April 26, 2011
For a second consecutive year, Adventure Associates proudly makes it to the select list of National Geographic Traveler Magazine's "50 Tours of a Lifetime", 2011 version. The prestigious publication engages every year on the difficult task of selecting innovative, unique and inspiring travel journeys which must meet elevated standards and characteristics such as authenticity, innovation, being immersive, best-guided and most sustainable tours around the world.
This year, Adventure Associates' tour "The Lost City, Journey to the 10th Century in Colombia" was chosen as one of the "top fifty" list of "Voyages of a Lifetime", replicating the distinction obtained last year with the tour "Family Encounters at the Middle of the World"
Teyuna, the "Lost City", is an indigenous settlement built by the Tayrona Indians, between 500 and 800 A.C. The lost city is found on a remote location of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, and was rediscovered in 1976 on an overgrown mountainous jungle. The ancient city is recognized as the most important settlement of the Tayrona Culture, most likely its capital. The complex, set near the shore of the Buritaca River, consists of gracefully carved terraces and raised circular squares which stretch between 950 and 1350 meters (2850 and 4050 feet), above sea level. Its axis is a wide, 2000-steps stairway, which begins at the river shore and climbs up to the crest of the mountain, branching to left and right, towards the many dwelling terraces. Some of the original houses have been rebuilt and the entire area beholds an atmosphere of magic and mysticism.
Adventure Associates' unique "Lost City" tour consists of a 7 days and 6 nights journey, filled with adventure, exploration and learning. It involves flying into Santa Marta, travelling shortly by truck and then mostly walking along a well designed route which takes visitors across dramatic landscapes, remote Indian villages where you can meet and interact with the Koguis Indians, descendants of the Tayronas, and learn about their ancestral culture. Most of the voyage involves walking and spending the nights at hammock and mosquito-net camps at designated locations or using some of the rustic lodgings available in the area. However, guests on this unusual and truly off-the-beaten-track tour, have the permanent support of a team of porters; mules to carry the equipment and luggage and, most importantly, the leadership of outstanding class bilingual guides who will professional and gracefully immerse you in the extraordinary cultural and natural features of this trip. You will have refreshing daily dips and swimming at rivers and streams (which will be your daily showers). Food is abundant, well balanced, tasteful and nicely served, leaving you perfectly satisfied and happy from the daily breakfasts to dinners under the stars. The trek also involves beautiful nature, amazing plant life, superb birding opportunities; startling fireflies and butterflies, among many wonders.
In presenting Adventure Associates with the distinction, National Geographic Traveler Magazine's representatives remarked that the selection recognizes a continued effort to find "new ways travelers can connect with places and people" and how important is the human interaction on these trips. The world prestigious magazine has been surfacing the best tours and outfitters during the last years as part of the publication's mission "to propel readers out of their armchairs and into the field". More than 7.5 million readers will be able to read about Adventure Associates' "Lost City Journey into the Tenth Century", which will be featured in the May/June 2011 issue of National Geographic Traveler Magazine, as well as on a special "Tours of a Lifetime" landing page of the equally famous National Geographic Website.