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Magic Tour Colombia
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Taganga
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Owner description: Magic Tour Colombia invites you to a journey of essential feelings, deep exciting. jungles, deserts and seas are alive, as alive as its people, its beautiful and mysterious indigenous and peasant beauty, culture and exuberance.
Reviewed January 19, 2014

We booked the trek to ciudad perdida - the lost city - at Magic Tour in Taganga. On the day the trek started, we got picked up at our hostel in Taganga and brought to their office where we could leave all the luggage that we didn't need during the trek. The trek itself then was brilliant, absolutely great experience.. Tough, but great! After the trek we got brought to the office again where the staff checked for available rooms in Taganga for us, really nice! and after that, they even drove us to the hostel which they had booked for us. Magic Tour Taganga in my eyes are a very well organised company with friendly staff and I can only recommend them to anyone!

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"ciudad perdida"
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"jose garcia"
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"food was great"
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"four days"
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"indigenous tribes"
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"spoke no english"
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"an amazing experience"
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"mosquito repellent"
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"great hike"
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We went with Magic for the trip to the ciudad del perdida and were by glad we did. Nice sized group - 6 of us plus guide and cook. Our guide Gabriel was fantastic and although spoke no English we all got by and he proved helpful, knowledgable and very funny. We stayed at some great sites, especially on the first night when at a separate camp to the other merged group doing the trek at the same time as us.

We opted to do the trek in four days which is very doable in the dry and not too strenuous. It's the same route, you just trek in the afternoon rather than sit around playing cards. A no brainier really. It is the same cost regardless though.

Food was great, really surprised at quality and quantity. At no point was I hungry. Started and finished the trek at Gabriel's family home for food and they were friendly and cooked up some grand food.

Equipment and transport as to be expected - well used but functional although always amused at just how many people will fit in a land cruiser in South America!

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Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Well organised, things were generally done at the times stated
Excellent food & lots of it
Very friendly guide & cook
Organised us to talk to the local tribespeople
Guide explained a great deal along the way and at the lost city itself
Be prepared that you're in the jungle. Blankets do smell, we brought sleeping bag liners
Your clothes won't dry overnight so best to bring one set to wear in evenings and one for the day. It can get cold at night. I wore a thermal top to sleep in
Lots of repellent is needed and a guy in our group brought repellent coils to burn as well
We did lots of swimming

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

First of all, I loved the trek. Hard but worth it. Magic tours had problems, although I am not sure if other operators are any better.
They oversold the number of spaces. Many people in our group had to share beds with their partners, which wasn't the end of the world but what was unpleasant was the guides basically letting us fight it out rather than organizing it. Fine if you have reasonable people in your group. We did not. Further, if they tell you you will have a bed, half a single bed (or a hammock every night) is not ok. At they very least they could reimburse you part of the cost- this trek is not cheap.
The blankets stink. I don't think there is any way around this though, humidity is crazy high (you are wet all day!).
Our guide was nice. The food was totally fine. We did love the beauty and difficulty of the hike, but remember:
Mosquito repellent, lots of it.
One pair of clothes exclusively for night time use- everything else will be wet from sweat.
Playing cards
Flip flops
Good shoes (runners dry faster than hikers so I think these are better if they get wet)..
Pack light as you carry your own belongings!

2  Thank eMzdee
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

I did the Lost City trek in January 2013 with my girlfriend and some friends. We went with Magic Tours and our guide's name was Herman.

- It's a really enjoyable hike and we met some good people on it.
- The food was really quite good, considering it was being cooked in small shacks.
- We were given fruit snacks and smoothies during the day.
- The ruins are fantastic, really interesting and well-preserved.
- We were given a talk by a native Kogi leader which was very insightful.
- The scenery and swimming holes were beautiful.

- Lots of biting insects, take DEET.
- Guides don't speak English, although there will invariably be a bilingual trekker to translate.

A fairly tough, rewarding hike which was our highlight in Colombia.

- It's a tough hike with lots of elevation changes. We did the four day option; if you are less fit you can take 5 or 6 days over it and the cost will be the same.
- Dont overpack. A couple of sets of dri-fit gym gear will be fine to wear during the day. One set of warmer clothes to wear at night. Hiking boots are a better option than trainers - the trails are rocky. Flip flops or sandals for nighttime. Head torch is a must. Sleeping bag liner recommended as the beds are a bit skanky. A dry bag will come in handy due to humidity, your own sweat and river crossings. If something gets wet, it won't dry in the jungle, so bring a pair of socks for each day.

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