Lost City: what should I know about this destination?

Ciudad Perdida qué debo saber sobre este destino expotur

The Lost City is also known as Teyuna or Buritaca-200. This archaeological site was built by the Tayronas approximately in the year 8000 A.D. About 650 years before Machu Picchu. In this blog we will share with you some of the main questions asked by people who want to know this ecotourism destination.

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Where is the Lost City located?

The Lost City is situated in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is currently considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Colombia and is one of the seven wonders of the country.

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How much is the entrance fee to Ciudad Perdida?

The cost of the tour to Ciudad Perdida is 1.150.000 COP for the year 2021. This value includes the entrance to the archaeological park, transportation, food, lodging in the camps, guide, travel insurance and the most important thing is that by taking this tour, the indigenous communities and inhabitants of the region benefit economically.

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How many terraces are there in the Lost City?

In the Ciudad Perdida-Teyuna Archaeological Park, 169 stone terraces can be found. It is worth noting that, in investigations conducted by experts, it was found that there were previously 250, but with the passage of time, the period of abandonment by the Tayronas and climatic conditions, this number was reduced.

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How to get to the Lost City?

To get to Ciudad Perdida the first thing you must do is hire one of the five agencies authorized to enter the archaeological park.

When you take the tour with Expotur, the adventure begins in our offices, where a 4×4 van picks us up to take us to the Mamey region. From this place the people will begin the hikes to the sacred place of the Tayrona.

We invite you to read the detailed itinerary.

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How to get to Ciudad Perdida from Bogotá?

To get to Ciudad Perdida from Bogota or any other place in Colombia or the world, the first thing you must do is go to the city of Santa Marta. You can take a flight or go by land transportation, depending on your place of origin and budget.

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What to bring to the Lost City?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions about Ciudad Perdida. Below, we share with you our recommendations on what to bring to Ciudad Perdida:

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Take a bottle of water

Carry a water bottle of at least 1.5 liters, this will be useful for the initial hike from Machete to Camp 1. This thermos can be recharged at the drinking water supplies at the campsites.

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Lightweight backpack

The hikes are long and demanding, carry only what is necessary to avoid the weight hindering your pace.

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Comfortable clothing

Wear comfortable and quick-drying clothes. We also recommend that you bring long pants and sweatshirts for the evenings, as these are usually cooler.

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Appropriate shoes

The best option is specialized boots for mountain trails or “trekking boots”. In case you do not have them, it is best to wear a good pair of tennis shoes that do not have flat soles, as you could slip and hurt yourself.

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Swimming suit

We will pass by waterfalls where you can bathe. During the rainy season, the guide may not authorize bathing to avoid putting your safety at risk. However, it is better to go to the Lost City prepared.

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swimming in the waterfall of the Lost City

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Sunscreen and insect repellent

Ideally, these should be environmentally friendly. We will be in contact with nature, so we must preserve it and avoid the negative impact that traditional chemical products may leave in these environments.

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Personal hygiene kit

Bring your towel, soap, shampoo, deodorant and any other toiletries that you consider necessary or that you use regularly.

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Flashlight

The camps have power generators; however, there is a schedule for turning off the lights. In case you want to go to the bathroom you will need a light so you don’t trip on the way.

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Camera

If you don’t have a camera, you can use your cell phone camera. There are some campsites that have electrical outlets so you can charge your devices.

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Books or small board games

In the evenings, after dinner, you will have free time. You can relax and read your favorite book or take advantage of the time to get to know other travelers.

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Extra money

In the camps you will be able to buy snacks, beer, water, ice cold soda, among other products.


Do you have any other questions about the Lost City? Leave it in the comments and we will gladly answer you.


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