The Lost City Trek To Ciudad Perdida, Columbia

The Challenge

This trek is the real Indiana Jones experience. Rivers to cross, pack horses, jungle trails, hills valleys, animals and creatures of all descriptions and fabulous scenery.

We fly to Cartagena, the location for ‘Romancing the Stone’ film. We are taken in a minibus to Santa Marta and next day we have time to look around the town and swim in the Caribbean. Next day we start the trek which lasts 5 days as we walk 65 miles return trip to the Lost City.

The walk is very undulating but there are regular stops for fruit and drinks on the way and usually daily there is time for a swim at some point in the clear river that runs through the valley. Each night we stay in a camp and have a choice of a bed or a hammock to sleep in with mosquito nets for protection. Often at night, the sound of very large but harmless toads can be heard close by. Meals are provided each day with breakfast, a large lunch and evening meal.

We usually have an early start each day before the sun gets too hot. Appropriate headwear for protection is advised.

Nearing the Lost City we should see parrots and monkeys as well as large spiders, grasshopper, frogs and black squirrels. We have 1200 steps to ascend steeply just before the city then on arrival, a further 400 steps from the first base to the top one. The views all round are breathtaking as we have two hours or more to rest, eat and wander the lost city taking lots of photos.

We return to the previous base camp to spend the night before trekking back the next day to where we started and a final meal there before returning to Santa Marta.

Challenge details

Duration: 6 days

Grade: tough

Challenge date

The expected date to leave UK is 15th October 2020, arriving back in UK on 24th October. (Dates may alter slightly depending on flights)

Travel Date for the 2021 trek – 1st March

Challenge prices

Total cost for 2020 is £1800.

A similar trip with other companies costs around £2600.

This trip is a lot cheaper that other companies due to direct personal service and sourcing of established local companies and qualified guides in the trek area.

Due to fuel costs rising, the airlines sometimes charge a fuel supplement. In common with similar companies, in the unlikely event that there is a fuel cost supplement charged, you must pay this, but Outdoor Challenge Events will cap it at £250 meaning we will stand the difference.

Do you want to take the challenge of a lifetime with a professional company and walk to The Lost City in the steps of Indiana Jones? This trip is like that! It is safe but exciting!

What is included

All meals from arriving in Columbia to arriving at the airport for the return home, apart from the lunch on the first and last day in Santa Marta when you will be on a free informal day out around the town.

Flights from UK to Cartagena, Colombia return.

Accommodation in Columbia for the duration of the trip. Depending on our location each day, we need to bear in mind that we are in a different country and standards are different to ours and while on the trek we will not have the comforts we have back home.

All non-alcoholic drinks that are part of the meals throughout the trip.

What is not included

Your personal clothing (kit list to be advised)

Any tips you may wish to give

Any meals and drinks other than those specified and planned


Your own private Insurance

Any additional transportation other than that specified

Detailed itinerary

Day 1

We fly to Cartagena where we are met and taken to Santa Marta in a minibus to our accommodation.

Day 2

We have free time to look around Santa Marta, swim in the Caribbean or find some bargains in the many shops. You can relax for a drink in one of the many bars and cafes in the town.

Trek day 1

We are collected from our accommodation and taken in 4x4s off road for several miles to a small village and the start of our trek. As we leave civilisation, the narrow track winds up and into jungle and after three hours walk we come to the first stop for the night. There is opportunity for swimming in a large river pool. Food is cooked and we sleep in hammocks after, as we recall the days events.

Trek day 2

We walk for approx 7 hours on the undulating path through the jungle with stops for refreshing fruit and rest from the heat. A swim may be available if time permits. Eventually we arrive at Pariso Teyuna camp and after showers can relax with a healthy meal.

Trek day 3

An early start to walk before sun gets too hot and it is more fabulous scenery, animals and experiences on route as we trek to the Wiwa Indian camp, El Marmey. Then on to the Lost City, ascending 1200 ancient steps and a further 400 steps in the city to the higher plateau. A lunch is provided here as we have plenty of time for photographs and to take in the awesome views at our destination. We walk back to the camp for the night.

Trek day 4

We return to a camp further down the trail and there is a swimming stop again here.

Trek day 5

We walk back to the start and have a final meal, reflecting on the experience we have had and the unforgettable moments of this expedition.

Day 6

We again have the day to swim in the Caribbean and wander the town for last minute presents then it is the celebration dinner in the evening.

Day 7

We have an early pickup and are taken back to Cartagena airport for the flight home, arriving back early on the next day.

Day 8

Arrive home in the morning.