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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.

Explore the Origin

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.

Our Experiences

Cabo de la Vela

Punta Gallinas

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Discover La Guajira,  its incredible landscapes and the ancestral traditions of Wayúus, the largest native group of Colombia.

Tayrona Park

Cabo San Juan

 

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Walk through the forest and enjoy heavenly beaches in this tour in Tayrona National Park, one of the most important natural reserves of Colombia.

Tayrona Park

Neguanje / Playa Cristal

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Get to know one of the most beautiful and iconic beaches of Tayrona National Park, and the  marine weatlh of its coral reefs.

Don Diego

Taironaka

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Don Diego river, the archaeological reserve of Taironaka and the unique landscapes of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta are waiting for you!

Don Diego

Night Artisanal Fishing

 

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The artisanal fishing tour in Don Diego river and mouth is an experience that will give you all the emotions of the art of fishing, in a setting with incomparable night beauty.

Sierra Nevada

Minca

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Minca with its picturesque landscape, breathtaking views, and several waterfalls, is well worth a stop during a visit to the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

Sierra Nevada

Gotsezhy – 1 day

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In Gotzeshy you will breath the essence of Sierra Nevada: native guides will lead you to discover the natural weatlh and the ancestral traditions of the region.

Sierra Nevada

Gotsezhy – 2 days

 

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Gotsezhy Indigenous Refuge belongs to Wiwa community: explore the origin and enjoy landscapes and ancestral culture of our mountains.

Sierra Nevada

Cherúa

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Produce of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, its landscapes and ancestral cultures: discover our mountains visiting  Cherúa.

Sierra Nevada

Cerro Kennedy – 2 days

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Cerro Kennedy is the best option for trekking and enjoying the landscapes of our amazing Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Sierra Nevada

Cerro Kennedy – 3 days

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Discover Cerro Kennedy and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in a 3-day tour of immersion in the magical nature of our mountains!

Sailing Tour

Bahía Concha

 

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Live an unforgettable experience, visit one of our most beautiful beaches by a sailing tour: the Caribbean Sea as you always imagined it!

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 

TripAdvisor

  • star rating  The experience was beautiful, it was an incredible trip, the chef Samir was always attentive, the food was incredible no one got sick and everything was delicious, our guide Gabriel,... read more

    saracar0linam
    6/05/2021

    star rating  This was an incredible trip that was made all the better with Teyuna Tours and our phenomenal tour guide Jorge whose knowledge and pace made the entire experience fun and... read more

    thelastimp
    5/22/2021

    star rating  Muchas Gracias!
    Teyuna Tours did an outstanding job with the organization of my trip.
    As a female-solo traveller going for the first time on this type of trips, I... read more

    DianaVM2014
    5/12/2021
  • star rating  From my first contact (with Maria) to the very end of our trip, Teyuna was fantastic in helping me arrange our travel. My questions were answered completely and accurately, our... read more

    Deb B
    4/19/2021

    star rating  Teyuna Tours did a spectacular job with the Lost City tour. They have extremely experienced guides. Our guide, Tato, has done this trek more than 300 times! He knows the... read more

    oink2u
    4/16/2021

    star rating  Teyuna Tours provided an amazing experience from start to finish. I was a bit hesitant about completing the 4 day hike to Ciudad Perdida but after going to the office... read more

    Mispasos
    4/10/2021
  • star rating  I did the 4 day hike to The Lost City. It was a very amazing experience. The hike itself is very tough and was happy that they let us pace... read more

    P2289JNjohnh
    4/08/2021

    star rating  This was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.
    The nature, the landscapes, the local people with their beautiful culture that make this place even more... read more

    DiogoConde23
    3/31/2021

    star rating  I can recommend this Tour and especially Teyuna 100%. Our tour guide is doing his job for over 30 years and kowns everything about the ciudad perdida and the culture... read more

    MaikeSa08
    3/20/2021
  • star rating  Amazing experience with Luis! We enjoyed every single day of this tour, learning a lot about the history of the Lost City but not only! We talked about the nature... read more

    LucieBrl
    3/19/2021

    star rating  The best tour guide, Pedro. Translator, Paul. Chefs: Jonathan and Jose. All the time we felt safe. We had everything we needed: food, company, guide. They took care of us... read more

    DBankTulua
    3/07/2021

    star rating  Literally the most wonderful tour guide and translator ever. 110% recommend Teyuna Tours - they are a newer company created by people who have been providing tours for over 15... read more

    618madisong
    2/17/2021
  • star rating  Went for a 4 day trek. Great guide and translator. Knowledgeable, sweet and so helpful. Andres helped me get a motorbike for the last hours of the trek as I... read more

    madsemilw
    2/07/2021

    star rating  We went to Ciudad Perdida for 4 days on January 2021. Honestly, it wasn't the easiest walk. Luckily we chose Teyuna (also thanks to the highly responsive admin). The guides... read more

    ONEBACKPACKEACH
    1/24/2021

    star rating  If you are looking for the best tour to the Lost City, this is your best choice. Despite this agency looks new, it was created by the old staff of... read more

    AlexDeWhite
    1/11/2021

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.

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.

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