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Travel back 1,000 years to the Lost City of the Sierra Nevada. Soak in the sights and the sounds of the remote jungle as you travel to a far corner of Colombia. 

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Bogotá's historic district and check out the city's famous plazas 
  • Jump off waterfalls and take a refreshing swim in the Buritaca River
  • Trek through indigenous villages and pristine jungle on your way to ancient ruins

GROUP DEPARTURES

Join as a solo traveler or with friends to experience these amazing destinations with fellow travelers from all over. We guarantee all group departure dates even if only one person is signed up. We recommend asking how many people are currently in your group before booking. 

*See more on difficulty levels here.

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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 Airport (BOG) by 1pm and conclude expedition

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Please note: 

Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart in Colombia. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers. See our Cancellation Policy.

WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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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!
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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.
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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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Day 1:  Bogotá

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. Be sure to visit the gold museum if you have time!

Peak Altitude: 8,612 ft (2625 m)

Inclusions: Airport transfer, accommodations  

 
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Day 2:  Bogotá

Head out for a city tour! Visit a local market and try traditional Colombian foods and exotic fruits, check out the city's famous plazas, and tour La Candelaria, Bogotá's historic district. That evening join your fellow OneSeeders for a welcome dinner, where you will get the chance to try some of the local cuisine.

Peak Altitude: 8,612ft (2625 m)

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

 
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Day 3: Bogotá to Camp 1

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.

Peak Altitude: 787 ft (240 m)

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

 
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Day 4: Camp 1 to Camp 2

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.

Peak Altitude: 1,673 ft (510 m)

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

Inclusions: Full board and camping accommodations

 
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Day 5: Camp 2 to Camp 3

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!

Peak Altitude: 3,773 ft (1150 m)

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

Inclusions: Full board and camping accommodations

 
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Day 6: Camp 3 to Camp 2

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.

Peak Altitude: 2,723 ft (830 m)

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

Inclusions: Full board and camping accommodations

 
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Day 7: Camp 2 to Santa Marta

Continue the descent toward Mamey and enjoy a final day under the lush canopy. Pick up the van that will take you back to Santa Marta. Join your fellow OneSeeders for a final dinner to celebrate your accomplishments.

Peak Altitude: 1,673 ft (510 m)

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

Inclusions: Full board, ground transportation and accommodations

 

Day 8: Santa Marta to Bogotá

Catch a mid-morning flight and return to Bogotá (BOG) airport by 1pm and conclude your expedition.

Peak Altitude: 8,612ft (2625 m)

Inclusions: Breakfast, domestic flight


NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items

  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)

  • international airfare and meals during travel

  • snacks during trek

  • beverages outside of designated meals

 

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 services

  • all ground transportation to/from trail

 

*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 conditions, see here.


Trip Extensions

WHAT TO BRING

 

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 at the hotel in Santa Marta during your expedition. See current weather conditions for Bogota and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.

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

 

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Colombia.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Colombia here.

 

The List (check it twice)

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 tights
  • Light 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 

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (to be carried at all times)
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.
  • Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills

Other (optional)

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

ELEVATION (FT.)

 

Temperature (℉)

CLIMATE

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 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 rivers 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.

Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

  • If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.
  • Your expedition ends on Day 8 at 12:30 pm upon arrival to the airport in Bogota. We ask that you not book your outgoing flight until after 3 pm in case there are any delays with your early morning domestic flight.

DO I NEED A VISA? WHAT ABOUT PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS?

  • Visas are not required for US citizens for tourist visits less than 90 days. Please keep your passport with you at all times during your expedition.
  • In order to enter the country, you are required to provide an address where you will be staying. Please take note of this hotel and address:
    Hotel Casa Deco
    Calle 12 #2-36
    Bogota, Colombia
  • Visit the State Department website for Colombia entry/exit requirements.
  • Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.

WHAT IS INCLUDED ON MY TRIP?

All inclusions for Hidden Colombia are listed on the itinerary page.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY TRIP IS ALTERED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

Tips are always appreciated. We have developed this chart to act as a guide. Averages below are based on per person recommendations.

  • One Head Guide: $6-8/day
  • One Assistant Guide: $2-5/day

WHAT IS THE ELEVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

The highest elevation you will reach on your trip is 8,612 ft in Bogota and 3,800 ft. on the trek. Trekking and traveling at high elevation is generally not a concern below 10,000 ft.

DOES SOMEONE CARRY MY PACK? WHEN?

You are responsible for carrying your backpack during the entirety of your trip. The climate during the trek will be warm and humid. As such, you won't have to pack many layers and your bag can be kept fairly light.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

Before hitting the trail, you will have the opportunity to drop any extra luggage off at the hotel in Santa Marta where you will be staying for one night after the trek. Leaving extra bags at the hotel during your trek is free of charge.

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Colombia.

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

It should be fine to brush your teeth with the water in Bogota but stick to bottled water for drinking whenever you're in the city. While on the trail, there is always a giant bucket of purified water at each camp. To avoid getting sick, do not drink the river water or water from faucets at the camp.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT ON THE TREK?

  • Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast on the trail may include toast, eggs, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, and coffee. Lunch is always a sit-down meal that may include fried chicken or fish, fried plantains with beans and rice, or slaw salad. Dinner may include meals like fried chicken or fish, fried plantains with beans and rice, pasta and red sauce, slaw salad, and fresh fruit.
  • OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email go@oneseedexpeditions.com. We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON THE TRAIL?

On the trail, you will be sleeping in an open-air basic shelter with shared dorm-style bunk beds and nearby bathroom facilities. Mosquito nets are provided as are sleeping pads. A comfortable sleeping bag and earplugs are highly recommended! These overnight stops are a great place to meet other travelers, take a refreshing shower, or have a beer after a long day of hiking. Just don't forget to bring a little extra cash for beer and snacks.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

The weather in the Sierra Nevada is generally hot and humid. Be prepared to be a bit sweaty, but take comfort in the many opportunities to dip in cool rivers and streams throughout the trek. We recommend a light fleece to have for the slightly cooler evenings. Visit the terrain page to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for the area.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR MY TREK?

This expedition requires an average level of fitness and the ability to hike over variable terrain. Daily mileage will average 5-9 miles and 4-8 hours duration on a typical day. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Colombia is recommended.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Visit the packing list section above for a detailed list of required and optional items for your trip.

BE SAFE, BE RESPONSIBLE, & BE RESPECTFUL

  • We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Spanish with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.
  • The Lost City of Colombia is nestled in the beautiful Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. The area is home to indigenous communities including the Wiwa, Kogi, Arhuaco (or Ika), and Kankuamo - all of whom are descendants of the Tairona, the ancient civilization that built the Lost City to which you are trekking. You will be hiking past a handful of indigenous villages on your way and we ask that all travelers be respectful of the local people and their land, and not take photos of people without prior consent.

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