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Alternative Lost City (2 Days)


Alternative Lost City (2 Days)


This Hike includes:

    • Donama Sacred Stone


    • Housing at local (Camping and bonfire)


    • Wonderfull Lagoon and Waterfall


    • Optional canyoning


    • Archeological site of the Alternative Lost city


    • Speech about Native Indians near the archeological site and village


The ancient Tayrona culture has left behind numerous remains, providing insights into their civilization. A recent discovery that can help visitors learn about this ancient culture is the archaeological ruins of the alternate Lost City near Tayrona, located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This site is a great alternative to the famous Ciudad Perdida tour for those who have little time or want a more convenient option.

The site’s holds a symbolic name which can be translated as “place of the stones that speak,” which relates to the rock carvings found on its terraces that seem to tell a story to visitors. The locals have dubbed this archeological site the “second Lost City” due to its comparison to Ciudad Perdida, although it is less extensive. The terraces of this place can be visited in a 2 or 3 -days expedition, making it a great alternative for those with limited time or who find the Ciudad Perdida tour too demanding.

The physical effort required is less, and visitors can spend one or two additional days exploring other cultural sites in the area. To reach the terraces, visitors will require a guide as the path are not indicated on geolocalisation map applications. The tour that includes visiting Donama stones, 3 meals per day, transportation to the starting place of the hike overnight near the archaeological ruins, and continuing the next day to one of the entrances of Tayrona Park or Santa Marta. There are few accommodation options near the ruins, therefore the tour includes an authentic night stay at some locals living in the area. This destination is still developing from a tourist perspective, which provides an opportunity to discover a new place that connects nature, culture, and adventure.


What is included

Guidance to the different sites and assistance all day
First medical aid
Housing in authentic local place
3 meals a day
Transportation from/to Santa Marta (taxi, Moto taxi depending on the tour you selected)
Entrance the archeological site, native village or Tayrona park (depending on the tour you selected)

What should you bring

  • Rain coat (raining season from September to November but exeptions may occurs
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Long pants
  • Hiking or sports shoes

7 reviews for Alternative Lost City (2 Days)

  1. Dave Lerouge

    I cannot recommend this hike agency enough! The hike to the Lost City was challenging but well worth it, and the guides were excellent. They really took the time to explain the history and culture of the Kogi and Tayrona people, which made the trip even more meaningful.

  2. Henry

    The hike to the Lost City with this agency was absolutely amazing. The guides were knowledgeable and passionate about the Kogi and Tayrona culture, and the scenery along the way was breathtaking. It was an experience that I will never forget.

  3. alice

    This Anciestral Hike and their guides provided an unforgettable experience for me and my friends. The hike to the Lost City was tough, but the views were stunning and the guides were incredibly knowledgeable. We learned so much about the Kogi and Tayrona culture and had a great time doing it

  4. Nicole

    If you’re looking for an adventure that’s both physically challenging and intellectually stimulating, then this hike agency is the way to go. The hike to the Alternative Lost City was tough but rewarding, and the guides were truly helpful and passionate

  5. Martin G.

    Kevin and Gabo offered us a truly amazing experience for me and my group. The hike to the alternative Lost City was tough, but the organisation was incredibly and the people we ve met were knowledgeable about the Kogi and Tayrona culture, which made the trip even more meaningful. Highly recommend!

  6. Laura Calde

    I had a fantastic time hiking to this site The guides were passionate the meals were basic but good enough (must like fruits) We ve leraned a lot about the Kogi and Tayrona culture, and the hike itself was challenging but doable. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking, and I learned so much on this trip.

  7. Robin M.

    The hike to Minca and Lost City with was the highlight of my trip to Colombia. 4 days of pure happinnes and sweat. The guides shared fascinating insights about the natives culture, and the stunning scenery en route made it all the more worthwhile.

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