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  • star rating  The trip to the lost city was amazing! Is a hard trekking but worth the effort. We had two amazing guides (Pedro and Ender) and one incredible translator (Nico). The... read more

    May 6, 2024

    star rating  This tour was amazing! I’d highly recommend anyone to do the Lost City Trek, the food was amazing, the company was great and the guides (Carlos and Nico) were incredible.... read more

    Thomas P
    April 19, 2024

    star rating  These guys simply saved our last day in S. Marta! After we lost approx. one hour to wait for and finally have contact with a competitor, who did not show... read more

    March 31, 2024
  • star rating  Ciudad Perdida is a unique adventure! I highly encourage to do it at least once in a lifetime. The tour itself can be strenuous but so rewarding once you get... read more

    Stephanie C
    March 12, 2024

    star rating  Teyuna tours and the Lost city trail in general are certainly worth it. The 5 day hike in combination with the waterfalls is a nice addition to the trail. Very... read more

    March 12, 2024

    star rating  We had the most magical experience with Ruth our guide. She grew up in the area, knows everything and really made everything perfect for us!

    March 11, 2024
  • star rating  Yason and his team did a great job. I always felt comfortable and safe. The food was delicious, the hike challenging but definitely worth it. Thank you!

    March 5, 2024

    star rating  The leader and co leader are caring, knowledgeable, dependable.
    Before the trekking, they explain the details about the trail, porter, weather....And their suggestion about hiring porter for our own... read more

    March 5, 2024

    star rating  If you find yourself in Santa Marta and decide to do the Lost City Trek, you don't need to look for another office. This is the one! While all offices... read more

    February 25, 2024
  • star rating  Very well run operation. 4 guides/cooks looking after 15 hikers and they were all amazingly attentive and efficient. They really made us a family over the 4 days. Amazing meals... read more

    February 22, 2024

    star rating  We had al amazing group with amazing guides. Even if it was
    A bit busy on the road it was well organized. What I liked in particular was that we... read more

    john h
    February 21, 2024

    star rating  A big thank you and congratulations to Baron, Misael and Pecho who were our incredibles guides! their good humor and willingness to share their story with us made this trek... read more

    February 20, 2024
  • star rating  It was amazing! The route was beautiful, Ciudad Perdida was beautiful, everything was astonishing. It is not an easy trek, but that makes it just more fun and... read more

    Vanessa R
    February 20, 2024

    star rating  An amazing experience made so special by our guides Byron, Misael and Pecho! We were really well taken care of with great food, accommodation and experiences. Their knowledge and personal... read more

    Conall M
    February 20, 2024

    star rating  Th hike at La Teyuna with our guide Tigre, our translator Nico, chef Deivi and the rest of the team was honestly unforgettable! We spent 4 days learning everything about... read more

    February 18, 2024
  • star rating  An absolutely fantastic tour! Very well organized from start till end.
    Our guides Luis and Leydi were amazing! Always smiling and friendly and took so good care of us.... read more

    February 16, 2024

    star rating  If you like hiking, don’t think it anymore, this is a lifetime experience. Teyuna tours made an awesome job. Since the moment they pick you up until the drop off.... read more

    February 15, 2024

    star rating  I highly recommend booking a Lost City trek through Teyuna tours. From the communication prior to the trek all the way until dropping us at our hostel after the trek,... read more

    February 15, 2024
  • star rating  Interacting with Teyuna Tours was very easy and informative. Jorge Maldonado was a terrific guide, genial, helpful, experienced and informative. I was fortunate to have him.

    February 15, 2024

    star rating  Luis and David were absolutely amazing guides, answered all our questions, and have been very helpful whenever we needed something, and always with a smile. Everything went smoothly, and the... read more

    February 8, 2024

    star rating  We had such an amazing experience on this 4 days trek to Ciudad Perdida. It was much harder than we expected in terms of the physical effort, but so much... read more

    January 17, 2024
  • star rating  A well organized, professional tour. I have experienced many tours but this was the best.
    No complaints at all. Clear communication, nice team, enough food, big portion was provided. The... read more

    January 17, 2024

    star rating  Been on the 4 day hike. Our guides where Nico and Yuranis. Such kind, motivating and energetic persons. They knew a lot of the surrounds and history around this track.... read more

    Robert G
    January 17, 2024

    star rating  Astonishing experience brought by Teyuna Tours. We were guided by Yuranis and Nikolas, and they were wonderful. They knew the path, felt the rythm of the group and gave information... read more

