Colombia - Ciudad Perdida


Ciudad Perdida is one of the largest in a network of Tayrona sites, polities that inhabited the Sierra Nevada for more than a millennium and until the European contact (CE 200-1,600). Relationships between Ciudad Perdida and other sites are still unclear and this project is focused on clarifying temporal, cultural, political and economic connections within this network.  The 2014 season is dedicated to mapping out flagstone paths leading in and out of the city, as well as shovel testing, conservation and reconstruction work on collapsed structures at the site.  Stratigraphic details will be carefully recorded and artifacts buried in terrace fill recovered and cataloged as students learn survey, excavation and conservation techniques. 

This field school is physically, intellectually and emotionally demanding.  Students will hike three days in and out of the site in challenging terrain.  At Ciudad Perdida, students will live at the local research station, in tropical jungle conditions and with limited contact with the outside world.  This program is for fit students only.  Please consider carefully whether this program is for you before applying.

Colombia Ciudad Perdida Archaeology Field School - Institute for Field Research Field Schools Colombia - Ciudad Perdida18-352014-06-20
Course Dates: Jun 20 - Jul 20 2014
Enrollment Status: CLOSED 
Total Cost: $ 3,850 
Course Type: Field Archaeology
Instructors: Dr. Santiago Giraldo, Ms. Catalina Bateman



Santiago Giraldo

Dr. Santiago Giraldo

Dr. Giraldo ( is Director of the Colombia Program at the Global Heritage Fund and Executice Director of the Fundación de Investigaciones Arqueológicas y Ambientales Tayrona (Colombia).  For more information, click here.
Catalina Bateman

Ms. Catalina Bateman

Ms. Bateman is an Archaeologist with the Fundación de Investigaciones Arqueológicas y Ambientales Tayrona (Colombia). 


The Cuidad Perdida field school was a fantastic field school. The thing I liked best about this field school was that it was very multifaceted. It was more than just archeology. It was a really memorable and inspirational experience both academically and socially. Since being on this field school I have altered my degree to go into a field similar to what I was doing on this filed school. The students who will have the best success on this filed school will have a desire for more than just the archeology or academic education but those who want a life experience that will challenge them socially, linguistically, physically, mentally and emotionally. The challenges I faced on this field school were ones well outside of the academia.

-Brittany Lynas, University of Victoria (2013)




Student Fees

Early Enrollment Begins November 15 - Full payment must be received by April 1  
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 3,350 USD Tuition: 3,440 USD 

Late Enrollment Begins April 2 - Full payment must be received 10 days prior to course start date
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 3,450 USD Tuition: 3,540 USD 


During the hike to Ciudad Perdida, students will stay in lodges used by tourists. The first night you will sleep in a hammock. Lodges on the second night have bunk beds. While at Ciudad Perdida, students will live in the research station located within the park itself. Conditions are basic, there is no hot water, and you will be sleeping on bunk beds, field cots, or mattresses placed on the floor. There are no private rooms. Power is provided by a small hydroelectric turbine and solar panels.

MEALS:  All meals will be communal events at the park kitchen and will provide plenty of food prepared by a local cook. The daily diet is based on rice, corn cakes, manioc, potatoes, plantains, lentils, beans, meat (salt beef, pork, and fish) and when available, vegetables and fruit juice.  Vegetarians may attend this program but will find that vegetable and fruit availability will diminish as the season progresses and we use up our store of fresh produce. Vegan and kosher restrictions are impossible to accommodate in a remote location such as this one.

Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.