It’s believed the Lost City was once at the heart of several small villages inhabited by the Tayrona people. It was probably their political center and may also have played an important role in trade and manufacturing, given its position on the Buritaca River. The only way to visit is to walk there, a 44km five-day hike that includes several river crossings and steep climbs. The walk is moderately difficult and requires a good level of fitness. It finishes by climbing the 1,200 stone steps that lead to the Lost City.
The Lost City is hidden deep in Colombia’s jungle and consists of around 170 stone terraces carved into a mountain, with numerous small “plazas” and connecting “streets”. These are the remains of a city built in around 800AD, some 650 years before Peru’s Machu Picchu.
Hiking to Lost City!
Vacation in the mountains of Colombia