Hike in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas to the Lost City of the ancient Tayrona peoples. Explore Colombia’s scenic back country, along breathtaking hinterlands and dense jungle. Choose between 4 and 5-day treks.
On this 4 or 5 day Sierra Nevada trek, hike to the ancient Ciudad Perdida, or Lost City, archaeological site in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Explore Colombia’s scenic back country, along breathtaking hinterlands and dense jungle.
Depending on the length of the trek you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to visit local indigenous villages, swim under waterfalls in natural pools, and more. Sleep each night at a comfortable campsite in a bed or hammock + mosquito net.
Duration: 4 Days
Start/End Location: Hotel pick-up/drop-off in Santa Marta
Language Availability: English & Spanish
Day 1: Begin Trekking in the Sierra Nevadas
Begin your Sierra Nevada trek with 8:30 am hotel pick-up and transfer 3 hours to the small town of El Mamey. Here, stop for a hearty lunch at a small local restaurant before setting out to the trailhead for your first day of trekking.
Hike 4-hours through breathtaking countryside to reach your campsite. Upon arrival, settle in while your camp cook prepares dinner. Enjoy the evening to rest and reboot for tomorrow.
Day 2: Reach the Indigenous Village of Mutanzi
After breakfast, set out at 6:00 am for the indigenous village of Mutanzi. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to rest, explore, and admire the spectacular scenery. From Mutanzi, you’ll walk another 1 hour to a campsite for lunch. Rest up here, then set out for a 4-hour trek to your next campsite. Enjoy dinner and starlit skies before retiring to your bed/hammock for the night.
Day 3: Explore the Lost City of the Ancient Tayrona
Today, you’ll wake up early for a quick breakfast, then leave camp around 6:00 am for a 1-hour hike to Ciudad Perdida — the Lost City of the Tayrona.
Enter the city by climbing 1,200 stone stairs, and explore the spectacular ancient city hidden amid dense jungle. Your guide will give you a tour of the city, and you’ll have time to explore on your own. At about mid-day return to your campsite to relax and enjoy lunch.
In the afternoon, set out for the 4-hour trek back to yesterday’s lunch site where you’ll enjoy dinner and stay the night.
Day 4: Trek to El Mamey and Return to Santa Marta
After a hearty breakfast, pack up camp and set out for your last, long day of trekking. Today, you’ll hike almost 7-hours, mostly downhill, to the small town of El Mamey. From there, a car will be waiting to take you back to Santa Marta. You should arrive by early evening.
* Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a detailed look at a 5-Day Sierra Nevada Trek Itinerary. The framework for a 5-day tour is similar, but provides more opportunities to visit indigenous communities, go swimming, and relax.
Please note that as of Nov 2019, plastics are forbidden in all national and natural parks in Colombia. Plan accordingly.
Meals: Meals include 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, and snacks. Meals will be prepared on-site at each camp site. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, so that we may best accommodate you!
Lodging: Beds and/or hammocks + mosquito nets are available at all 3 campsites and will be assigned based upon availability. Blankets will be provided. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a medical condition that prevents you from sleeping in a hammock.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.