How to get to the Lost City? Machu Picchu of Colombia

Let’s start to give you a clear idea of how to get to the Lost City in Colombia and how you can make this magical Adventure trek within the many things what to do in Santa Marta .
There is no doubt that the Lost City (Teyuna) It is an archaeological tourist destination very similar to the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru and that you must visit in your trip to Colombia .
It is that you do not always have the opportunity to make an excursion in the jungles of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta from the hand of native indigenous guides , making crossings through mountainous trails, mighty rivers and most importantly, getting to know the culture of the indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta .


Where is the Lost City Tayrona?

The Lost City Tayrona (Teyuna) , also known as the Teyuna Archaeological Park , represents archaeological ruins of an ancient indigenous civilization from many years ago, called the Indigenous Tayronas, a town from which four indigenous communities descend today: The Koguis, The Wiwas, The Arhuacos and the Kankuamos in charge of the sustainability and spiritual maintenance of all the ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Taking into account that the Lost City was an ancient indigenous civilization full of myths and legends, called Teyuna and that it is located in the jungles of La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta at about 1200 meters above sea level, we can affirm that the only way to connect with our Ancestral destination is by means of an Excursion (Walk or Trek) through rainforest trails, mountain trails and river crossings.
The Trek to Lost City It is partly a journey through peasant territories and territories of native indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.


What is the best travel agency to go to the Lost City?

There are several agencies that offer the Lost City Tour , all operate with traditional tour guides except for Wiwa Tours , which is the only agency that operates with native indigenous guides, direct descendants of the ancient Tayrona.
The Adventure Trek to the Lost City It is much more enjoyed by the hand of the native indigenous guides who will make you live a unique experience.
Indigenous guides are people who all their lives have traveled the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and thanks to their culture, they have very important ancestral knowledge.


Main Features of the Tour to the Lost City

The Tour to the Lost City Tayrona it is divided or segmented by several camps, strategically located throughout the trail.
As the adventurers advance in the Trek, they will spend the night in the camps, in addition to stocking up with water, eating and resting a little from the fatigue of the trek, in some of them you will have accommodation in cabins or in hammocks depending on the season.


Camps available on the trail to Ciudad Perdida:

  • Vista Hermosa Cabin – 600 masl
  • Adam Cabin – 450 masl
  • Wiwa Cabin – 470 masl
  • Paso Lorenzo Cabin – 830 masl
  • Paraíso Teyuna Cabin – 830 masl


The total distance from the beginning of the walk (Mamey) to reaching the Lost City Tayrona and return again to Mamey, it consists of approximately 60 km.
As a recommendation, it is very important to warm up your muscles before starting any walk, since any tears or cramps during the tour would be a problem, causing your experience to be very unpleasant.


Remember that there is an additional service of transporting suitcases from camp to camp. A heavy suitcase is uncomfortable and somewhat hot when walking on steep trails, that’s why this local mule luggage transport service, so you can walk lightly on the trails without any weight affecting you.


How long does it take to go to the Lost City?

Well, you already know how to get to the Lost City. Now you should know that there are two options or ways to make this excursion to the Lost City.

4-day tour to the Lost City
5 days tour to the Lost City


First, we are going to tell you the difference between the 2 options.
The intensity per day is different, the same as you travel in 4 days you can do it in 5 days, we can affirm that the 5-day Trek is less physically demanding.

What to bring to the Lost City?


Next, we mention the most important things that if or if you should take the Lost City Trek:

  • A small backpack, remember that weight is a determining factor when walking long distances.
  • A 1 liter Bottle of Water, remember that you can recharge it during the passage through the camps that segment the route.
  • Photographic camera, ideal to remember this experience and to show others your trip.
  • Comfortable clothes for walking on ecological trails.
  • Water resistant sandals to cross the rivers that cross the trail.
  • Several pairs of socks, you will need them since the humidity does not let you dry the socks quickly.
  • Walking shoes, during this Trek some trails are somewhat muddy and with slippery mud, so Trek shoes are very important.
  • Hat or cap, to protect us from the sun.
  • Bio-repellent, very important because there is a constant presence of insects and mosquitoes.
  • Sunscreen, to protect us from UV rays.
  • Cleaning supplies, it is recommended to bring Biodegradable products to protect the environment and support sustainable tourism.
  • A Flashlight, so that you can move around comfortably at night.
  • Swimsuit, to enjoy the crystalline rivers of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
  • Plastic bags for humidity, it is very likely that you will find yourself with rain and this bag will keep your bag dry.
  • Personal medicines, if you have any medical treatment it is important that you take them.

Now if we go in search of the lost city, Our Native Indigenous guides will help you and will guide you all the time…

How to go to Ciudad Perdida with Wiwa Tours !!

Day 1 – Beginning of the Adventure, Ecological Trek, Cabaña Vista Hermosa – Peasant Territories of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta


During the first day, all travelers are waiting to meet the indigenous guide or indigenous guides who will take them to venture into the Sierra Nevada jungle in search of the Lost City .
Important information will be shared by the indigenous guide at the induction of the Trek to Lost City The tour starts very early at the Wiwa Tours main office and a 4×4 truck takes the adventurers to Mamey (Peasant Territory).


