Lost City Trek - book when in Colombia??
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Mar 12, 2013 11:05 AM Last Post By: jonniebryant
Feb 25, 2013 7:43 AM
15Did the Ciudad Perdida 2 weeks ago ( now back in the German winter :-( ) There seem to be tours going every day, if not by all of the 4 tour companies separately, they pool their customers. if you are short on time and of reasonable fitness you can do the tour in 4 instead of the usual 5 days, providing there are sufficient people ( 4 walkers, in my case ). You basically combine day 2 & 3 of the 5 day tour to a 7-8 hour walking single day. The whole area seemed absolutely safe to me, there is an army outpost at the Ciudad Perdida itself. Some of the local indigena tribes grow coca, but it is one of their traditional herbal medicines/stimulants and part of their culture. The guides may explain to you what a "poporo" is. The trek is quite scenic with the river and jungle, but the highlight for me was defintely the lost city itself, and more so the setting of it. Also there were hardly any mosquitos around, 2 weeks ago. The food offered by the tour company ( I went with Magic Tours ) was plentiful ( many fresh, delicious fruits ) and quite decent. make sure that the water you drink is treated. Another group of walkers all suffered from diarroea, after drinking the water from camp 1, according to them.
Park Tayrona ( the Eastern beach side ) you can reach by bus or taxi. Behind the entrance gate there is another shuttle bus ( leaves when full ) to the start of the foot track at Canaveral. It is another hour on foot from there to Arrecifes, the first camps at the beach, and app. a further 20-30 min. to Cabo San Juan from there. I would recommend staying at one of the camps at Arrecifes ( less crowded and quite decent food options ) and them walking along the beach to Arranilla or Cabo bay. The little bay at Arranilla ( before Cabo San Juan, coming from Arrecifes ) was my favourite with a small food stall selling fresh juice and ceviche. Park Tayrona is beautiful but a bit crowded in places and actually quite expensive in regards to entrance fee, accomodation and food options.
Feb 25, 2013 8:06 PM
16Great input, Rheingauner, thanks! I'm pretty sure we'll do the four day trek since we're avid hikers anyway and in good enough shape to pull that off. We don't need to stretch it out just to walk less each day. Good to know about the water!
Would booking w/ a tour group for Tayrona just be easier than doing it on our own? Do tours take people right to the beach, or is the walking still involved? I know, I just said how much we love to hike, haha, but more time at the beach would be preferable I think, especially if we're trekking the following four days (and later in El Cocuy).
Feb 26, 2013 4:06 AM
17I believe that the tour companies which offer the Ciudad Perdida tour also offer tours to Park Tayrona ( Magic Tours, Expotours, Turcol and Guias & Baiquanos ). You might be able to get a discount if you book both tours with them ? I guess you still have to walk or use a horse/mule from the end of the paved road in Canaveral to the beach, even with a tour. I'am not sure, but I did not see a road or any vehicles going to beaches. Another option would be to catch the once daily boat from Taganga to Cabo San Juan ( 40.000 COP / person ), this way you cut out most of the walking ( or none, if you stay at Cabo San Juan ) If you have your own tent, the best campsite appeared to be "Yulaka" at Arrecifes with a big grassy tent area as welll as good showers & toilets.
BTW, congratulations for going to El Cocuy. The trekking there is simply outstanding. Are you going on the 6 day tour ?
Feb 27, 2013 2:11 AM
18Another way to do a day trip to Tayrona is get the boat from Taganga straight to Cabo San Juan (the nicest beach). We met a few people who did this. Getting a bus and walking will take you a very long time and is not recommended for a day tour. We stayed there for 3 nights (camping at Arrecifes), which allowed us to see all the beaches as you spend quite a bit of time walking between them.
Mar 12, 2013 12:39 AM
Mar 12, 2013 11:05 AM
20As per the consensus on the thread...I would book when you get to Santa Marta as there are numerous agencies and you can get better deals. There is a guide to the trek which I wrote here:
and also a wider guide on Colombia here:
If you want any other information then I'd be happy to try and help out.
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