Ciudad Perdida: What to Know Before You Go

So you’re thinking about tackling the Cuidad Perdida or Lost City trek in Colombia? I was not able to find very much information about this hike before I went. So without really knowing what to expect here is what you shouldn’t forget to bring with you.

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Cuidad Perdida Necessities

Proper hiking boots. Honestly, these Columbia Newtons saved me so many times. The ankle support saved me from twisting my ankle and they are waterproof which was fantastic when hopping across streams and rivers. No wet feet is always awesome.

Hoodie. I survived with just my t-shirt but there was one evening that I would’ve been glad for my hoodie.

Strong bug spray. I didn’t think the bugs could possibly be that bad… countless itchy bites later I learned my lesson. I ended up borrowing someone’s to try and prevent any more bites.

Sunblock and/or hat. The sun was brutal on the way to Cuidad Perdida. If you want to avoid sunburn on top of all the other aches and pains of hiking for 4 days then don’t forget your Sunblock. I wish I had a hat as well to keep the sun out my face.

Sleeping bag liner. Not a necessity but, the beds don’t smell the best. I loved curling up in my sleeping bag liner that smelled fresh.

Towel and Toiletries. There are actually showers and proper toilets available at each camp along the trek to Cuidad Perdida. So bring your body wash and shampoo and make the most of it after a long day of hiking.

Swimsuit. There are lots of stops where you can swim in the natural pools and it’s really refreshing after a long day. Make the most of it.

• Bring some cash as there are shops all the way up to Cuidad Perdida. Keep in mind everything gets more expensive as you go!

First aid kit/ medication. Don’t forget this just in case.

Ear plugs and sleep mask. There are lots of inconsiderate noisy people who like to flash their head lamps into people’s beds. Don’t be that person digging into a backpack full of noisy plastic bags and have these handy so you can avoid dealing with that same person.

Pack as light as you can, the trek to Cuidad Perdida is steep and the sun makes it even tougher. Your best bet is to have one set of hiking clothes and one set of clothes for camp. Walk with hiking poles if you really need them. I survived without them so it’s up to you. Don’t forget your camera for some epic pictures and make the most of every moment.

Make sure to brush up your travel photography before you go!



  • Loudy February 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    The bugs sometimes destroy my trips because I keep concentrating on them and I forget to enjoy the views. So yeah the spray has to be the most important one haha. And also the boots. Looks like an amazing place to discover.

  • Only By Land February 9, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve actually thought about going to the Ciudad Perdida many times but never made it out there, I know it’s close to Santa Marta and I’m often in Barranquilla so have every chance to go. The one thing I would have missed from your list is my swimwear. I didn’t know that there were so many places to swim during the trek. I can imagine in the jungle that the mosquitoes are really hardcore too!

    • Stace February 9, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Ahhh yes totally forgot about swimsuits!!!!

  • Hendrik February 10, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Sounds like a perfect Mini Adventure holiday to me, would love to experience such a trip! I can imagine how merciless the sun is burning and even more merciless the bugs are biting, but the experience you get must be 100 times more amazing. Would have loved to see more photos from this trip of yours 🙂

    • Stace February 10, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Oh keep posted I have many more pictures to come! Follow me on instagram too!

  • Ticker Eats The World February 10, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Many people forget to use sunblock when it comes to inland activities and so that’s a brilliant point to mention. Thanks and these tips hold true for most hikes no matter where in the world. Perfect checklist.

  • Raymond Carroll February 10, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Hi Stacey, good list. I’m a keen trekker, although I have never trekked through a South American jungle, sounds interesting. The bugs sound a bit of a nightmare.

    • Stace February 10, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Oh they were! 4 days later my legs are still itchy!!!

  • Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth February 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Thanks for the note about hiking boots and bugs spray! I would have tried to hike in my converse (as per usual) and I think I’m invincible when it comes to bugs (I’m not!). Glad someone who has done it is telling me I should have those items.

    I don’t think I’ve ever trekked to a Lost City before, one for the list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Stace February 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      You would have some very wet and blistered feet in converse! Lol

  • Megan February 10, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    That view looks like it is well worth the hike! Thanks for the tips. I wouldn’t have thought about a sleeping bag liner but think it might make you a little more comfortable.

  • Natalie February 10, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Bugs are just monsters aren’ they??!! We always travel with the kids and I hate spraying chemicals all over them so we use clothing with the bug repellent built right in . Works really well and now we swear by it!

    • Stace February 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      That’s good to know! I’ve been skeptical about those!

  • Janine Good February 11, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    This is a great list. I never go anywhere without a hoodie. Even the hottest of climates, you can feel a chill at night. I would love to go to Colombia and this is a great start for my planning.


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