    Falco B
    January 17, 2024
  • star rating  We had an amazing experience with Teyuna tours. Our guide Luis was very helpful and knowledgeable. The whole team was very professional. Fantastic food, clean beds, polite staff, everything was... read more

    Maryia P
    January 17, 2024

    star rating  This was a challenging hike but so beautiful and worth the “Happy Hour” straight uphill pushes! The staff was so wonderful and great company aside from being passionately knowledgeable about... read more

    January 17, 2024

    star rating  We went on a private tour (4 of us) on a 3 day lost city trek. An amazing experience from start to finish with a fantastic and very knowledgeable guide... read more

    January 16, 2024
  • star rating  The trip was amazing, both our guides Byron, and Angel were fantastic and extremely helpful. A special thanks to our cook Sandra, who did an incredible job prepping our food... read more

    Daniel X
    January 11, 2024

    star rating  It was an incomparable experience and i can’t put into Words how thankful i am to have lived it with Teyuna! The service was awesome, i felt supported and taken... read more

    lisabeth g
    January 11, 2024

    star rating  I booked the guide with another firm but as I was the only one there and the guide didn't know English, I could instead join Teyuna. It was an amazing... read more

    Filip A
    December 27, 2023
Sergey Tutunov
Sergey Tutunov
We went to the lost city with Teyuna Tours in early July, but I still recall those impressions almost every day. Thanks to our guides for the excellent organization of the route, for the little things that made this challenging path a bit easier, for the interesting stories, and the support on the trail! Dreaming of doing it again!
Paola Gustín M.
Paola Gustín M.
Una gran experiencia, demasiado agradecida con todo lo vivido y el calor humano de las personas que hicieron parte del staff (Nicolas, Ruth y su hija). Todos muy atentos a nosotras sobre cómo nos sentíamos o si necesitábamos algo en particular. Me hicieron sentir muy especial y mágico el día de mi cumpleaños. La comida es deliciosa y abundante. El camino es muy exigente, pero la gratitud que te brinda la naturaleza es la recompensa. ¡No lo duden! ¡No se rindan!
Laurence Petitclerc
Laurence Petitclerc
Amazing experience!! I would recommend 100%. The guides Luis and Cristian and the chef Deivi were totally incredible.
Mary May-Miller
Mary May-Miller
The best tour experience we’ve done in our months of travelling central and South America! Our guide Benjamin, translator Cata, and chef William were all so lovely, fun and full of information. They all genuinely cared about the tour and our group, and welcomed any and all questions we had. The food was delicious and the facilities were comfortable. Two things to note: 1. The trek is challenging. My husband and I are fit people who regularly play team sports, the remaining 7 people in our group were even fitter and regularly go on hikes/runs/bike rides! Everybody found it challenging, so make sure you’re up to it! 2. Just a small note to the guides - please make sure everyone in the group is ready before walking off! A few times we were still preparing our bags when the guide and majority of the group set off, which meant that even when we were matching pace, there was no way for us to catch up! It added a feeling of pressure and made it a little more stressful instead of feeling part of the group. Otherwise still 5 stars and we loved it.
Toni ic
Toni ic
It was an amazing experience. The way to the lost city was wild. 😀 The guides from Teyuna took really good care of us. On the way back I had some knee problems but they helped me, by walking slower with or calling a mule. The food was also delicious. I totally recommend this tour by teyuna 5+stars
Maximilien Kuzniar
Maximilien Kuzniar
Divino Trek por la enegia y todo. gracia Hernan
Carlos Moreno
Carlos Moreno
Genial experiencia con Yeison, Omar, Mono y el resto de nuestro grupo! Yeison nos explicó desde historia básica colombiana e indigena, hasta los acontecimientos más recientes en la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta y Tayrona. Omar asistió muy bien al grupo, marcando el paso del grupo cuando dirigía y echando un cable a los rezagados cuando se quedaba a la cola. ¡Es un muy buen chaval y espero verle de guía pronto! La comidas son copiosas y más elaboradas de lo que cabría esperar dado lo aislado de los campamentos. El pescado del primer dia estuvo espectacular, ¡gracias Mono! La ruta és espectacular, aunque bastante dura para una persona no entrenada o con alguna condición física. La dificultad no tiene que ver con la distancia si no con el constante desnivel y terreno inestable. En nuestro grupo de 8 hubo dos tendinitis de rodilla, estas personas sufrieron bastante a partir del tercer día. Desde la organización se ayudó buscando palos de soporte y amoldando el ritmo, así como ofreciendo alternativas para el último día (bajada en mula y/o moto), pero poco mas podían hacer. Finalmente, nuestro grupo era mixto (4 hispanoparlantes y 4 extranjeros con conocimiento básico de español). Hubo muy buen ambiente y todo el mundo puso de su parte, aunque la comunicación no fue tan fácil como cabría desear, este es el único punto de mejora que me gustaría destacar!
Johanna AL
Johanna AL
Wow, what an adventure! We set off with a group of 8 international participants and our very dedicated guide Yeison and student guide Omar. The hike is tough, not so much because of the distance, more because of the high temperatures and humidity - wet clothes and shoes only dry in the sun. After each climb we were rewarded with fresh fruit from the jungle and at the end of the day, swimming in the mountain rivers was a welcome refreshment. In itself, the hike is incredibly breathtaking, starting in the Territorio Campesino with the former coca plantations and then leading through the Territorio Indigena of the Sierra Nevada - a bright green jungle with pure primary vegetation, never touched by man. Ciudad Perdida is much bigger than we imagined and uniquely situated on an exposed mountain ridge! Yeison explained us so many things about the area’s history and the way of living of the Kogui and Wiwa tribes and could answer any questions. The camps were fine, we slept on bunk beds with mosquito nets. We were very positively surprised by the food! Our cook, Mono, catered for us at the highest level: breakfast was mostly arepas with scrambled eggs and fruits, lunch and dinner were full meals with fresh fish, meat, patacones, rice, vegetables and fresh juice - and a chocolate bar for dessert. 🙂 Thank you Yeison, Omar and Mono for these unforgettable 4 days in the Sierra Nevada of Colombia! An absolute recommendation to do the Lost City Trek with Teyuna Tours!
Sarah Markless
Sarah Markless
We had a great trip to the lost city with Pedro and Luis. They were fantastic guides and made the trip very memorable. We never went hungry and the food was fantastic, as well as plenty of fruit snacks along the way. The trek is tough and I felt ill on the last day, but they were prepared with some tablets and went out of their way to make sure I was ok for the day, thanks!!

