Spotlight on the Lost City

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range Ciudad Perdida (“Lost City”) is the archaeological site of an ancient city believed to have been founded about 800 AD, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. The only way to reach the Lost City is on foot and the round trip trek is a total of 5 days. Local tribes call the city “Teyuna” and believe it was the heart of a network of villages inhabited by their forebears, the Tairona. The trek is for those with stamina who can do without the everyday comforts of life as it involves long periods of walking up hill through dense vegetation, wading rivers and sleeping in hammocks. But for those who undertake the trek the experience and memories will last a life time.

Highlights: Bogota – Villa de Leyva – Trekking to The Lost City – Cartagena


Days 1-3


Fly to Bogota and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a City Tour to discover Bogota's colonial history as well as modern-day culture and cuisine. Options to take the cable car up to Monserrate, wander the bustling market at Paloquemao and enjoy the street food in Usaquen.

Day 4

Villa de Leyva

Transfer to Villa de Leyva stopping for a guided tour of the Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira en route.

Day 5

Villa de Leyva

Walking tour of the histroic centre of Villa de Leyva and options to visit a local vinyard or visit El Fosil, a 120m year old fosil, and El Infiernito, a site sacred to the local Muisca Indians.

Day 6

Trekking to the Lost City

Transfer to Bogota for flight to Santa Marta and the start of your trek to the Lost City founded around 800AD, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. The trek is arduous and accommodation is in hammocks but the reward for the hardy trekker is well worth it.

Day 7

Trekking to the Lost City

Walk 3 hours to El Mamey Farm where you'll have lunch. 2.5 hour trek along the Rio Buritaca where you can swim and relax. Overnight on the farm in a hammock.

Day 8

Arrival at the Lost City

Final ascent to the Lost City involving 2000 steps to arrive at the City where you can take time to explore and enjoy lunch. Back to Kogi Mamo for the night.

Day 9

Trekking back from the Lost City

Trek back along the valley of the River Buritaca (4 hours). Lunch then another 2 hours of trekking back to the farm for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

Trekking back from the Lost City

Start the day off with a swim in the freshwater pools and under the nearby waterfalls. 3 hour trek to Machete Pelao where you have lunch. Return to Santa Marta for a well-earned night in a hotel.

Days 11-13


Transfer along the coast to Cartagena for a well-earned rest in this lively colonial city. Options for: City Tour, La Popa Convent & San Felipe Fortress, Palenque Village, mud volcano, mangrove boat tour, Rosario Islands for snorkelling & swimming & beaach.

Day1 14


Fly to Bogota and connect with your flight back to the UK.

The above sample Colombia holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


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Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Colombia Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Colombia holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Colombia holiday.

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