Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City of the Tayronas)

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We made it! (now just got to get home again...all the way back the same way)

Well at last I get around to writing a bit about finding the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida). After finding out that the temperature in Santa Marta had hit 44 degrees I was a bit dubious about my ability to trek to the Lost City for five days but from talking to those who had done it we were curious to see it for ourselves. We headed off in a Jeep for the two hour drive to where the trek began. We had been told that there would be seven,  max. ten in our group. There were fourteen and another group of ten just behind us! Day one was pretty full on with mainly walking up hill in the crazy heat.

Views, views and more views!
Luckily we got have a swim in the river to cool us down. When we arrived in camp, I was a bit taken aback by our sleeping quarters. We slept in hammocks, which is a bit of an art.  They were not that comfortable and due to numbers we were pretty much lying on top of one another.  You moved if the person beside you moved.  The shower facility was a plastic workman’s hat in a tank of water, which doubled as the toilet flushing device! Once you got used to it, it was actually quite refreshing.

 

Began to settle into it on day two taking in amazing panoramic views of the mountains and enjoying the company of the good bunch of people we were walking with. Did a bit of down hill mud surfing and found out that it rains a lot in the rainforest; surprisingly!  More hammocks, but smaller than the day before.  We were discovering that nothing dried so we were having to put on wet clothes every morning.  

 

Lots of scrambling over rocks and crossing rivers on the third day, needed to get a bit of help from the thirteen year old guide who seemed to be leading us for quite a bit.

Food stop by the river
 He only looked about eight!  His dad was one of the other guides somewhere behind us. We encountered indigenous indians (Kogis) and passed through some villages on the way, with the indians in traditional dress, mainly simple white one piece garment. There was a lot of military presence throughout the trek and they seemed to become more friendly as we approached the Lost City.  We were told they were there for the protection of the tourists. We crossed the river for the last time, scrambled up the bank and climbed the 1000+ steps to the Lost City. It was quite mystical as we were up in the clouds.

 

Day four, we had a tour of the City ‘en Espanol’, which was kindly translated by one of our group.

Series of building platforms.
Quite amazing that a whole city was lost when the Tayronas (ancestors of the Kogi) went to fight the Spanish Conquistadors. (They lost.) The city was never found by the Spanish until some farmers came across it in 1968.  After a bit of secret grave robbing, the government eventually heard of it, took control and it was opened to the public in 1975. We were also brought up to meet the military, which Talan enjoyed as you can see from the photos. Then we made our way back across the river and through the jungle with more breaks for swimming and lots of pineapple eating.

 

Day five we retraced our steps back to our jeep pick up (squeezing two days walking into one).  We were smelly, dirty, hungry, tired, devoured by mosquitoes but quietly satisfied.  Recommended!

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We made it!
(now just got to get …
We made it! (now just got to get…
Views, views and more views!
Views, views and more views!
Food stop by the river
Food stop by the river
Series of building platforms.
Series of building platforms.
Aaaah
Cansadamos pero buenos
Aaaah Cansadamos pero buenos
Vultures or eagles...?
Vultures or eagles...?
First nights salubrious camp.  Toi…
First nights salubrious camp. To…
A break from the heat
A break from the heat
Some of the group chilling out.
Some of the group chilling out.
The 89-98 butterfly, apparently co…
The 89-98 butterfly, apparently c…
Playing Rambo with the Colombian a…
Playing Rambo with the Colombian …
We got rained on plenty.  So that…
We got rained on plenty. So that…
Young Pepe helping Kara across the…
Young Pepe helping Kara across th…
...another river crossing...
(the…
...another river crossing... (th…
Climbing the one thousand odd step…
Climbing the one thousand odd ste…
Approaching the Greeting Place; wh…
Approaching the Greeting Place; w…
Approach to the main city.
Approach to the main city.
Final approach to the city with Pe…
Final approach to the city with P…
Our group (minus 3 whod left earl…
Our group (minus 3 who'd left ear…
Aguila beer in the lost city (in a…
Aguila beer in the lost city (in …
This is for Pat, Emily and Mary
This is for Pat, Emily and Mary
Having a break (funny we never tak…
Having a break (funny we never ta…
Local inhabitant (like sheep for t…
Local inhabitant (like sheep for …
Hey big ears!
Hey big ears!
Ciudad Perdida
photo by: melsadventure