature and the cultural richness of the region, so get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the Lost City.
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