UN has declared 2011 International Year of Forests. In this regard, Colombia has developed a thematic tour: it offers to go on an exciting journey in which a rare opportunity to see not only a magnificent sub-tropical forests, but also the "lost city" Teyuna in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the north. Travelers will be able to see the life of contemporary hermits, living away from the benefits of civilization - the Indians Kogui, still using slash-and-burn agriculture.
The ancestors of the Indians were forced to go out from the Caribbean coast of Colombia to the mountains as a result of the invasion of warlike Carib tribes around 1000 BC. Later it was saved Kogui from destruction by Spanish conquistadors. According to the legends of Indians, the city was built by the ancestors of Teyuna Kogui - representatives of the culture of Tayrona - between the XI and XIV centuries.
Modern Teyuna is a series of circular terraces, where once there were wooden houses with roofs made of leaves. The incredibly scenic views of the valley are lying below.
The easiest way to "Lost City" starts from the town of Mamey. This route is of average complexity, which includes extensive areas with steep cliffs, takes five or six 4-hour crossings. During this walk the tpurists will have to repeatedly cross the mountain river Buritaca and pass through narrow passages between the rocks.
To move up in the "lost city" itself one must overcome more than a thousand steps, covered with moss. During the rainy season the route is considerably more complicated, since the stormy deep rivers represent a danger for tourists. Nevertheless, in general, the transition is safe. Travel is only accompanied by guides, in addition, on the road signs are put, thus preventing stray from it.
To become a member of the tour, you must pay it in one of the tourist offices in Santa Marta or Tagange. Price starts from 500,000 pesos (about 200 euros) and includes the navigation service, food, sleeping in rest points along the route. Also charged a mandatory fee, which goes to support community Kogui Indians living in the mountains.