Before leaving Aruba and heading to Colombia, Janice and I spoke to several other cruisers about things to do in Santa Marta, Colombia. Several cruisers were interested in a 4 day hike to the “Lost City” which is approximately 27 miles over some pretty difficult terrain. After a tad more research, Janice decided not to attempt the hike without a lot of training as many of the people stated the hike was extremely difficult.
So after some additional research, 3 other cruising boats (Milly, Blue Moon, Slow Flight and 1/2 of Livin’ Life) decided to book the hike with Expotur located in Santa Marta. I did not have a lot of expectations other than it was going to be 4 days of hiking through rivers and up / down canyons. Oh boy, I really was not prepared for this :).
So the day has come and we were ready to leave:
Our adventure started around 9:30 at Expotur’s office where a 4WD truck drove us 2 ½ hours to El Mamey, the place where we had lunch and began the search for the sacred place of Tayronas (Lost City residents). During lunch, we were introduced to our guide and translator that would stay with us during the journey to the “Lost City”. After a short break, we hiked 4 hours through the Colombian jungle and arrived at our first camp where we would spend the night. Boy, the first day was tough. Hot, sweaty and tired. The accommodations were extremely primitive but honestly after a long day of hiking, it really did not matter about the lack of hot water, dirt floors or the wild animals. Just needed a good sleep before our next day of hiking.