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Discover The Lost City in Colombia

[ 5 ] June 23, 2011 | Alison Adey

The Lost City trek is one of Colombia’s best-kept secrets – a 5 day hike that winds its way through indiginous villages, rumbling waterfalls and tropical jungle.

When you’re not waist-deep in water, you’re clambering up steep cliff faces, sludging through orange mud and eating fresh fruit on the mountainside.  Finally you’ll reach Ciudad Perdida – an abandoned city carved into the mountainside.

The Lost City trek in Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Pictures of the Lost City in Colombia -Fabulous Travel Guide

The Lost City trek in Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to expect

While it may not be as gob-smackingly beautiful as Machu Picchu,  it’s still an astonishing site. You’ll spend the afternoon wandering around moss-covered plazas, hidden ruins and a net of tiled roads. It’s eerily quiet and strangely peaceful – quite the opposite of the Inca Trail.

The Lost City, Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

The Lost City, Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Expect tonnes of mosquitoes, plenty of rain and slippery trails. You’ll be sleeping in hammocks so strong insect repellent and warm clothes are a must. TOP TIP: Pack plenty of socks – there’s nothing worse than having damp feet!

Booking your trek

You can book The Lost City trek in either Santa Marta or Taganga. Tour operators will offer hostel pickup and return transportation to Teyuna. Prices cost from 500,000 cops (£170) – and you can choose whether you do 4, 5 or 6 days .

Find out the history of Ciudad Perdida and check out our photo gallery! Looking for more things to do in Colombia? Visit Tayrona National Park and learn to scuba dive in Taganga.

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Category: Colombia, South America, Taganga, The Lost City

About Alison Adey: I was previously Channel Editor for IPC's Homes network (;; and but I bid them a fond farewell in December 2010 to embark on this trip. I also worked for as a features writer for two years. View author profile.

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