The Lost City Trek
This 8-day North-Eastern Colombia trek will take you through stunning terrain along the beautiful Buritaca River to the Lost City. We’ll also visit a WaterAid project, where you’ll get the chance to volunteer in a local La Guajira school. Our organizing partners Elevate Destinations will guide you through everything from preparations to getting you over the finish line.
Challenge grade - Moderate to Advanced (2/5)
We recommend that travelers have a moderate to high level of fitness and agility, with some experience backpacking or hiking full days with a heavy pack.
You are welcome to fundraise to cover the cost of the trip, ($2,920). If you choose to do so, you will need to raise this by November 1st, as that’s when we get invoiced for the cost of the trip. You are encouraged to reach at least 50% of your fundraising goal by the trip in May, with the remaining 50% due within four weeks of your return. For corporate employees, ask if your company matches donations, or if they would be interested in sponsoring you!
Once you’ve signed up we’ll be in regular contact, providing you with lots of fundraising and training support. The Elevate Destinations crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. You are welcome to reach out to Phoebe from WaterAid for fundraising tips, or Megan from Elevate for travel logistics.
For pre-departure and in-country information, visit Elevate Destinations
We'll stay in a range of accommodation during the trip, from lodges to hotels. All rooms are on a twin-share basis. We will also stay some nights in camps, often as part of a permanent tented campsite but sometimes in more basic bush-camps. All food apart from where specified in the itinerary is provided.
People of all ages and from all walks of life are welcome, although we do recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness. You can sign up as an individual or a group.
We recommend starting a training routine that includes hiking or backpacking, in addition to your regular fitness regimen. Travelers with knee injuries may wish to consult with their doctor before registering. For the most satisfying experience, and in fairness to your fellow travelers, please note that this trip requires the following abilities:
– Walk at least ten miles without difficulty on uneven surfaces
– Spend extended periods of time on your feet
– Climb multiple sets of stairs without assistance
– Keep pace with an active group of travelers
– Able to carry a 15 pound load on your back
– Flexible and positive attitude in the case of sudden changes to the itinerary or weather – expect the unexpected!
The trekking terrain is varied; it can be very steep at times and can include exposed terrain, with many sections of steps.
Some days we will walk up to 9 miles throughout the day on steep, muddy trails. The highest elevation we will reach is about 4,000 feet (1,219 meters).
All you need is a pair of walking boots and a sleeping bag. You'll be provided with a full packing checklist once you sign up.
You may choose your own travel insurance, or Elevate Destinations recommends Travel Insurance Center. Contact Alan Lightbody [email protected], Toll Free 1-866-979-6753 Ext. 3648, or Direct 402-343-3648.
The food is designed to provide you with the energy needed to complete the challenge. Most meals are based on local cuisine. Anyone with special dietary requirements can be catered for if advance notice is given.
U.S. citizens may enter Colombia for purposes of tourism without a visa if they present:
- a valid U.S. passport and
- a return ticket to the United States or an onward ticket to another country.
Upon your arrival, immigration authorities will stamp an entry visa valid for 90 days on your passport. If you plan to stay longer than 90 days, you must apply for an extension through the Colombian government.
Don’t hold a U.S. passport? Feel free to reach out to Megan at Elevate Destinations about how to acquire a visa to Colombia.
Your routine schedule of vaccinations must be up-to-date, including tetanus. Check with your doctor for additional travel health advice.
Flights, travel to and from US airports, visa, vaccinations (if needed), travel insurance, departure taxes, and crew tips.