Ciudad Perdida, or the Lost City, is located near Columbia's northern coast 40km south-east of Santa Marta. It is one of the largest pre-Hispanic cities discovered in the Americas, built by the Tayronas between the 11th and 14th centuries. The Tayronas were wiped out by the conquering Spaniards and the city disappeared underneath the jungle vegetation until it was rediscovered in 1975. There are about 150 stone terraces which were used as foundations for buildings which have been well preserved. Ciudad Perdida can only be reached on a 6 day round trip trek from El Mamey on organised tours from Santa Marta. At an altitude of up to 1,300 metres, the uphill trek can be tiring in the heat, in addition to the muddy paths, creeks to wade across and possibility of guerrilla activity in the area.
Travel to Ciudad Perdida
Organised group tours: Click here to see 13 tours to Colombia which may include Ciudad Perdida.