After Cartagena, I headed north and used Santa Marta and a lunching pad to do some exploring around the northern columbian jungles. I was super excited that it was finally time to do the lost city trek, which I had been reading about for months!
La Ciudad Perdida (the Lost City) is a Pre-Inca civilization located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It was built by the Tayrona people around 800 AD, and while indigenous tribes have lived there for forever, it was only discovered in the early 1970s by looters. Because of guerrilla and paramilitary groups activity in the area, the Ciudad Perdida trek has only recently been open for tourism and is safe to travel to. It’s really amazing, so I recommend you go visit soon before it becomes more of a tourist attraction!
It’s unique for a few reasons: It’s a 46.6 km route accessible only by one walking path. It crosses jungles, valleys, and has river crossings and steep inclines. Did I mention it was 95 degrees and humid? Thankfully we passed a few waterfalls and swimming holes a day and got to cool off before re-applying sunscreen and tons of mosquito spray. Another highlight was passing through the Kogi tribe villages, who still live by farming and have preserved their culture. It was amazing to hear their language, learn about their customs and see their interactions.
The trek also brought together a really awesome group of hikers! Our group had people from Portugal, Finland, Australia, England, the higher arctic in Canada and me.
Check out the pictures below.