When I decided I wanted to visit Santa Marta in Colombia I was told about a great hike to do there and as I love hiking, I decided I had to find time to fit this hike in. Instead of staying in Santa Marta I stayed in a little fishing village nearby called Taganga and stayed in La Tortuga Hostel. As soon as I got there I explained that I wanted to do La Ciudad Perdida and got booked in for the tour leaving the next day.
My tour was with Wiwa Tour which is the only indigenous tour agency with indigenous tour guides showing you the area where they are from. Our guide Celso was amazing and answered all the questions that we had for him.
I was picked up from my hostel and we were then taken to the starting point of our hike, where we had lunch before setting off to complete our 7.6km hike for the day. Our guide showed us a map of the area and explained where we would be hiking, basically up and down mountains and across rivers to get to the Lost City a total round trip of 46.6km.
The first day it was very hot and we had the steepest climb of the trek, it was hard going, all up hill for a few hours but eventually we made it to the top and the views were amazing.
After a little rest it was then downhill all the way to the river, where we would stay for the evening. There were freezing showers available as the water was coming from the river but it was nice to get clean after hiking in the heat all day.
We then sat down and had dinner before getting into our beds for the night.
The next morning it was up early for breakfast before setting off on our next day of hiking.
Today would be our longest day of hiking and yet again it was another uphill climb, to the top of another mountain. The days were so warm and in parts very little shelter from the sun, but the views of the surrounding valleys were just amazing. We went past local villages and saw a few children playing around, who were especially fascinated with our cameras!!
It was then back down hill to the river, where we would again camp for the night. Again there was the option of showers, I think this one was the coldest, piped straight from the river as the water was nearer the source it was colder, I couldn’t help but scream every time I had to get under it to rinse the shampoo out of my hair!! Once again we had a great dinner before another early night as we were up early again in the morning.
On our 3rd day we were up in the morning before a short walk, across a river and finally arriving at the foot of Ciudad Perdida (Lost City).
We are now at Parque Arqueologico Tayrona and to get to Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) we now have a climb of 1,200 steps, very hard going in the heat but it will be worth it once we get to the top.
We arrived at La Ciudad Perdida (lost city) and our guide showed us around and explained that the Tayrona people built it over 1,000 years ago, making it older than some of the other ruins I have been to, Machu Picchu and Choquequirao, and named it Teyuna. After the Spanish invaded, the indigenous people were forced high into the Sierra Nevada until their cities were abandoned. It was a ceremonial centre and was only “discovered” again when grave robbers found gold in the 1970’s. It is a beautiful place and the views are amazing.
It was then time to start the hike back along the same route, and just one more night staying in the bunk beds with mosquito nets.
I really enjoyed this 4 day hike, the views were amazing but it was quite tough on the legs with the uphill and downhill parts but so worth it when you get there. If you are in the area it is must do hike.
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