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Lost City Trek

Get to know Teyuna, Buritaca-200 or Ciudad Perdida through a multiple-day trek called Lost City trek or Ciudad Perdida trek. This outstanding archaeological site is one of the more than 250 ancient villages found in the northern and southwestern face of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – Magdalena department, in northern Colombia – belonging to the Taironas, ancestors of the four indigenous groups living in Sierra Nevada nowadays.

The Lost City

Teyuna was discovered in 1976 by a team of archaeologists from the Colombian Institute of Anthropology headed by Gilberto Cadavid and Luisa Fernada Herrera; it was almost entirely restored between 1976 and 1982 and it can be visited through a Ciudad Perdida trek of 4, 5 or 6 days.

Ciudad Perdida is a majestic ancient city built in stones by a civilization called “Tairona”; it is located on the northeastern slope of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Its construction started about the years 700 A.D. approximately and Teyuna protects all the mysteries, traditions and legends of the ancient ancestral population that inhabited this beautiful corner of a paradise called Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

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  • star rating  This was an safe and excellent 4 days trekking tour in the wild jungle, ancient, and exotic Lost City older than Machu Pichú located in the heart of the mountains... read more

    maequina
    May 19, 2022

    star rating  Teyuna Tours was a great choice for this 3 night trip to Cuidad Perdidathey always had whatever you needed and helped you get up to this tough Cuidad Perdida!

    robbobo
    May 14, 2022

    star rating  The trip to 'the lost city' was amazing and beyond our expectations. Literally everything was so well arranged by Teyuna tours. Of course the hike and ciudad perdida itself was... read more

    liselottev290
    May 14, 2022
  • star rating  Teyuna Tours was on point from the begging until the end. On the first day of trip, a car took us from home and drove us to their office, same... read more

    Raluca239
    May 12, 2022

    star rating  I booked a semi-private 6 day trip to Ciudad Perdida and the process was handled very efficiently by the team at Teyuna tours. Unfortunately I had to cancel only... read more

    imtech2016
    May 11, 2022

    star rating  Did the 4 day tour last week. Absolutely amazing experience. Only booked 2 days ahead.
    Our guide Jeison went the extra mile to tell us many interesting facts about the... read more

    Kerstin S
    May 11, 2022
  • star rating  Wow! My favourite experience of Colombia so far, the heat and mosquito bites are definitely worth it for the unreal views, amazing natural pools and the insight into indigenous culture.... read more

    ellabU5039KR
    May 11, 2022

    star rating  Wahou ! Just finished this 4 days trek and had to say, it was one of the greatest experience ever ! Pretty hard when you are not used to trekking... read more

    ValentineLgd
    May 10, 2022

    star rating  The Tour was amazing. The landscape is beautiful and very diverse. It‘s exhausting, which must be expexted in the colombian jungle, but cooling yourself in a river after hiking for... read more

    692justusd
    May 9, 2022
  • star rating  Excellent Trip! Its a tough trek with the heat and humidity but well worth doing. One of the best experiences in Colombia. Team teyuna are the best. We had a... read more

    Gavin F
    May 9, 2022

    star rating  My boyfriend and I did the "Lost City" tour with Isidro. It was an incredible experience! It was a bit physically hard but totally worth it. Isidro was attentive to... read more

    AndreaRojasM
    May 8, 2022

    star rating  We enjoyed this trek so much with Luis and Tatiana. The views were beautiful, the sleeping arrangements were good and the food cooked by Yeni was excellent!
    The Lost... read more

    477mait
    April 29, 2022
  • star rating  One of the coolest things I’ve ever see . Tour guides extremely knowledgeable and adapt to individual skill levels. Food was good too.

    edwingsd2022
    April 28, 2022

    star rating  The Lost City Hike with Teyuna Tours was the highlight of our three week stay in Colombia. The trail is tough with high temperatures and humidity, quite a lot to... read more

    helsbels18
    April 28, 2022

    star rating  My trip to Ciudad Perdida is one I'm going to remember very well. The destination is beautiful, but the guides made it even better. They were well organised, kind, fun,... read more

    Ricardo Andrés C
    April 28, 2022

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Lost City Trek

4 days

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Favourite choice of many travelers, recommended for trekking and adventure lovers.

Lost City Trek

5 days

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This adventure is designed for people who prefer to go at a slower pace, even without having much time.

Lost City Trek

6 days

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Best option for visitors who prefer to have an exclusive experience, with more time to enjoy nature, rivers and natural pools.

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Why are we different?

