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Soak in the sights and the sounds of the remote jungle as you travel to the 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 through the dense Colombian jungle. Set out on the northern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, through 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 Bogota, which is Colombia's capital city that is englufed by the energy of the Andes. This 8-day trip has been carefully curated by OneSeed Expeditions 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.

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Arrive in Bogota 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. Be sure to visit the gold museum if you have time! Peak Altitude: 8,612 ft (2625 m) Inclusions: Airport transfer; accommodations
Head out for a city tour! Visit a local market and try traditional Colombian foods and exotic fruits, check out the city's famous plazas, and tour La Candelaria, Bogotá's historic district. That evening join your fellow OneSeeders for a welcome dinner, where you will get the chance to try some of the local cuisines. Peak Altitude: 8,612ft (2625 m)Inclusions: Day tour with a local guide, breakfast, welcome dinner, and accommodations
The adventure begins! Wake up early to catch the first flight (~7:30 am) for the 1.5-hour flight to Santa Marta, a beautiful Caribbean beach town and the oldest city in Colombia. You'll be greeted by your Lost City guide at the airport then drive three hours to el Mamey, the small town where the trailhead for the Lost City begins. Enjoy the first sights and sounds of the jungle as you hike through this lush area before setting up camp for the night. Peak Altitude: 787 ft (240 m)Total Hiking: 5 miles (7.6 km) / Approximately 5-6 hours of trekkingInclusions: Airport transfer, domestic flight, ground transportation, full board, camping accommodations
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
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.
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.
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.
Catch a mid-morning flight and return to Bogota (BOG) airport by 1pm and conclude your expedition. Inclusions: Breakfast, domestic flight.
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