"The Lost City in the Jungle" Ciudad Perdida by jungles

Ciudad Perdida Travel Guide: 51 reviews and 203 photos

The trek to Ciudad Perdida is a wonderful adventure and is a highlight of Colombia that should not be missed by anyone who is fit enough to hike through the jungle for six days. The ruins, though known to the local Tayrona indians for hundreds of years, were not discovered by the rest of the world until 1972, when a group of grave robbers searching for treasure stumbled upon the 1200 moss-covered steps that lead to the ancient city, which they called Green Hell. Three years later, after items like gold figurines and ceramic urns had turned up on the black market, the Colombian government announced the discovery of what it called Ciudad Perdida: the Lost City.

Throughout the trek the scenery is beautiful, and there are also plenty of opportunities to experience the local culture, whether it's a visit to a Tayrona village or a makeshift cocaine factory. If you are lucky with the group you join, you may also make some great friends along the way. There are so many great aspects of the trek that it would be worthwhile even without the ruins, though they are certainly beautiful.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful ruins, scenery, and local culture
  • Cons:The terrible mosquitoes. Getting lost on my own was no fun either.
  • In a nutshell:A fantastic adventure for anyone who fancies they have a bit of Indiana Jones in them.
  • Last visit to Ciudad Perdida: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Jun 30, 2006
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  • Hermanater's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    Happy Birthday.. You did an amazing job on your pages.....

  • Elisabcn's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    I virtually visited Ciudad Perdida with you, now I hope to visit it really soon. Nice and informative tips, thanks for sharing. Elisa

  • jdsgville70's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Hey jungles, ever hear of these called "escaleras a pueblito"? That's what they called them when I did the trip in the summer of 1972. Looks like it's still fun. Thanks.

  • Mateosh's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    I did this trek last year in June, and it was awsome. Your trip there sounds a lot like mine. What a cool place. Happy travels.

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2007 at 12:12 AM

    This hike sounds great and you describe it very well. I'll look out for that guide you recommend if we decide to do it.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Even without the donkey a fascinating read.

  • leonik's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2006 at 2:20 PM

    buenos dias! how have you been? still dreaming of visiting colombia soon. am looking at internship opportunities in this country!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2006 at 7:31 AM

    An amazing adventure indeed. I liked your fine photos and well-written descriptions. Too bad about the mosquitoes, though. It seems like all the really fantastic places have mosquitoes, for some reason. (Not only in the jungle, in the far North, too.)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2006 at 9:30 AM

    Ciudad Perdida sounds to be an amazing place to visit! I'm now thinking of skipping other places in Colombia to do the trek. Wish I would have more time!

  • canuckmike's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2006 at 3:14 PM

    Pretty cool trip. Possibly considering it for a future trip. Good page.

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