8 Days
Duration
Colombia
Location
5/10
Physicality
OneSeed Expeditions
Operator
$2,190
base price per person

Travel back 1,000 years to the Lost City of the Sierra Nevada.

Soak in the sights and the sounds of the remote jungle as you travel to a far corner of Colombia.

It is fitting that a Lost City should exist in the land of magical realism—one that you can only get to by hiking into the dense Colombian jungle. Set on the northern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Ciudad Perida’s terraces and stone paths were built in 800 AD. The city was then abandoned during the Spanish Conquest, and was lost to the world until 1970, when a group of local plunderers climbed the 1,200 steps leading into the site.

The hike that will bring you to those steps is one of the most exciting Colombia has to offer, passing through the indigenous town of Mutanshi and crossing the Buritaca river several times. Expert guides will ensure a smooth journey from the moment you land in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city that is surrounded by the energy of the Andes.

This 8-day trip has been carefully curated by OneSeed Expeditions—a company that chooses to invest in people by loaning 10% of their profits to local entrepreneurs in need of capital. Don’t just visit local communities, empower them.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bogotá (8,612ft/2625m)

Arrive in Bogotá, where a OneSeed staff member will greet you and take you to our partner B&B. Take the afternoon to explore the city on your own before joining your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner, where you will get the chance to try some of the local cuisine. Inclusions: Airport transfer, welcome dinner and accommodations

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Day 2: Bogotá (8,612ft/2625m)

Head out for a city tour today. Visit the old city, learn about Bogota’s extensive graffiti scene, check out the city’s famous plazas, and tour La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historic district. Inclusions: Day tour with local guide, breakfast, and accommodations

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Day 3: Bogotá to Camp 1 (787ft/240m)

The adventure begins! Wake up early to catch the first flight to Santa Marta, a beautiful Caribbean beach town and the oldest city in Colombia. Drive three hours to the trail head and begin the trek to the Lost City. Enjoy the first sights and sounds of the jungle as you hike through this lush area before setting up camp for the night. Total distance: 5 miles. Approximately 4-5 hours of trekking. Inclusions: Airport transfer, domestic flight, ground transportation, full board, camping accommodations

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Day 4: Camp 1 to Camp 2 (1,673ft/510m)

Continue your trek through the jungle. Pass by the indigenous town of Mutanshi and marvel at the well-constructed jungle huts that make up the town. There are plenty of opportunities to take a dip in a cool, clear stream along the way before having the evening to relax and rest your legs. Total Hiking: 5 miles. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking Inclusions: Full board and camping accommodations

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Day 5: Camp 2 to Camp 3 (2,723ft/830m)

After a hearty breakfast, follow along the ancient trail that leads to the Lost City. Cross the Buritaca river nine times as you continue the ascent! Weather permitting, head to the Lost City in the afternoon! End the day with a leg burner as you climb the 1,200 steps that lead to the Lost City. Learn about the history of the ruins as your guide shows you around. Enjoy solitude and stunning views as you try to imagine what the city would have been like when it was built in 800 AD!Total Distance: 6 miles. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking Inclusions: Full board and camping accommodations

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Day 6: Camp 3 to Camp 2 (1,673ft/510m)

Return the way you came! Cross multiple suspension bridges, wade in the cool water, and listening to the parakeets chirping. Take rest at Camp 2 for the night. Total distance: 5 miles. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking Inclusions: Full board and camping accommodations

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Day 7: Camp 2 to Santa Marta (20ft/6m)

Continue the descent toward Mamey and enjoy a final day under the lush canopy. Pick up the 4WD vehicle that will take you back to Santa Marta. Join your fellow OneSeeders for a final dinner to celebrate your accomplishments.Total distance: 9 miles. Approximately 7-8 hours of trekking Peak Altitude: (20ft/6m) Inclusions: Full board, ground transportation and accommodations

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Day 8: Santa Marta to Bogotá (8,612ft/2625m)

Catch a mid-morning flight and return to Bogotá (BOG) airport by 1pm and conclude your expedition. Inclusions: Breakfast, domestic flight

Trip Dates 24 November – 1 December 2018

8 – 15 December 2018

29 December – 5 January 2019

12 – 29 January 2019

2 – 9 February 2019

16 – 23 February 2019

9 – 16 March 2019

23 – 30 March 2019

25 May – 1 June 2019

8 – 15 June 2019

29 June – 6 July 2019

17 – 24 August 2019

Arrival/Departure Location Bogota, Colombia
Included  Medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
Airport transfers
RT flight from Bogotá to Santa Marta
2 nights accommodation in Bogotá
1 night accommodation in Santa Marta
4 nights camping
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
Trekking permits and entry fees
Welcome and farewell dinners
Guide & porter services
All ground transportation to/from trail
Not Included  Personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc)
Trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
Snacks during trek
Beverages outside of designated meals
International airfare and meals during travel

Packing List 

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Bogotá/Santa Marta – to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Synthetic shorts (zip-away pants are a great option)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Synthetic long underwear or fleece top
  • Synthetic T-shirt (2-3)
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (3)
  • Water sandals (for river crossings walking around the camp in the evening)
  • Swimsuit
  • Synthetic pants for evenings and bug protection
  • Backpack
  • Water bottles – 2
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine (basic showers are available on trail)
  • Sleeping bag liner (blankets are available for cooler nights)
  • Backpack cover
  • Insect repellent (long sleeves also provide protection)
  • Hat
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Collapsible hiking poles
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Bogotá (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

Note: This expedition does not include porters. You are responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack.

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Bogota
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (to be carried at all times)
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.
  • Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills

Why Choose OneSeed Expeditions?

OneSeed Expeditions was founded with a simple goal: Explore the world. Invest in people. They have been recognized as a leader in socially minded travel.

They Hire Local Guides

OneSeed hire professional, experienced guides from local communities.

They Invest in Local Economies

OneSeed invest 10% of total revenue in the form of microcredit to local small-scale entrepreneurs. They partner with small businesses to maximize local benefit from tourism.

They Protect Local Environments

OneSeed practice ‘Leave No Trace’ principles on all of their expeditions and incentivize environmental best practices among their partners.

They Respect Local Customs

OneSeed operates with respect and mindfulness everywhere they travel.

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