Lost City: everything you need to know

Lost City or “Teyuna” is an ancient pre-Colombian city in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.

It is famous for being one of the most important archaeological sites in Colombia and in all of South America. It was built by the Tayrona civilization, which inhabited the region before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. The city was abandoned before the arrival of the European conquerors. It is therefore called “lost” because it was lost in history until its rediscovery in the 1970s.

How to get to the Lost City?

To visit the Lost City, travelers usually embark on a 4 to 5 day hike through the dense jungle of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. During the hike, hikers can explore the archaeological site and learn about the history and culture of the Tayrona people.

It is important to mention that the Lost City is a protected site.  To preserve its historical and cultural integrity must be followed specific regulations. Visitors are required to take the excursion with one of the authorized agencies.

What to do in Lost City?

During the tour you will be able to observe different species of birds, animals, plants, flowers and trees that are important to the indigenous people. In this tour you will meet some of the indigenous people and learn about their history and culture.

You will also enjoy refreshing baths in rivers and waterfalls near the campsites.  The most important thing to do when you start the tour is to connect with nature. Also enjoy the wonders that this incredible jungle has to offer and be impressed by the wonderful architecture of Lost City.

Recommendations Lost City Tour

  • Book in advance with us here.
  • Be physically prepared as the hike is very demanding.
  • Bring a backpack where you can pack only what you need, because the weight could be a problem for walking.
  • Carry cash.
  • Do not take pictures of indigenous people without their authorization
  • Take care of the place, make sure you do not throw garbage.
  • Follow your guide’s instructions

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