The Lost City Adventure


The Lost City Adventure


9 Days / 8 Nights

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The incredible Lost City Reserve is one of the most remote experiences in Colombia. Hidden deep in the Sierra Nevada jungle, the Lost City was built by the Tairona people over 1000 years ago. The only way to arrive at this city is to hike, making it perfect for adventurous nature lovers, winding through banana plantations, dangling vines and through the coffee-growing region. Once a cocaine-producing region, the discovery of the Lost City in 1970, has given the local communities a more legitimate source of income, with tourism to the area on the increase. By travelling to this remote jungle region, you are helping local indigenous people thrive, while you get totally off the beaten track!

Special features of our Lost City Adventure tour: 

Type of Tourism:  Nature, Adventure, Activities, Trekking, Off the beaten track.

Places to Visit:  Santa Marta, Ciudad Perdida, Tayrona, Cartagena

Duration:  9 Days and 8 Nights. 

Type of Service: group tours. 

Accommodation:  3 star hotels wherever available and sleeping in hammocks in the Lost City area. There is no hot water in this remote area and bathrooms are shared. This is an ecological destination, so services are basic yet comfortable, clean and safe.


Today is arrival day from Bogota or another Colombian airport to Santa Marta. We will collect you from the airport and take you to the hotel in Santa Marta.

    Today we will leave the city of Santa Marta, at 9:00 am to take the shuttle service to the town of Machete, to begin our hike to the Lost City. We will hike for approx. 3.5 hours along the spectacular route of the Sierra, the longest in Colombia and one of the most beautiful in the world. After a light lunch beside the River Mamey and then an optional dip in the river to cool off, we will continue on our hike. In the afternoon we will arrive at the first campsite where we will spend the night in hammocks or bunk beds with mosquito ne...

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      Today we will wake up at 7:30 am and after breakfast, we will continue on our way through the Sierra, passing through some native communities inhabited by The Mutanyi and Koguis indigenous people. We can swim in the rivers of the Sierra and then head to the 2nd campsite at Mamo Rumualdo.  In the afternoon, we will visit the village of Koskuguenga for an authentic local experience. We will have dinner and learn more about the indigenous Tayrona Culture in Mamo Rumualdo. Tonight, we will spend another evening in nature, in the com...

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        After breakfast, we will cross the river to one of the most mystical, mysterious, and ancient places on the planet, climbing the 1,183 stairs to the Lost City. We will have a guided tour of this incredible ancient citadel where we will visit its terraces, roads and water channels. We will then return to the campsite at Mamo Rumualdo for the evening. 

          Today we will head out to explore more of the spectacular Lost City. After lunch, we will hike back towards the first campsite for the return journey. We will then be taken by car to Tayrona, where we will spend the evening.

            After breakfast we will head by road to the amazing city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. 

              Today you can enjoy a free day to explore this amazing port and see it's many historical attractions.

                Today, we will visit Cartagena's colonial district, starting in The Parque Bolívar, which is surrounded by large trees and four impressive fountains, with a statue of El Libertador as the centrepiece. Around the square, the Gold Museum exhibits pre-Hispanic objects, and the Palace of the Inquisition, with its impressive baroque entrance. This building housed the prison and torture chambers for the alleged opponents of the Catholic Church. The visit continues to the Santo Domingo church and the cathedral to end at the Museo de ...

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                  After breakfast, we will take you to the airport for your flight home or onto your next exciting destination!

                    WHAT'S INCLUDED

                    • Private transport according chosen option, Santa Marta- Mamey or Machete Pelao -Tayrona
                    • Accommodation in carp or hammocks or bunk beds with mosquito nets. 
                    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and fruit. 
                    • Entrance to the Archaeological Park of the Lost City. 
                    • Contributions to the farming and indigenous community.  
                    • Expert local guide in the area, cook and porters.  
                    • Mule for luggage between camp 1 and camp 2. 3 must carry a small charge each passenger baggage.
                    • Travel insurance.  


                    WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                    • Extra expenses not indicated in description.
                    • Internal Flights
                    • Airport Tax
                    • Tips and gratuities.
                    • Medical Insurance

                    Trip Preparation & FAQS

                    You can check our safety protocols in the following link:

                    We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                    We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination.

                    We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                    As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                    We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                    Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                    VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                    Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                    Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                    Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                    Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                    We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                    We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                    We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                    The official currency in Colombia is the Colombian peso (COP). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                    Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                    As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation: We are now in the process to get the certification of Travel Life to be more sustainable.  Travel Life is an internationally recognized, GSTC-Global Sustainable Tourism Council accredited training, management & certification program in sustainability in tourism. Travelife is a three-stage certification program for tour operators and travel agents: (1) Travelife Engaged; (2) Travelife Partner and (3) Travelife Certified. We are at stage 1 – Travelife Engaged. We are working to move forward to stage 2 - Travelife Partner.

                    We have implemented different practices to be more sustainable, please find attached our sustainability Policy to know some of them.

                    We promote activities like visits to social and environmental projects.

                    Some experiences that we offer include a donation to support local communities.

                    We decided to stop including single use plastic bottles in our transfers and excursions. We are now suggesting our clients to bring their own bottle of water, or we can include a bottle of water with a filter since it is not always possible to drink water from the tap in Colombia. When passengers arrive we share a list with the places they can refill the bottle according to the itinerary they have.


                    Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                    Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature.  The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                    This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                    For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: +57 316 694 8013

                    At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. For an example of our sustainable projects, visit the following link:

                    All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: +57 316 694 8013. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

                    This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                    This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                    The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                    Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                    Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your hotel.

                    For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                    In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                    In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                    It depends on each itinerary, we suggest you ask your travel advisor for the specific information of your program.

                    We decided to stop including single use plastic bottles in our transfers and excursions. We are now suggesting our clients to bring their own bottle of water, or we can include a bottle of water with a filter since it is not always possible to drink water from the tap in Colombia. When passengers arrive we share a list with the places they can refill the bottle according to the itinerary they have.

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