Guide to visit Ciudad Perdida Colombia

Don’t miss this complete guide to visit Ciudad Perdida Colombia. This archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is one of the most important in Colombia and even in South America. The place is completely enchanting and magical. A must for Colombians and visitors alike. During this trip you will enjoy nature, unique landscapes, waterfalls, and rivers. You will also be able to meet the indigenous communities of the area and learn about their knowledge. 

How to get to Ciudad Perdida? 

To get to Ciudad Perdida it is necessary to do it with the authorized agencies for the tour. The tour departs from Santa Marta and is practically all on foot for 4 or 5 days. The two options are the same, the only difference is the pace of the return hike. If you prefer to do it more slowly we recommend doing it in 5 days. 

How many hours do you walk per day? 


The first day you will travel by 4×4 car to the area known as El Mamey. Once there, after lunch, you will hike for about 4 hours to the first camp where you will spend the night. 



On the second day we walk for two hours to the Mutanzi indigenous village. Then about 40 minutes to camp 2, where lunch is taken. Finally in the afternoon you will hike for four hours to Mamo Romualdo’s camp where you will spend the night.




The third day is the big day, you will finally get to know the lost city! From camp 3 you hike for about 1 hour and climb the steps that lead to the archaeological site. Once there you realize that all the effort was worth it. You will have a few hours to tour the site, walk through its terraces, feel the magic that the place transmits and of course take many pictures for the memory. In the afternoon you will walk for about 4 hours until you reach the camp where you will spend the night. 



If you decide to do it in 4 days, the fourth day is a 7 hour hike to the Mamey, in case you do it in 5 days the 4th day you walk 4 hours and the 5th day the remaining 3 hours. 

Remember that throughout the tour you will find beautiful landscapes, rivers where you can take a bath and a variety of flora and fauna. 

What should I bring to the tour? 

In order to make the tour in the most comfortable way we recommend you to bring the following items: 

  • Trekking boots and sandals.
  • Sandals to stay in the camps.
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Bathing suit
  • Personal toiletries (soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Towel
  • Backpack
  • Toilet paper
  • Plastic bag to keep dry clothes separate from wet clothes.
  • If you take medication do not forget to bring it with you.
  • Identification document


Who accompanies the tourists during the tour?

All authorized agencies have guides who accompany the tourists during the whole tour. If you decide to do the tour with MagicTour Colombia, we have local guides who have incredible knowledge about the place and also many years doing this tour. 

We invite you to watch this video of a guide very loved by tourists, who knew the lost city only 3 years after its discovery: Lost City – Ciudad Perdida Trek.

In addition to that, there is a team of porters, cooks and translators who accompany all the logistics of the tour. 

What language can the tour be done? 

All the guides speak Spanish. But in case it is needed, a translator accompanies the tour.  In MagicTour Colombia we have translators in English, French and German. The translator service has no additional cost. 

What is the price of the tour and what does it include?

The lost city tour currently (year 2022) has a price of $1.400.000 COP for the 4-day tour and $1.650.000 for the 5-day tour. It includes transportation from your hotel in Santa Marta, accommodation every night, local guide and translator, all meals and snacks, entrance to the archaeological site, travel insurance and the contribution to the indigenous and peasant communities. 

How to book? 

You can book with us very easily, through our website. You can also call us at (+57) 317 679 2441 – (+57) 314 571 3645, or come to our offices in Santa Marta at Calle 17 No. 3-69 Local 1. 

 What are the accommodations and meals like? 


As mentioned above, each night you will sleep in a camp. In these the accommodation is in hammocks or bunk beds and mosquito nets and blankets are provided. 




As for the meals, they are very delicious traditional meals of the region. Also along the way you will find places where snacks and fruits will be provided. If you are vegetarian you must inform when you make your reservation to adapt the menu to your needs. 

Other things to keep in mind:

  • At this time (2022) you must present a covid 19 vaccination certificate in order to take the tour.
  • On the way there is no cell phone signal, so you will be able to totally disconnect from the world and enjoy the experience!
  • Always have respect for the communities you will meet along the way.
  • Do not litter and take care of the flora and fauna species.

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