We are Teyuna Tours, the only Lost City trek operator to be directly owned by local guides with more than 15 years of experience, we have traveled and lived the magic of archaeological and sacred places in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range for a long time, developing a broad knowledge and reliability in Lost City treks operation.

We are a group of local Lost City trek guides who have been training to be professionals, in order to provide authentic ethno-tourism and eco-tourism experiences to our visitors; we are strongly driven by the desire to create and promote a culture of conservation and care for environment, habits and traditions of our communities.

With this strong will, we could make our dream a solid reality when getting together and creating Teyuna Tours, get to know more about our project:

Santa Marta Tour Guides created their own tour operator company: Teyuna Tours

The Lost City is providing a solid nature tourism alternative 

Reservations and Contacts

Teyuna, Buritaca-200 or Ciudad Perdida (the Lost City) is one of the more than 250 ancient villages...

... belonging to the four indigenous groups’ ancestral heritage and found in the northern and southwestern face of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, Magdalena department, northern Colombia.

Teyuna or Ciudad Perdida was discovered in 1976 by a team of archaeologists from the Colombian Institute of Anthropology headed by Gilberto Cadavid and Luisa Fernada Herrera; it was almost entirely restored between 1976 and 1982.

Members of the local indigenous tribes, descendants of the Tairona culture – the Arhuaco, the Koguis, the Wiwas and the Kankuamos – have stated that they visited the site on a regular basis before its rediscovery was made public and way before Lost City treks started, but that they had kept a secret about it.

They call Ciudad Perdida “Teyuna” and believe it was the most important spiritual center at the time, heart of a network of villages inhabited by their ancestors, the Taironas. Ciudad Perdida, which can be visited nowadays thanks to Lost City treks, was probably the political and manufacturing center of the region, being located in the valley of Buritaca river and probably inhabited by 2,000 to 8,000 people. It was apparently abandoned during the Spanish conquest.

The Lost City

The site that can be reached only by taking the so-called Ciudad Perdida trek, extends between 900 and 1,300 meters above sea level, on the foothills of Cerro Corea, in the northern face of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, on the right side of Buritaca river.

The main attraction of the Lost City trek, Ciudad Perdida, is known as Teyuna by the indigenous people of the area and therefore the name of the archaeological site: Ciudad Perdida-Teyuna Archaeological Park, even though within the nomenclature of archaeological sites located in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, it is also known as Buritaca-200.

The area within Ciudad Perdida-Teyuna Archaeological Park includes a complex system of constructions, flagstone trails (trails paved with flat-cut stones), stairs and containing walls, path connecting a series of circular terraces and platforms on which the ceremonial centers, houses and food storages (silos) were built.

The structures that were discovered so far occupy an area of approximately 35 hectares, in which up to 169 stone terraces and more 240 stone rings can be found. Since its discovery, Ciudad Perdida and Ciudad Perdida treks have been managed and regulated by the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH), which is the public entity in charge of Ciudad Perdida-Teyuna Archaeological Park.

Being an archaeological park conserved by a national authority, located inside of the National Natural Park of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta -which overlaps with a native reservation inhabited by local indigenous groups too-, in order to reach the Lost City through a Lost City trek it is necessary to make a series of contributions to both communities living in the region in which the trek takes place: farming and indigenous communities, in fact, are in charge of performing maintenance on the trails, and to keep peace and harmony on the way to this ancestral site.

How long does it take to get to Ciudad Perdida?

Ciudad Perdida-Teyuna Archaeological Park can only be visited through several days of walking in the heart of the amazing tropical forest of Sierra Nevada, in a guided tour that takes between 4 and 6 days – the so-called Lost City or Ciudad Perdida trek – operated by TEYUNA TOURS, travel agency based in Santa Marta, Colombia.

How long is the hike to the Lost City?

The hike to the Lost City is 4 to 6 days long; it’s a walk of more than 50 km in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, involving river crossings, uphills, downhills, outstanding views, native communities and archaeological ruins.

How much is the Lost City Trek Colombia?

The 4 and 5-day Lost City Trek costs $1.400.000 COP per person in 2022; this price includes transportation, guide service, lodging, food, entrance fees, contribution to local communities, travel insurance.

How difficult is the Lost City Trek?

This trekking involves long walks (more than 50 km in total) and takes place in a tropical forest, with high temperatures (up to about 32°C). It is usually hot and very humid, even if during the night temperatures may get as low as 17-18°C. There are a lot of mosquitoes, bugs and other insects, so that we recommend to bring insect repellent; chances of rain are usually pretty high, especially during the afternoon, so the trail can be muddy, and it is necessary to cross rivers and streams.