COLOMBIA – 8 Days Santa Marta to Cartagena with The Lost City Trek

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Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG)
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Bucket List Group Travel > Global Bucket List > COLOMBIA – 8 Days Santa Marta to Cartagena with The Lost City Trek

Check off from your bucket list this amazing 8 days adventure in Colombia taking you from Santa Marta to Tayrona Park, followed by The Lost City trek also called Ciudad Perdida is the archaeological site of an ancient city in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is believed to have been founded about 800 CE, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. This location is also known as “Teyuna” and “Buritaca 200”. Learn Colombian Salsa dancing in Cartagena, enjoy the local culture and cuisine and more on this fun trip.

The Lost City trekking information:

Distance: About 44 km (28 miles) out and back, with 2,700 m (9,000 ft) of elevation gain and loss.

Duration: 4 days.

Visited Places:

• Santa Marta

• Rodadero Beach

• Tayrona NP 

• La Sierra Nevada mountain range

• The Lost City

• Cartagena

Travel Experience:
  • Small groups adventure
  • Adventure / Hiking The Lost City
  • Colombian cuisine & local culture
  • National Parks 
  • Beach
  • Salsa lesson

6 Reasons To Book This Trip

1. Affordable Adventure – Traveling with a like-minded group is not only fun but also it’s cost-effective instead of traveling solo.

2. Forget About The Planning – We take care of permits, transportation, and logistics, so all you have to do is show up.

3. Shared Photos – At the end of every trip we will have a google photo album where we share our wonderful tour pictures. We can also share to this website and multiply the memories!

4. Make New Friends – On every trip you will meet new people, it’s a good opportunity to make friends for your life while enjoying the group event.

5. Group Leader –  Event organizer will be there every step of the way, making sure that the trip goes as smoothly as possible.

6. Unforgettable Memories – All events are designed keeping in mind to have an unforgettable memory of your lifetime.

Tour Start


Tour End




  • Arrival: Day01 arrive before 3pm 
Airport: Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG)
  • Return: Day08 anytime after 9am (Flexible)
Airport: Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG)

Tour Dates 2021:

20 Mar – 27 Mar

29 May – 5 June

20 Nov – 27 Nov

Meeting Point
  • The group meets at the arrival airport or at the hotel on Day01.
  • More details will be provided via group chat on WhatsApp
  • Seat available till the booking is open!
  • Balance due 2 months before the tour departure date!
* Minimum number of members requires for all group tour. Please confirm with the organizer before any flight booking!

Cartagena - Santa Marta

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Arrival to Cartagena and get transferred to Santa Marta (4 hrs drive)

This is the arrival day for all participants in Santa Marta (the Colombian Caribbean Site), upon arrival you will check-in at the Hotel located in the heart of the city.

Then you will have a free afternoon to explore the city and its wide beautiful beach on your own pace or just relax and enjoy the sunset from the hotel rooftop. We will have our briefing lead by our Trip Leader at 6:30 pm at the hotel lobby.

Activities Included:
  • N/A – Free time
  • Hotel in Santa Marta



This will be a medium scale-hiking day (good training for the Lost City).

Tayrona Park is located at 45 minutes from Santa Marta by car. 
The program includes a 2 hours hike to Cabo San Juan ( 6 km / 3.7miles), visit Arrecife, arenillas, la piscine and San Juan.

On arrival, you will have time to take pictures and enjoy the beach with some free time.

For the return, you can always get the easy way horse-back ride (USD 15 – one way). 

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing/walking/hiking
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel in Santa Marta

LOST CITY TREK - Alfredo Camp

hiker at lost city trek

It is time to be ready for one of the most incredible and amazing hikes overall South America, it is a hidden place in the middle of La Sierra Nevada mountain range. This is an exciting hike, where you will visit remote areas surrounded by just primary forest and local communities.

