5 years ago the humidity was scorching as we started our trek to the Lost City. Three strenuous days deep in the jungle to reach a tiered paradise.
Revered as one of the best treks in the world, it is relatively unknown to most travelers. So I of course had to take on the challenge.
There was deep concern for me traveling to this once violent country in South America but I assure you my experience was all positive and extremely enjoyable. Day 1 I fly in via Bogota to Santa Marta and explored all over the city before meeting our adventure group of 16 – 2 🇺🇸, 2 🇳🇿, 2 🇩🇪 and the rest from 🇨🇦. We dined on local cuisine and were serenaded buy local dancers prior to disappearing into the wilderness.
As it was February (their summer), we took every opportunity to jump of the plentiful waterfalls to cool off. Night 1 we arrived into camp via an old rickety suspension bridges to our hammock city. (quick side note: did you know to sleep comfortably in a hammock, turn you body just slightly to the side and it is heavenly) And we ate fresh pineapple, watermelon, yucca and fish from the river.
Each day we got closer to the coveted city via strenuous treks and kept ditching more of our day bags (to pick up on the way back out) to ease the loads off our shoulders. If you can imagine 95+ degrees & 95% humidity, it was brutal.
Our group actually made good time & decided to hit this special location a day early. After an intense 15 mins having to scale 1,200 steps, we reached this sacred site and participated in a religious ceremony to truly appreciate its significance. After another 15 mins, heavy fog rolled in leaving us in an eerie cloud cover. It is hard to imagine there are numerous “lost cities” that tourists are allowed to visit and even more that haven’t even been discovered yet.
An amazing experience!