The Lost City
2 different countries!
2 Southamerican icons together!
A 12 days experience takes you from cryptic archeological ruins in the northeast of Colombia known as The Lost City, to the bottom of the tallest waterfall on earth in the South of Venezuela: Angel Falls
Friendly people, unexplored destinations and a great biodiversity invite you to embark on this thrilling adventure.
Day 1. Arrival to Bogotá, Colombia
Arrival to EL Dorado airport in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia at 2600 meters (8530.1837 feet) above sea level and which is quickly becoming one of the Latin American urban highlights with more than 7 million inhabitants. Meet our representative at the airport and Check in at your hotel in the city located in the old historical district of La Candelaria surrounded by plenty of cafes, museums and churches.
Day 2. Bogotá City Tour
We begin our second day with a fueling breakfast at the hotel, then we’re off to enjoy a tour of the city, starting with a ride on the world-famous Bogota cable car. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the city and surrounding nature as the cars climb 3160 meters to the peak of Cerro Monserrate (10,367 feet). We will then walk trough the historical suburb of La Candelaria, with its old churches and cobblestoned streets, surrounded by colonial architecture, baroque churches art deco houses, and street art. We will visit Plaza Bolivar and its stunning Cathedral. We will also visit the Museo del Oro (The Gold Museum) to see the most iconic and amazing gold artifacts of Colombia, and Fernando Botero’s permanent exhibition at the Banco de la República. For lunch you will be on your own and provided with ample time to explore and sample the incredible tastes of the city. Transfer to the airport and Flight to Santa Marta in the afternoon. Airport pick up and overnight at Masaya Santa Marta or similar in the old downtown. (B)
Day 3. Santa Marta- Camp Site #1
After meeting you at your hotel in Santa Marta at 815am, we will ride in a jeep for about 45 minutes on the highway. We will stop at a convenience store to buy snacks and drinks, and from there, we turn off the highway, up a dirt track into the mountains. After arriving in Machete, we will have lunch and then have a short swim to cool off. Then we hike a steep uphill grade for around 45 minutes before a long descent into the valley where the first campsite, is located. (B, L,D)
(1⁄2 day hiking to Adán–7.6 km (4.7 mi)
1,900ft ascent, 900 ft descent)
Day 4. Camp Site #1 – Camp Site #3
The 15 kms/10 hours route starts along the Buritaca River, taking you further into the vivid green jungle past small villages en route to the evening campsite. We will walk uphill and across some beautiful terrain, including some local farms. After a jump in a swimming hole and lunch at Camp Site #2 we will continue to Paraiso Camp (Camp Site #3), located only 1km downhill from the Lost City. Today’s journey takes you through a varied landscape, deeper into the tropical jungle, across rivers and past a couple of Kogi villages. (B,L,D)
(14.7 km (9.1 mi) 3500 ft ascent, 2000 ft descent)
Day 5. The Lost City
We will wake up at about 530A.M so we can can set off at dawn and enjoy the Lost City in the softest light and coolest air possible. After a short walk from the campsite, we will reach the 1,200 stone stairs that ascend to the terraces of the city above. Climbing the steps, we will reach the lower chambers of Teyuna, also known as The Lost City. It is believed that this was a capital city built by the Tayrona civilization in 800 A.D., approximately 600 years before the Incas built Machu Picchu in Peru. When conquistadores approached the structure in the 16th century, the Tayrona opted to abandon the city instead of allowing it to fall into Spanish hands. After visiting the Lost City, we’ll return to El Paraiso (Campsite #3) for a quick lunch before returning to Campsite #2 for overnight. (B,L,D)
12 km (7.5 miles) 1800 ft ascent, 3500 ft descent
Day 6. Camp Site #2 – Santa Marta
We will start early again, since much of the trail is unshaded, and therefore becomes quite hot. After a stop for fruit at the first campsite and a jump in the swimming hole, we’ll find ourselves back where we began, in Machete, for lunch. We will drive back to Santa Marta to end this exciting trek , arrival at about 330-430pm. Overnight at standard hotel or similar. (B,L)
1⁄2 day hiking to El Mamey, Return to Santa Marta –
12.7 km (7.9 mi) 2200 ft ascent, 3000 ft descent.
Day 7. Santa Marta-Puerto Ordaz
Flight from Santa Marta to Bogota early in the morning and connecting to Puerto Ordaz (Venezuela) via Caracas at 9am. (Layover at Caracas Airport with a possibility of an optional City Tour). Arrival to 830pm. Meet our representative at Puerto Ordaz airport and overnight at standard hotel nearby the airport.
No dinner included.
Day 8- Canaima Lagoon
The Angel Falls are located deeply inside Canaima National Park. Your tour begins with a flight from Ciudad Bolívar or Puerto Ordaz to the Canaima Lagoon area, from which you can see a group of four different cascades known as Hacha, Wadaima, Ucaima and Golondrina.
After a tasty lunch at a local indigenous village you will be taken across the lagoon and walk along the pink sand banks and up, through the jungle to the majestic Sapo Falls. From this point and on, you may swim in the lake before walking up through the jungle and behind the falls while enjoying a great scenery through a powerful water curtain. Dinner at the camp before going to sleep (beds) to the sound of crickets. Feel free to walk in the Pemon Community and get to know a bit more about the Pemon culture.
Day 9- Angel Falls
After breakfast, you will walk through the jungle before taking a motorized canoe up Carrao and Churún rivers towards the spectacular Angel falls. As you travel along the rivers for about 4 hours, you will have the time to take in the lush scenery and the fantastic Tepuys, you will enjoy a light picnic lunch afterwards.
At Devil’s Canyon, you can see the Angel Falls cascading 1km down from the top of Auyántepuy and running all the way to Churún river. From here this point, you will walk up through the jungle for about an hour to the Laime viewpoint and then down to the rock pools near the base of the falls. If you get lucky, you may swim in the freshwater of Angel Falls. Have a good sleep in our comfortable hammocks front of the tallest fall in the world, if you have not experienced sleeping in hammocks, your tour guide will show how to get a perfect sleep as local Pemons do.
Day 12. Angel Falls - Canaima Lagoon
After a quick breakfast at the base camp, you will travel back down the river to Canaima town, lunch will be ready for you before taking a final flight over the jungle towards Ciudad Bolívar airport. Tour ends after arrival.
Basic Tour info
Total Hiking Distance
Lost City: 44 Kms or 28 miles
Angel Falls: 3 Kms or 1,86miles
The Lost City itself at 1,150 meters, around 3,800 feet.
Angel Falls: Approx 450 meters on the base. No altitude issues.
Best time to go
You can do Lost City trek all year-round, except in September when it is closed. Angel Falls ideally between June and December.
Hot and humid.
From 15 to 25 Celsius
Moderate intensity hiking + up and down on sometimes muddy/slippery trails.
This is not a walk in the park! No cocktails the night before, go to bed early.
Book in advance
Lost City Trek departs every day. Angel Falls Departures are with minimum 6 people and maximum 10. Book in advance so we can make a small group, you get a more affordable rate.
Add 3-4 travel days
Distances are long and Venezuela requires flexibility
Limited internal flights, not too many visitors and long distances, plan this trip for a minimum of 16-18 days in total. We will make sure you never get bored!
Flight over Angel Falls
Only to be arranged on spot. Minimum of 4 passengers per flight. From US$ 180 to US$ 250 per person. 30 mins approximately.
add beach time!
Colombia and Venezuela have some of the best beaches of South America and they are perfect to combine with this amazing Lost City & Angel Falls experience.