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Travel back 1000 years to the Lost City of the Sierra Nevada. Soak in the sights and the sounds of the untouched jungle as you travel to a remote corner of Colombia. 

 

Price: Starting from $1,862

Duration: 8 days (December-August)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

 
 

PRICE: $2190

Student (15% discount): $1862
Private Departure (1-4 pax): $2847
Private Departure (5-10 pax): $2190

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Bogotá
Day 2: City tour of Bogotá
Day 3: Fly to Santa Marta and hike to Camp 1
Day 4: Hike to Camp 2
Day 5: Hike to Camp 3
Day 6: Hike to the Lost City and return to Camp 2
Day 7: Complete trek and head to Santa Marta
Day 8: Return to Bogotá and conclude expedition by 12:30pm

Please note: Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Colombia. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

Arrival DateEnd DateStatus
December 9, 2016December 16, 2016Open
December 27, 2016January 3, 2017Open
January 13, 2017January 20, 2017Open
January 27, 2017February 3, 2017Open
February 10, 2017February 17, 2017Open
February 24, 2017March 3, 2017Open
March 10, 2017March 17, 2017Open
March 24, 2017March 31, 2017Open
May 26, 2017June 2, 2017Open
June 9, 2017June 16, 2017Open
June 30, 2017July 7, 2017Open
August 18, 2017August 25, 2017Open
September 1, 2017September 8, 2017Open
December 8, 2017December 15, 2017Open
December 27, 2017January 3, 2018Open
January 12, 2018January 19, 2018Open
January 26, 2018February 2, 2018Open
February 2, 2018February 9, 2018Open
February 16, 2018February 23, 2018Open

inclusions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • airport transfers
  • RT flight from Bogotá to Santa Marta
  • 2 nights accommodation in Bogotá
  • 1 night accommodation in Santa Marta
  • 4 nights camping
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • welcome and farewell dinners
  • guide & porter services
  • all ground transportation to/from trail

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

itinerary

Day 1: Bogotá (8,612ft/2625m). Arrive to Bogotá, where a OneSeed staff member will greet you and take you to our partner B&B. Take the afternoon to explore the city on your own before joining your fellow OneSeeders for a welcome dinner, where you will get the chance to try some of the local cuisine.

Inclusions: Airport transfer, welcome dinner and accommodations

Day 2: Bogotá (8,612ft/2625m). Head out for a city tour! Visit the old city, learn about Bogota’s extensive graffiti scene, check out the city's famous plazas, and tour La Candelaria, Bogotá's historic district.

Inclusions: Day tour with local guide, breakfast, and accommodations

Day 3: Bogotá to Camp 1 (787ft/240m). The adventure begins! Wake up early to catch the first flight to Santa Marta, a beautiful caribbean beach town and the oldest city in Colombia. Drive three hours to the trailhead and begin the trek to the Lost City. Enjoy the first sights and sounds of the jungle as you hike through this lush area before setting up camp for the night.

Total distance: 5 miles. Approximately 4-5 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Airport transfer, domestic flight, ground transportation, full board, camping accommodations

Day 4: Camp 1 to Camp 2 (1,673ft/510m). Continue your trek through the jungle. Pass by the indigenous town of Mutanshi and marvel at the well-constructed jungle huts that make up the town. There are plenty of opportunities to take a dip in a cool, clear stream along the way before having the evening to relax and rest your legs.

Total distance: 5 miles. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board and camping accommodations

Day 5: Camp 2 to Camp 3 (2,723ft/830m). After a hearty breakfast, follow along the ancient trail that leads to the Lost City. Cross the Buritaca river nine times as you continue the ascent! Weather permitting, head to the Lost City in the afternoon! End the day with a leg burner as you climb the 1,200 steps that lead to the Lost City. Learn about the history of the ruins as your guide shows you around. Enjoy solitude and stunning views as you try to imagine what the city would have been like when it was built in 800 AD!

Total distance: 6 miles. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board and camping accommodations

Day 6: Camp 3 to Camp 2 (1,673ft/510m). Return the way you came! Cross multiple suspension bridges, wade in the cool water, and listening to the parakeets chirping. Take rest at Camp 2 for the night.

Total distance: 5 miles. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board and camping accommodations

Day 7: Camp 2 to Santa Marta (20ft/6m). Continue the descent toward Mamey and enjoy a final day under the lush canopy. Pick up the 4WD vehicle that will take you back to Santa Marta. Join your fellow OneSeeders for a final dinner to celebrate your accomplishments.

Total distance: 9 miles. Approximately 7-8 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board, ground transportation and accommodations.

Day 8: Santa Marta to Bogotá (8,612ft/2625m). Catch a mid-morning flight back to Bogotá and conclude your expedition by 12:30pm.

Inclusions: Breakfast, domestic flight

End of services upon return to Bogotá Airport.

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditionssee here.


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PACKING LIST

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

See current weather conditions for Bogota, Colombia here.

See current weather conditions Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia here. 

Packing System: This expedition does not include porters. You are responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack.

Carried bag weight limit: n/a

Rentals Available: 

  • Not available on this expedition. 

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months upon arrival
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. 

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Bogotá/Santa Marta - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Synthetic shorts (zip-away pants are a great option)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Synthetic long underwear or fleece top
  • Synthetic T-shirt (2-3)
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (3)
  • Water sandals (for river crossings walking around the camp in the evening)
  • Swimsuit
  • Synthetic pants for evenings and bug protection
  • Backpack
  • Water bottles - 2
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine (basic showers are available on trail)
  • Sleeping bag liner (blankets are available for cooler nights)
  • Backpack cover
  • Insect repellent (long sleeves also provide protection)
  • Hat
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Collapsible hiking poles
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Bogotá (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

Colombia is one of the most diverse countries when it comes to climate. Ranging in elevation from sea level  to nearly 19,000 ft, the weather can change quickly depending on where you go. On the Hidden Colombia Expedition, you will be traveling to the Lost City, which is located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region.

The weather in this region is warm and wet year-round. It is the jungle! With the average highs in the upper 80s, having streams to jump into periodically will be a nice treat to cool you off during your trek. The lows in the evening tend to stay in the upper 60s, which is why a warm sleeping bag is not needed for this expedition.

Lost City Weather

 

Elevation


Hidden Colombia Reviews

We went on the Colombia expedition to Ciudad Perdida. It was a tough trek...really looked forward to that beer and arepas at the end of the day. The trip was well executed by the OneSeed staff and was the experience of a lifetime. Thank you!
I was very leery of taking a group tour—I’m used to traveling on my own and doing exactly what I want to do. However, my OneSeed Colombia trip totally changed my mind! It was amazing to just relax and enjoy the trip instead of stressing over the details. The trip was well organized, and the trek itself was a unique and lovely adventure. I would absolutely do another trip with them.
What a test of self and feat of accomplishment. The last two days I would have to say were most meaningful to me walking through relatively untouched terrain with virtually no one else around, reveling in a true sense of solitude in nature. Meeting and having the opportunity to engage with the local shaman was incredible.

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

Insure Your Trip

OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.   Travelex Cancellation and Interruption Insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.