On this day, we will drive you towards El Mamey Village where we will serve lunch and get the energy to start the first hike up to Alfredo ́s Camp Site. It will be 12 km approx. ( 6.5 miles ) upon arrival, you will get your bed (the type of Campsites in this area are very basic – bunk beds with mosquito nets. So get prepared to live this unique experience 🙂

Activities Included:
  • Sightseeing/walking/hiking
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Alfredo Camp


LOST CITY TREK - Paraiso Camp

group crossing river on the lost city trek

We leave from Alfredo’s cabin to Paraíso’s cabin, the closest to the Lost City, is a 14.7- km (9 miles) journey, which will take approximately 8 hours. During the excursion, you will visit the MUTANYI indigenous people, where you can take pictures and interact with the population. Likewise, enjoy the fabulous waters of the BURITACA River. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. The bedrooms for this day will be in beds or hammocks with mosquito net.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing/walking/hiking
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Paraiso Camp



the lost city

5:00 am starting with breakfast, but you won’t have to pack right away because on this day we will take you to visit the Lost City which is very close from the Campsite, so you only need the hiking gear, camera and more energy to climb over 1200 steps that are guarding this Archeological Complex!!!.

Admire the sacred place and enchanted by the Indian and their ancestors for more than 700 years. You will have time to take the best pictures, usually, in the morning the weather is very good and sunny.

Enjoy a guided tour around many sites at the complex and finally, you will return to the Camp for lunch, packing, shower and start your way back to a Wiwa Camp for the night.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing/walking/hiking
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Wiwa Camp


LOST CITY TREK - Santa Marta

villages on lost city trek

Today with an early start, a final way back towards El Mamey village (15 Kms. or 10 miles), enjoy lunch before heading back to Santa Marta City for overnight (this day is a great combination between basic to comfort).

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing/walking/hiking 
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel in Santa Marta

Cartagena City Tour

salsa music in colombia

This is a fantastic drive from Santa Marta along the coastal Colombian highway admiring the Caribbean Sea all the time. Along the way we will stop at Barranquilla for a snack, and then we will continue towards Cartagena City.

Upon arrival, we will start Cartagena’s Tour, where you will explore with our expert guide the highlights of the city such as; Castillo de San Felipe, Getsemani neighbourhood, the commercial area and the downtown, which still exist since XVI century. Finally, we will arrive at our hotel to enjoy the rest of the afternoon admiring the sunset. Later get ready to learn some salsa moves – Colombian style.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing/walking/hiking
  • Cartagena City Tour
  • Colombian Salsa lesson
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel in Cartagena



Today is the last day, the tour ends after breakfast. Bid farewell to the group members and guide, hoping you will have loads of photos and great memories to share with your friends and family.

Activities Included:
  • Airport transfer
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast

Price Includes

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights hotel accommodations (Double Occupancy)
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (for Camping option)
  • Professional Tour Guide – (Spanish/English speaking)
  • All ground transportation (SUV / VAN)
  • Fabulous National Park Hikes / Walks
  • Entrance to all national parks
  • Cartagena city tour
  • Tayrona Park guided hike

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Meals (other than mentioned above)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips for guide
  • Travel insurance 
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I'm a solo traveler, can I still join the tour?

Yes of course, As all our tours are for solo travelers. You will travel with like-minded and fun-loving people who like to explore new destinations and activities like yourself.

I want to join with my partner or friends; is it possible?

No condition for fun! You can always join the group tours with anyone by your side either your partner or a group of crazy friends. We make sure to arrange accommodation and all other activities accordingly. Do you want to know the lined-up list of tours; please check our tour finder section for more details.

I am travelling solo, do I have to pay single supplement?

No. All trip prices are based on double occupancy rooms. You will be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender to share the accommodation. If you enrolled with another person, you’ll room with that person. Although single supplement option is available if you prefer a room for yourself. If you are interested in a single room please select the single supplement package while booking.

What are the accommodation options?

We offer luxurious hotels, budgeted motels, spontaneous camps, handy lodges and every other possibility at your destination.

What is cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking cancellation fees could apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

More than 60 days prior to departure you will receive a full refund less deposit amount
Between 45 to 60 days prior to departure we will retain the deposit or 50% of the amount paid (whichever is greater)
Less than 45 days prior to departure we receive the right to not refund any of the costs paid

Do I need a Travel Medical insurance?

Yes, Travel insurance is required for all international trips. Insurance covers (and reimburses you) for things like trip cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay, lost or delayed baggage, medical coverage, medical evacuation, etc.

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