Ciudad Perdida Travel Blog› entry 94 of 134 › view all entries
May 6th, 2010 – by: melsadventure
After scrambling over rocks, across rivers and tackling 1,200 stairs i felt like Rocky (and did a silent tribute) as i climbed the last stair and finally made it into the Lost City. After hearing so many people talk about the lack of things to see at the actual city i was actually really impressed with what i saw. It´s true it´s no Machu Picchu in that the buildings are no longer visible and there are no temples or places of worship visible. However, the foundations, walkways and stairways left behind are nothing short of impressive. The scale of the ruin is immense and covers the entire side of the mountain we had just climbed.
The Tayrona people lived here around 800AD before Machu Picchu.
The military live there for 4 months with no contact with their families, friends or loved ones. They have no alcohol and no cigarettes so they naturally love that gringos will bring things with them and sometimes you can trade alcohol for a hat. I wasn´t so lucky but i did manage to make friends and get some photos!
The city itself is in the most spectacular setting and it takes a good 20 mins or so just sitting in the middle circle taking the views in. It´s spectaculr and well worth the hike. On the way out we also managed to visit the Fountain of Youth (much needed after the hiking!) which was a beautiful freezing cold pool with a waterfall.
Enough from me .... i´ll let the pictures do the talking!
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