After lunch the adventurers get ready to start the walk along an ecological path where they will find majestic landscapes full of vegetation typical of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.


The indigenous guide takes advantage of any pause or rest in the Trek, to give directions and check the status of the hikers.


Practically the walk on this day is somewhat gentle compared to the following days, the journey runs through steep trails that cross the peasant territories of the region.
Hikers can take pictures of special places and natural settings full of life and vegetation.


After approximately 5 hours of walking along rocky trails and in some somewhat muddy section, you will be arriving at the first camp ( Vista Hermosa Cabin ) where they can rest and have a cup of coffee or chocolate before going to bed.
As a recommendation before going to rest, be attentive to the guide’s instructions, he almost always informs travelers of the next day’s itinerary


Day 2 – In search of the Lost City, Wiwa Cabin, Paso Lorenzo Cabin

On this day they must hydrate and eat very well, since they need extra energy for this long walk, during the journey the hikers will climb uncovered paths full of jungle and vegetation.
Well, the moment of truth has arrived, on this day the adventurers will have a lot of time to meditate as they advance with the walk, but do not worry, all this effort is worth it, I assure you.


When it is noon or earlier, everything depends on the rhythm of the group, the walkers begin to reach the Camp Wiwa , place where you rest a bit to have lunch and immediately continue with the Trek. In this Camp, travelers will have the option of knowing a very beautiful waterfall called Wiwa waterfall , a place where you can cool off and take a delicious bath.


Then after having lunch the adventurers continue with the walk, observing a more pronounced jungle and the weather begins to change, giving us a warning that the Lost City is near.
This section of the trail lasts approximately 4 hours and in my opinion it is the segment of the route that is most demanding since at this point the body begins to feel physical exhaustion, well the adventurers reach the Camp Paso Lorenzo and you begin to feel a cold that tells us that we are very close to our goal.


In this Camp, travelers find accommodation and can enjoy a well-deserved rest.
Before going to bed the indigenous guide will give a very detailed talk about the Lost City Tayrona , its history and the sacred meaning for the native indigenous communities descendants of the ancient Tayrona.


Day 3 – The Lost City Tayrona, Archaeological Ruins of an Ancestral Indigenous Civilization

This day is one of the most important of the excursion, since all the hikers look forward to knowing the archaeological ruins of the Lost City .



The day begins very early and with a lot of motivation on the part of the travelers, the journey of approximately 1 hour of crossing through trails full of jungle begins until reaching the crossing of the Buritaca river .



When all the hikers have crossed the Buritaca river they will be able to see the first stone stairs of these ancient archaeological ruins, they go up 1,200 steps approximately to reach the first terraces of the Lost City Tayrona In this place it is expected that all the travelers of the group are together to follow the protocol of entry to this Archaeological Park.



The admission protocol by Wiwa Tours to the Lost City It is a payment made by our indigenous guides, no agency has this ancestral ritual where all the members of the group plow a small spiritual payment, shedding all negative energies and requesting permission from the ancestral Tayronas, since they are sacred territories.



On this day the adventurers will say “It was worth this personal challenge” to arrive on time to the highest terraces of Teyuna (1200 meters above sea level) and to be able to take the best photographs of the place, it is undoubtedly the best of the trip and if you are lucky you will be able to meet and interact with MAMO ROMUALDO (Spiritual leader of the Kogui culture), this person will see you life from another point of view, since he will advise you to leave bad habits and negative energies and put your spiritual and material life in order.


You will know through the indigenous guide all the history of the Lost City Tayrona and the events that marked the life of one of the most important indigenous civilizations in Colombia.
The relationship that indigenous cultures have with mother nature is spectacular since they protect ecosystems and sustainability within the territories of the region at all costs. Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta .





After the internal tour of approximately 3 hours you will have an unforgettable feeling, you will see that the Lost City of Tayrona is more ancient and magical than you expected.



After performing the Tour in the Lost City They will begin to descend the stone stairs until they reach the Buritaca river, just after they arrive at the Camp Paso Lorenzo , where they will have lunch and almost immediately continue with the descent to Wiwa camp, where they will spend the night.

Day 4 – Return to the city of Santa Marta, meeting again with civilization.


On this day, travelers just want to return to where it all began and rest, they will spend the last effort walking for almost 5 hours approximately on difficult trails, from Camp Wiwa until reaching the point where the Trek to Lost City (Mamey).

If physical exhaustion overcomes you, you have the option of the mule that will allow you to descend comfortably until you reach the Mamey, this option is the one commonly taken by travelers who became ill or had an injury on the way.


Here at the mamey a delicious lunch will be waiting for you and transportation back to Santa Marta, it is here that the experience of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta ends, tired and happy without a doubt the experience is rewarding and will leave a teaching in our hearts.

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