The Lost City Archaeological Park (Ciudad Perdida) is located 900 and 1200 meters above sea level, on the north side of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Among the 26 archaeological sites so far found in Buritaca River Basin, Lost City seems to be the most extensive and monumental, therefore it is assumed it was the political power among the all villages located in the upper basin.
Although it is estimated that Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) was founded around 1000 AD, hundreds of years before Machu Picchu, recent research has found the oldest residential areas are approximately 650 AD and inhabited until at least 1100 or 1200 AD. Some archaeologists believe that in the sixteenth century Ciudad Perdida may have had 1500 – 2000 inhabitants. The use of circles on platforms, open spaces, circulation, and movement in the villages are elements of Tairona architecture. These striking elements can be found in the extensive network of roads, internal stairs, and platforms of The Lost City.
Santa Marta – Mamey Region – First station.
9:00 am departure from Santa Marta to Mamey Region. The drive and tour lasts about three hours. From Mamey, you walk uphill to the first station. Sleep in hammocks overnight.
Breakfast 7:00 am. Departure 9:00 am. Descend by foot into a valley formed by the river Buritaca, where some indigenous houses are scattered in the small town of Mutanzhi. Continue to a cabin for the night.
Breakfast 6:30 am. Departure 7:00 am. Hiking starts in the Kogi and Arsario indigenous areas and in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Natural National park. Visit indigenous houses and old trails left by the ancient inhabitants of the region. Cross Buritaca river to reach the hut where you will sleep for the night. Dinner is served at 6:00 pm.
The Lost City
Breakfast 8:00 am. Begin with a two hour journey to The Lost City. Recognize the platforms built by the ancient Tayrona, distributed according to social organization. You can also take a dip in the well of youth. Return to the cabin.
Return to Santa Marta
Breakfast 6:00 am. Departure 7:00 am. 6 – 7 hours walking before going by car from el Mamey to Santa Marta. You arrive approximately 4:00 pm.
Carry light weight. It is important to pack only the essentials. You must be in good health. The Lost City archaeological park has no garbage collection service, so it is necessary to take all trash to Santa Marta. The area visited has no cell signal.
Temperate is humid and very rainy with cold nights of 18 – 22 ° C.
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