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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.


  • star rating  Had an amazing time, 100% recommend!!! Special shout out to Chalo (English translator) and Beto (our guide). An experience we will never forget

    Emily D
    January 21, 2023

    star rating  We have participated to 4 days lost city trek and from the company owner Carlos, to junior guide Andres, from the cook to the translator Enrique, all the staff was... read more

    January 17, 2023

    star rating  Cannot recommend our guide, Tatiana, translator Nicolas and our cook Sandra enough. The service they provided was incredible it truly added to such an incredible experience.

    It was... read more

    January 17, 2023
  • star rating  I can't recommend Teyuna Tours enough. A special thank you to Jason, Indio (Fabian) and Alberto for taking such great care for us all. It was an experience I will... read more

    January 16, 2023

    star rating  So good! Excellent care and attention was put into this tour. Yeison and Indio were such kind, engaged and supportive guides while Alberto kept our group well fed with awesome... read more

    January 16, 2023

    star rating  Absolutely magic experience. Jeison, Fabian and Alberto were so attentive, accommodating, knowledgeable and extremely professional while still loads of fun. The trek is not easy, but extremely doable in 4... read more

    January 16, 2023
  • star rating  Anna and I hiked the lost city trek with Teyuna Tours. It was an amazing experience to be out there in nature for four days and meet local & indigenious... read more

    January 15, 2023

    star rating  Great experience, the rivers and waterfalls you have close to the camps are great, especially after hiking in the heat for hours & the nature around you and obviously the... read more

    January 13, 2023

    star rating  Best tour operator ever to get to the Lost City!

    Señor Carlos is a living legend and Jhon with his 22 years of experience has also a lot to... read more

    January 13, 2023
  • star rating  Teyuna Tours is an excellent tour operator, I would highly recommend them to anyone that’s interested in experiencing this amazing trek. Every member of the Teyuna team was incredible, from... read more

    January 13, 2023

    star rating  Fantastic experience! The hike was more difficult than I was expecting, but absolutely worth it. Our guided, Luis and Pecho, were absolutely amazing and made the experience so much better.... read more

    January 11, 2023

    star rating  All the guides, chefs and translators were amazing and went the extra mile to give us the best experience on our journey to the lost city.

    Our group had... read more

    January 9, 2023
  • star rating  If you plan on going to La Ciudad Perdida, make sure you go with Teyuna Tours! From pickup, through three incredible meals per day plus fruit treats when one thought... read more

    January 8, 2023

    star rating  The trip was amazing, although tough hiking in places! The tour was very well organised with regular food and water stops and plenty of time to enjoy the various waterfalls... read more

    Harry M
    January 8, 2023

    star rating  We had a fantastic time with Lucho and his team Patricia and Jeison. The trek is well organised and Lucho is a great tourist guide who is always kind and... read more

    January 6, 2023
  • star rating  We experienced a very good Guide Tatiana, the friendly traductor Luis and were surprised with Josés good food. The tour is well organised and also liked the staff. Ciudad Perdida... read more

    January 3, 2023

    star rating  We spent four wonderful days hiking through the beautiful Sierra Nevada with Luis (guide), Pecho (assistant guide) and Patricia (cook). We were made to feel special from the outset. Luis... read more

    January 1, 2023

    star rating  We had a great experience with Teyuna Tours on the 4 day Lost City Trek. From start to finish everything was well organised and ran smoothly.
    Ruth Mery and... read more

    December 31, 2022
  • star rating  Highly recommend these guys for the four-day trek! Luis was extremely knowledgeable about the trail and local area. He and his team took so much extra care to ensure we... read more

    December 31, 2022

    star rating  The Lost City Trek with Teyuna was fabulous, we really couldn't have asked for more. Both our guide (Ruth Mery) and translator (Marco) were incredibly knowledgable and connected to the... read more

    December 29, 2022

    star rating  Let me tell you this was a well organized and enjoyable tour from the very beginning. The Guide (Daniel), Translator (Camilo), and Cook (Jenny) each exceeded all expectations. The historical... read more

    December 29, 2022
  • star rating  We head a gratis trip, well organised by our guide Tatiana togehter with Nicolas the translator. They took very good care of us. There wereld enough.stops were food was provided.... read more

    December 26, 2022

    star rating  Javier Arenas is a fantastic tour guide. He took us to the Lost City. Professional, well informed, friendly. The service was great, the hike fantastic!

    December 25, 2022

    star rating  Teyuna Tours provides THE BEST Lost City tours available. I talked with people from multiple tours, and they were all jealous of our experience; the exclusive excursions, surprise snacks, and... read more

    December 24, 2022
  • star rating  This was an experience that we will never forget and I am so grateful that it was with the correct guides through Teyuna Tours!! Tatiana & Nicolas were absolutely awesome... read more

    December 23, 2022

    star rating  I did the 4-day tour to the Lost City and it was arranged perfectly by Teyuna Tours. We thought it would be very tough but we had enough breaks and... read more

    December 20, 2022

    star rating  Teyuna is an agency made by guides with a lot of experience !
    The four days trek was amazing and really well organized.
    Thank you Isidro for you knowledge... read more

    December 15, 2022
  • star rating  The Tour with Teyuna has been nothing but great! Our guide was very helpful, knowledgeable and fun and the whole tour was very well organized. I also feel that we,... read more

    December 13, 2022

    star rating  Teyuna Tour is the best company for this experience. Excellent experience, very good guide tour, organization, landscapes.

    December 13, 2022

    star rating  Thanks to my guides Hugo, Javier and cook Isildur - I would highly recommend this 4 day ciudad perdida trek with Teyuna Tours. The guides are very friendly and experienced,... read more

    December 13, 2022

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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.


Disclaimer - Teyuna Tours S.A.S.

The company is exempt from any kind of responsibility coming from the pre-existing conditions of the visitors, including medical or physical conditions, or even of a different nature, such as pregnancy and others that may affect the health of the visitor him/herself.

If you have questions regarding our services, level of difficulty of the walks, the Lost City treks or other details, feel free to contact us and we will be really glad to advise you.