Hidden in the outstanding forest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, not far from the ancient and wonderful city of Santa Marta, northern Colombia, lies one of the most impressive archaeological sites of all Latin America: the so-called Lost City.
Sometimes referred to as the Caribbean Machu Picchu, and even if at a first sight does not seem to be as impressive as other sites of Central America, the complexity of the architectural and engineerical solutions show the great knowledge of the acient Tayronas.

Its peculiar position, in the middle of the mountains, and its inaccessibility made the re-discovery of this abandoned city quite hard: the first official expedition of antropoligists reached the Lost City only in 1976, after 500 years of oblivion.

Since 1992, and first in organizing tours to the Sierra Nevada, our company Turcol is offering the possibility to reach this ancient site through different trek option: 4-day Lost City trek, 5-day Lost City trek and 6-day Lost City trek.

We hope you enjoy the Lost City Trek

Buritaca-200 or Lost City trek is one of the more of 250 ancient towns of the four groups of natives found in the northern and south-eastern sides of Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, Magdalena department, northern Colombia. This site was discovered in 1976 by a team of archaeologists of Colombian Anthropology Institute, guided by Gilberto Cadavid and Luisa Fernanda Herrera, and almost completely restored.

Lost City trek itinerary 5 days

FIRST DAY Lost City Trek
Departure from our office of SANTA MARTA at 9:00 AM. Car trip of approximately 2:30 hours to MAMEY area, place in which we will have lunch.

After an approximately 3:00 hours walk to the first stop at CABAÑA DE ADAM or further on at CABAÑA DE ALFREDO,  it will be possible to enjoy the view of the so-called Quebrada de honduras, a wonderful natural pool.

Dinner will be served at 06:30 PM.

First day accomodation will be in dorms with hammocks and mosquito nets.

SECOND DAY Lost City Trek
Breakfast at 7:00 AM, departure at 8:00 AM from CABAÑAS DE ADAM or CABAÑAS DE ALFREDO, approximately 4:00 hours walk to the second stop: CABAÑA DE TURCOL or SIERRA TOUR, places in which it will be possible to enjoy a typical regional lunch.

During this trip, there will be a visit to native town MUTANYI, being it the perfect place to take pictures with natives and interact with their culture; in this same site it is possible to enjoy the view of the oustanding waters of BURITACA river.

Dinner will be served at 06:00 PM.

Second day accomodation will be in beds or hammocks with mosquito nets.

THIRD DAY Lost City Trek

Breakfast at 7:00 AM, departure at 8:00 AM, approximately 4:30 hours walk to the third stop, known as CABAÑA DE ROMUALDO,  home of the respected MAMO (native priest), before crossing the calm waters of BURITACA river, place in which lunch will be served.

The guide will provide information regarding the native culture, in order to explain its peculiarities.

Dinner will be served at 06:00 PM.

Third day accomodation will be in beds or hammocks with mosquito nets.

FORTH DAY Lost City Trek

Breakfast at 6:00 AM, departure at 7:00 AM, destination: Lost City trek. Approximately 1:00 hour walk, then the guide will accompany you in an instructive and photographic  tour of the archaeological site during approximately 03:00 hours.

Return to CABAÑA DE ROMUALDO, estimated arrival time 12:00 PM and lunch. Afterwards, the discent towards the second stop (CABAÑA DE ADAM or CABAÑA DE ALFREDO)  will begin, and estimated arrival time is 04:00 PM.

Dinner will be served at 06:00 PM.

Forth day accomodation will be in beds or hammocks with mosquito nets.

FIFTH DAY Lost City Trek

Breakfast at 5:30 AM, departure at 6:30 AM from second stop (CABAÑA DE ADAM or CABAÑA DE ALFREDO), destination: MAMEY area. Approximately 6:00 hours walk and estimated arrival time 01:00 PM. Lunch in MAMEY area, and then car trip to Santa Marta, place in which the tour will conclude at 05:00 PM.


  • Small backpack
  • Walking shoes or boots and sandals or flip flops (for crossing rivers)
  • T-shirts and shorts
  • Long sleeved shirt and long trousers for evenings in camp
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Socks
  • Insect repellent (Nopikex brand available in Colombia is excellent)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Torch or flashlight
  • Bottle for water
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Drysac or ziplock bags to keep your belongings dry


A deck of playing cards or a book

Sleeping bag or sleep sheet


  • Expert service of local guides
  • Entrance fees lost city trek
  • Lodging in hammocks (some camps have beds) with mosquito nets, blankets, showers and flush toilets
  • All meals, snacks and purified water
  • Transport from Santa Marta to trailhead and return
  • Insurance against any type of accidents


PRICE        COP $700.000 / USD $305

NOTE: If for any reason you cannot complete the excursion once it has begun, you will not be refunded any part of the fee.

Lost city 4 or 5 days