Do you know what to bring to the Lost City? Get ready for this adventure

The Lost City of Colombia is located in the depths of the Sierra Nevada the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta It is one of the most fascinating adventure travel destinations in the world; this ancient indigenous settlement is an archaeological treasure that attracts adventurous travelers from all over the world.

If you are planning your visit to Santa Marta to trek to Ciudad Perdida Tayrona, it is essential that you prepare yourself properly; in this article, we will provide you with some recommendations on what to bring to Ciudad Perdida, so that you can enjoy this incredible experience to the fullest.

A Rugged, Lightweight Backpack
(8 Kg Maximum)

Since you will have to carry all your belongings during the hike, it is advisable to carry a sturdy, comfortable and lightweight backpack; make sure it has enough capacity to carry your personal belongings, change of clothes, water and snacks.
If you are carrying heavy items, remember that you can hire the service of mules, these pack animals can transport your heavy items from camp to camp.

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Waterproof for
Protecting the Backpack

The Santa Marta region is known for its tropical rains; be sure to bring a rain cover to keep you dry in case of rainfall; keep your valuables and electronic devices protected from moisture by carrying these waterproof bags.


Adequate clothing for the Adventure

The Lost City of Tayrona is located in a tropical area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa MartaIt is therefore important to wear light and breathable clothing, opt for waterproof shorts or long pants, short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts to protect you from the sun and insects.

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Change of Clothes and Towel

During the hike, you are likely to sweat and get dirty, so bringing a change of clothes will allow you to stay cool and comfortable each day of hiking; also, pack a light, quick-drying towel to dry off after showers or for any other necessary use.

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Suitable Footwear for Trekking

The hike to the Lost City is demanding, some sections of the trail are slippery and rocky, so it is essential to bring a pair of sturdy shoes; we recommend hiking boots or trekking shoes that provide good grip and support for your feet.

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Sandals or Flip Flops for Resting

During the excursion in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, you will have to cross rivers and streams several times; it is recommended that you wear sandals to avoid getting your shoes wet.
After a day of intense walking, it is comforting to be able to rest your feet and give them a break, wear a pair of sandals that provide comfort and ventilation during the evenings.

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Water Bottle (2 liters) and Energy Foods

During the hike in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, it is important to stay hydrated at all times; carry a reusable water bottle and stock up at the water supply points that you will find at each campsite.
In addition, bring energy foods such as chocolate bars, dried fruits, nuts or granola bars to recharge your energy during the Trek.

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Sunscreen & Insect Repellent

Due to the tropical climate of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the sun can be quite intense depending on the altitude, so don’t forget to bring sunscreen with a high UV protection factor. In addition, mosquitoes and other insects are common in the area, so it is essential to carry a good insect repellent.

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Personal Medicine or First Aid Kit

It is advisable to carry a small first aid kit that includes bandages, disinfectant, painkillers and any personal medication you may need, and consider taking an anti-diarrhea medicine, as changes in food and water can affect your digestive system.

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Personal Hygiene Articles

Bring personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, soap and toilet paper.
During a trek, you will be exposed to changing environmental conditions and an intense level of physical activity; accumulation of sweat, dust and dirt is inevitable.

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Battery Lantern

In no camp does electricity last after 10:00 PM, so a flashlight will be your best ally during the nights.
At night, darkness can be intense and make orientation and mobility within the camp difficult; a flashlight will allow you to illuminate your immediate surroundings, facilitating the search for your personal items or mobility to the bathroom.

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Identity Card or Passport

It is always important to carry with you your identity documents, for nationals the citizenship card, for foreigners the passport; for the security of the documents, if you wish you can carry only the copies of these.



During the excursion there are no ATMs or campsites that accept credit or debit cards, so be sure to bring enough cash to cover additional expenses such as drinks, souvenirs or tips.

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Camera and Additional Batteries

The tour to Ciudad Perdida offers breathtaking scenery and a unique experience that you will surely want to capture in pictures and videos; apart from bringing your smartphone, it is advisable to bring a high resolution camera and enough extra batteries so you don’t run out of power during the trip.


Binoculars (Optional)

During the hike to Ciudad Perdida, you will find scenery full of wildlife and beautiful endemic birds; if you love bird watching, bring binoculars to discover and appreciate up close the diversity of species and tropical birds that the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is home to.

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Map or Route Guide to Ciudad Perdida

Although the hike to the Lost City is operated with indigenous guides, carrying a map or printed guide of the route can help you follow the progress of your journey and better understand the surroundings.
Poporo Tours provides a map with the route and a detailed explanation of the tour.


Positive Attitude and Open Mind

Finally, take with you a positive attitude and an open mind for culture, since you will be sharing 4 days with travelers from all over the world, plus the Ciudad Perdida Tayrona is a place full of history, culture and natural beauty; get ready to immerse yourself in this unique experience and enjoy all that this destination has to offer.

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Preparing adequately and knowing what to bring to Ciudad Perdida is fundamental to enjoy your excursion in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. With these tips in mind, you will be ready to embark on this exciting adventure and discover the mysteries of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

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