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Colombia’s best-kept secrets (well, 7 of them)

[ 0 ] November 13, 2011

Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in South America – but it still has a reputation for being dangerous.

Yes, you have to be careful but this rule applies everywhere. Click on the links below to see what you MUST do before you leave this incredible country.

1) Hike up to Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

2) Sleep in hammocks at Tayrona National Park

3) Sail from Colombia to Panama

4) Get your PADI diving certificate in Taganga

5) Visit Pablo Escobar’s grave

6) Sip cocktails from a coconut on Playa Blanca

7) Explore the walled city of Cartagena

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History of Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

History of Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

[ 1 ] September 16, 2011

Ciudad Perdida (literally translated as ‘The Lost City’ ), was founded in about 800A.D – some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu.

It consists of around 169 terraces, a net of tiled roads and several small circular plazas that are carved into the mountainside. It may not be as magnificant as Machu Picchu but it has a magical atmosphere that can’t fail to excite you.

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

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

It was abandoned during the Spanish Conquest and only discovered in 1972 when a group of local treasure looters found a series of stone steps rising up the mountainside and followed them to an ancient city which they referred to as Green Hell or Wide Set.

It was later named Teyuna and locals believed it was the heart of a network of villages inhabited by their ancestors. Despite tribes keeping quiet about the discovery, it was finally revealed by authorities in 1975.

Now it’s a popular hiking route and you can book 4,5 or 6 day tours to Ciudad Perdida from Taganga in Colombia. Check out our photo gallery for more pictures of The Lost City and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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PICTURES The Lost City trek in Colombia 2011

[ 2 ] July 5, 2011

Want to see pictures of the Lost City trek in Colombia? Check out our photo gallery and start planning your trip!

PICTURES: Lost City trek, Colombia

See pictures of The Lost City trek in Colombia in our photo gallery. Book a 5-day trek to Ciudad Perdida in Colombia and visit indiginous villages and ancient ruins.

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Looking for more things to do in Colombia? Visit Tayrona National Park and learn to scuba dive in Taganga. Plan your trip to South America here.

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

Discover The Lost City in Colombia

[ 5 ] June 23, 2011

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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