Teyuna Archaeological Park "Ciudad Perdida"

The discovery

Lost city Sierra Nevada

Florentino Sepulveda, a santanderean settler have indices of the existence of a Lost City lost under the jungle "San Pedro Alejandrino calling" as the old Indian Kogo said his name was, he dedicated himself to look for it and found it only 35 years later, when lost in a hunting expedition, sent Julio César to look for a route to leave of The Inferno. From there the place began to be looted in secret. Guaqueros soon arrived. Rivalries that arose between them provoked confrontations in which Julius Caesar, the discoverer of the City, died.

In 1976, after these events, Dr. Alvaro Soto Holguín, then director of the Colombian Institute of Anthropology, accompanied by three archaeologists, organized the research expedition.

After several days of travel, most of this expedition managed to reach the archaeological site and from its reports it was found that the "lost city" was an important housing concentration of special importance due to the steep and almost inaccessible place.

The Archaeological Park of Ciudad Perdida is located on the north face of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the upper part of the Buritaca river basin, between nine hundred and one thousand two hundred meters above sea level.

The structures discovered so far occupy an area of ​​approximately 35 hectares.
The most recent research carried out in the Park found that the oldest housing areas are approximately 650 d.C. And that they were occupied until at least 1100 or 1200 d.C. The sixteenth century was characterized by intense periods of conflict followed by years of calm and reestablishment of relations of exchange between indigenous and Spanish invadors. Despite the deployment of force, Spanish settlers never could establish permanent towns in the Sierra or dominate its population. Today the Tairona footprints are a heritage for the Colombians.

How to visit from Minca?

Cuidad perdida

To reach this eco-tourist destination and according to the time available of the traveler, the Lost City can be reached with the help of an experienced guide from Minca. From there, and after a road climb in campero to La Tagua, the route begins on foot.

To view map of the route from Minca (click here)
Walking map to lost City

From La Tagua, a very picturesque first day crosses several areas of humid and deep forest, sometimes foggy, with ascents and descents alternating until arriving at the Station "Filo Cartagena". It is located in the middle basin of the Guachaca river where, until 1989, a peasant population was settled, and after the process of land purchase, 60 indigenous families of the Wiwa community live along the basin. There is a small rustic refuge for walkers, built by former Inderena and run by the Pro-Sierra Nevada Foundation.

The second day is also picturesque, and equally with several steps on crystalline rivers of great beauty, but much more difficult; Ends at "Alto de Mira", another station equipped for walkers. The site has a strategic position because of its proximity to the Boquerón de Cantarranas or Caño Negro; Extensive visual domain over much of the headwaters of the Buritaca River. It is located at 1000 m.s.n.m, on a branch that is detached from the Buritaca blade at 1530 m.s.n.m. and goes down to the confluence of the Julepia and Caño Negro streams, tributaries of the Buritaca River at 610 m.s.n.m .; The third day is a very demanding road, by difficult terrain (unavoidably on foot), crossing the Guachaca and Buritaca rivers.

This crossing allows you to admire the ravine of Valencia, in the upper part of the Buritaca River, which is a perfect for the observation of its waterfalls and the landscape.

If you are thinking about visiting ...
Given the location characteristics, before visiting the Park, contact ICANH (Tel. 571-4440544 ext. 101 or contactenos@icanh.gov.co) or the authorities regarding the state of the area. The Park may suffer temporary closures, depending on factors of natural risk, access, maintenance and public order.

  • Keep in mind that the climate of the area is temperate, humid and very rainy. With cold nights from 18° C to 22° C.
  • Pack only the essentials. The weight of the backpack is an important factor both when using mules of load and for the comfort during the walks, reason why is preferable to carry light weight.
  • You must have the permit granted by the National Parks Office of the Ministry of the Environment. Minimum Age of Visitors, 12 years. Single Rate: 35,000 p / p.
  • Get vaccinated against yellow fever, tetanus and malaria one month in advance. Bring additional first aid kit.
  • Make sure you are in good health.
  • Return all trash to Santa Marta. Neither the park nor the area in general has a garbage collection service.Devuelva toda la basura hasta Santa Marta.
  • Remember to respect the past and the customs of peoples: respect the privacy of peasants and indigenous people.
  • In the park there is no signal of mobile phone or communication equipment. Tell your family and friends that you can only communicate with them once you return to Santa Marta.
It is recommended to bring the following items
  • Plastic bags to pack all clothing and prevent it from getting wet.
  • Poncho, jacket or raincoat for rain.
  • Shoes or sports boots, comfortable and light, for walking that are not leather. If you decide to wear leather boots, keep in mind that once they get wet they will not dry out.
  • First-aid kit. Blister dressings, a small tube of antipruritic cream, and Benadryl tablets - diphenhydramine - are especially useful.Botiquín personal.
  • Comfortable walking clothing, preferably of a material other than cotton.
  • Blocker and a cap or hat to protect the sun.

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