The Lost City Trek, Ciudad Perdida. Better than Machu Picchu?

lost city amazon trek

Ciudad Perdida is the Spanish word for “Lost City”. The Lost City is the archaeological site of an ancient city in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada. It’s believed to have been founded 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu.

Some people think the experience to get to the Lost City is much better than Machu Picchu.

After I visited both, I could not choose my favourite one. Yes Machu Picchu is touristy, but there are a few things to do that you’ll have a magical experience anyway.

I will talk about it in a different article. Back to the Lost City in the Colombian jungle. There is no way to take a bus and have a look on this city. You’ll have to walk all the way to the Lost City. You’ll walk days through the muddy and magical Colombian jungle and sleep in hammocks while the flies bite you at night.

Once it was possible to visit illegal cocaine production sites from the Colombian guerillas. Two weeks before we did the trek, the Colombian military closed all the illegal cocaine production sites and patrolled the jungle. Follow your guide and you’ll be safe.

The place of the ancient Lost City is amazing. When you standing on the ancient Lost City, surrounded by the Colombian jungle, your body full of insect bites, you’ll feel like a king hundreds of years ago who conquered this amazing place. You’ll love it. If you’re in Colombia this is a must do.

Informations to the Lost City trek

Where is the best place to start this trek?
In Santa Marta you’ll find many offices that will take you to this amazing trek.
How long does it take?
5-6 days. Two, three days in and two, three days out. Depends on your condition and what you arranged with your guide.
What does it cost you?
I paid around 250$, include food, hammocks and the guide.
Would I do it again?
Definitely a yes! It was a magical experience. If you’re in Colombia, it’s a must do… 🙂

 

 

Trip to the Angel Falls, Salto Ángel – Venezuela

Angel Falls Sign
If you’re travelling through Venezuela than a trip to the Angel Falls is a must do. It’s one of the few amazing places on earth that you have to see before you die. It is in a protected area in the Amazonas jungle and the only way to get in is with an airplane. There are no streets to get to the falls. From the closest town Canaima it is another day trip per boat to get to the falls. The following night you’ll sleep in hammocks close to the falls. Usually you have to take an organized tour. This includes the flights, boat trip to the falls, food and sleeping.
The tours you’ll get at tour offices at the airports, hostels or tour agencies around the cities. I paid around 200$ with the black market exchange rate.
Day 1:
We flew from Ciudad Bolívar to Canaima, the closest town to the falls. Canaima is a nice indigenous village with a great view to another water fall. Around Canaima and I think in the Canaima National Parque too, there are gold diggers at work. The local people bring gold to the local market and get paid for it. I don’t know why this is possible at a national park, because gold digging is normally a dirty business for the beautiful nature. I think money makes everything possible in Venezuela. At the first day we took a boat to the Angel Falls. It took around 6 hours to get in sight to the Angel Falls. Then you walk another hour through the jungle to get to the viewpoint of the Angel Falls, Salto Angelo. It was just amazing. We were lucky because we could see the falls without the clouds in this rainy season. Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world and it falls 3,212 feet (979 m) off a mountain called “Auyantepui”. After the falls we had some barbeque close to the falls and slept in hammocks.
Day 2:
The next day we took a boat back to Canaima. Around Canaima there are many other waterfalls too. We took a boat across the small lagoon of Canaima and got to another waterfall “Salto el Sapo”. You have to wear socks because of the slippery and you’ll have to walk a long way under a waterfall. It is wonderful. The noise and all the water coming down makes you crazy. Be careful, your camera will get very wet. At the end you can walk directly under el sapo and feel the unbelievable power of the water. We got to the top of el sapo and had an amazing view over the Canaima Lagoon. In the evening you can have some very expensive beers at bars and reflect an unforgettable adventure.
Day 3:
The next day we flew back to Ciudad Bolívar and took a bus to the north. For us it was totally worth the money because it is an amazing place. You definitely feel like that you are in Jurassic Park. The landscape is magic and the falls will follow you at night.