Lost city trek of 5 days

Trip Start Apr 22, 2010
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Trip End Aug 27, 2010


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Flag of Colombia  , Magdalena,
Monday, July 12, 2010

JEAN

The lost city trek can be done in 4 to 6 days. We did it in 5 what 90% of other people also do. In 4 days it would be too much rushing and after 5 you just want to be back in the normal civilisation and sleep in a bed and put dry clothes on and rest.
We had a great group which makes this kind of experience much more enjoyable than if you don't get along with the others. So we were lucky again to be in such a nice group and have fun together. As to avoid the rain that most of the time starts at 1PM you get up very early (around 6AM) to start the walk of the day. You walk each day between 3 and 6 hours but could be more as our group was quite fast.
It doesn't sound that you need to walk that much every day but this is not just a walk in the park. You are in the jungle and it goes with the conditions connected to that. Very but very muddy paths, rivers to cross with lots but really lots of currents, walking up hills and downhills with a serious levelling, wallking with wet clothes...
Now for sure some days you can avoid the rain but in general you just can't avoid to be wet. You need to cross rivers a lot and in the beginning you change shoes to do that to stay dry but after a while you give up and walk through them with your walking shoes and become wet almost all the time. Not only your shoes become wet believe me :)
But it is fun though as it is very refreshing in this very humid and hot environment. At the end I was even happy when we got to a river and could jump into it.
The landscapes are great especially when the sun shines and the lost city is in a really beautiful environment.
Sleeping in hammacks is not the most comfortable but somehow your body adapt itself and it goes better after some nights.
I must say that this was again a great experience and I'm very happy I've done it but as well trekkings of 5 days or more are very tiring and I'm glad in this trip we don't have any more to do :). But believe me it is really worth the exhaustiousness you get from these treks and after 1 day you even forget it was hard. But during you'll always come to that moment when you ask yourself what in hell did you think when booking this tour. lol :)
 
Another surprising thing I did in this tour was to go to a place in the early morning before starting the trek. It' was a place close to our camping site where a guy had a little laboratorium where he used to make cocaine. Now he sais he doesn't do it anymore as the government became very strict on this but he still had all the chemicals to do a bit and showed us the process.
It was a very interesting thing as it's incredible all the toxic chemicals that are used to make cocaine but as well crack. Crack is in fact the rest of chemicals that you get at the end of the process. In fact it is just the worst thing you could imagine to take as it is the rest of very toxic chemicals. 
You need 7 chemicals to make cocaine pasta and 1 more to make the powder.
To give you an idea for 1 kg of cocaine you need 100 kg of coca leaves. 120 liter of gasoline, 200 kg of salt, 100 of cal,...
All this process has a cost of 2500 USD and is sold at 4000 USD. This is for 1kg of pasta that is 90 % pure. Now you need to know that this is not sold that pure and that lots of apirin is added to delude the cocaine till 20 or 30 percent in the States and 50 on the Colombian market. In Europe it is probably even less.
The price of 1 gram with a max quantity of cocaine of 30% is sold at 50 EUR more or less. So 1 gram had a cost of 2.5 USD at a 90% purity. So you can imagine what profit is made buy the intermediate guys selling that thing.

The tour was well organised I must say and the food is good. As price count 420000 pesos (180EUR) minimum. As good organisation you can choose Sierra tours or Magic tours. All tours are almost totally equal. They will all tell you the group will be max 8 people and better food but all the groups get the same food and groups are depending the season but in general always bigger than 8. Ours was 12.


RAQUEL

Este tour ha sido lo mas parecido a Indiana Jones que he hecho en mi vida: cinco dias andando por la selva, atravesando rios con el agua hasta la cintura, pasando por comunidades indigenas, durmiendo en hamacas... En fin, un sinfin de experiencias y sensaciones inexplicables, que se culminan con la llegada a las ruinas de la ciudad perdida de los indios Tayrona. Esto y el Macchu Pichu es de lo mejor que hemos hecho en este viaje, junto con los paisajes de Chile. Asi que recomiendo a cualquiera que venga a Colombia de hacerlo! De hecho recomendamos a cualquiera que quiera visitar America del Sur venir a Colombia porque es sin duda el mejor pais! La gente es increible, y tiene muchos tesoros naturales.

El grupo con el que coincidimos en el tour fue muy majo y eso es importante, ya que durante las tardes, cuando ya estas en el campamento, pasas muchas horas jugando a cartas. Asi que nos lo pasamos muy bien y nos echamos unas risas!
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