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Organising a Tour

Favorite thing: To visit Ciudad Perdida you must go on an organised tour; it is very dangerous to attempt the trek on your own, as both paramilitaries and guerrilla rebels are active in the area. Turcol is a company in Santa Marta that was set up by the paramilitaries who control the region, and it is the only company that is allowed to organise treks to Ciudad Perdida. Treks usually leave every day or every other day, and they last for six days, or five if you're in a hurry, but in that case you will have to do alot of walking on the fifth day.

There are several guides who work for Turcol; Edwin Rey is one who is highly recommended. We were initially assigned to a guide named Omar, but the owners of our hotel told us he had been suspected of stealing from previous trekkers. We also caught him in a couple of lies before we set out, and so we insisted that we wanted to go with Edwin instead. Because of our demands, Edwin and Omar agreed to combine their two groups, so we all went together and Edwin essentially did all of the guiding while Omar just tagged along. Edwin is a great guide, and we had some wonderful porters/cooks as well. The cost of the tour was 400,000 pesos each, which is about US$150. The same price applies whether you do the trek in five or six days.

Turcol is on the main street in Santa Marta facing the ocean, address Carrera 1C No 20-15 Santa Marta.
Tel: 4333737

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  • Updated Jul 1, 2006
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