Ever since I first arrived in Colombia I had always wanted to visit and explore The Lost City, I had been fascinated by the stories I had heard of the ruins of a city, deep in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains and the traditions and history which went along with it.
Thanks to Impulse Travel I finally got the chance to take on the challenge and discover what I had been missing. The Lost City was first discovered in 1976 by two Spanish explorers who accidentally stumbled upon the steps leading up to the Lost City, proceeded to climb them and discovered the ruins. The Lost City was built by indigenous communities in around 700 A.D but was only lived in for a short period of time, before it was abandoned, when the tribes moved and set up their community in a different location.
To take part in a Lost City trek you have to go with an organized group complete with a guide. Over the years the tour has adapted and developed but to keep visitor numbers down and tours controlled, there is only a very limited number of local operators organizing and leading the treks. These local tour companies all have their own guides, translators (upon request), chefs and camps along the trek. While all these local tour operators essentially offer the same service there can be big differences between overall tour experiences.
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