Explore the Origin

Lost City Trek

3 days


Best option for visitors who prefer to have an exclusive experience, and have an excellent physical condition.

Lost City Trek

4 days

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

Lost City Trek

5 days

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

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 

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 3 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$1.750.000 COP and $2.050.000 per person in 2023; these prices 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.

More information

Teyuna or Ciudad Perdida, also known as the Lost City trek in Colombia, was discovered in 1976 by archaeologists from the Colombian Institute of Anthropology. It was almost entirely restored between 1976 and 1982. The site, which is considered the most important spiritual center of the indigenous tribes in the area, can be visited nowadays through the Lost City trek.

The Lost City trek, also known as the Ciudad Perdida trek, is a guided tour operated by TEYUNA TOURS, a travel agency based in Santa Marta, Colombia. The trek takes between 3 and 6 days to complete and involves walking through the tropical forest of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, crossing rivers, navigating uphills and downhills, and exploring archaeological ruins.

The Lost City trek is managed and regulated by the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH), as it is located within the Ciudad Perdida-Teyuna Archaeological Park, a national natural park that overlaps with a native reservation inhabited by local indigenous groups. To reach Ciudad Perdida, visitors are required to make contributions to both the farming and indigenous communities in the region as part of the trek.

The Lost City trek costs $1.750.000 COP for the 4-day trek and $2.050.000 COP for the 5-day trek per person in 2023. The cost includes transportation, guide service, lodging, food, entrance fees, contribution to local communities, and travel insurance.

The Lost City trek is a challenging adventure, involving long walks in a tropical forest with high temperatures, humidity, and mosquitoes. However, the trek offers outstanding views, unique cultural experiences with local indigenous communities, and a chance to explore the ancient ruins of Ciudad Perdida.

In conclusion, if you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure in Colombia, the Lost City trek, also known as Ciudad Perdida trek, is a must-visit destination. Managed by the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History, this guided tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the ancient ruins of Teyuna, also known as the Lost City, while supporting local communities and experiencing the natural beauty of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Book your trek with TEYUNA TOURS and embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Colombian jungle.

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.

Closer to Teyuna: 4-day Lost City trek starting from $1.775.000 COP per person