Mosquitos and rivers and stairs oh my! How to find a lost city
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May 4th, 2010 – by: melsadventure
We signed up with Magic Tours and paid our $500,000 COP (270 GBP) which is the standard price of all the tours. Despite the growth in popularity there are still only four or five main agencies and they all seem to work together. The hike only started in the 80´s and was a favourite amongst adventure seeking Israelis, now it´s more secure and more expensive to pay for that security. A fair trade i´d say. The hike itself is a 5-6 day hike through the Colombian jungle to the Lost City of the Tayrona people.
D Day started fairly eventfully with Seb not being in fine health. Being the tough cookie he is he pulled his socks up, stuck on his Addidas hiking shoes and we joined the rest of our group. Introducing Nate and Jake, two Jewish American brothers more intelligent than most, more agumentative than anyone i´ve ever met and the best people to trek with. Prime candidates for the Amazing Race! We bonded immediately and it felt like fate had dealt another fortunate card as i also had 4 people on the Inca Trail and that had been an amazing experience too.
Our camp for the night was beautiful and near a natural swimming pool that you needed to jump into. All fine apart from the fact that the jump was quite high and on impact i popped my ear and couldn´t unblock it. I came out in sympathyu pains with Seb who also had a bad right ear, the gammy ear twins!
We also decided as a group to pay an additional $30,000 to visit a local cocaine factory.
1000kg coca leaves
1000kg calcium carbonate
120 litres of petrol
500mg sulfuric acid
It´s a 10 day process which involves a 5 man team. Needless to say, the process is complicated and a slight miscalculation can ruin the whole batch and hours of hard work.
The third day is one of the toughest days of the hike as it´s filled with river crossings and scrambling across rocks and various terrains for around 4 hours. As always we set a blistering pace despite our tired legs. It is however the most beautiful and fun day of the trek as it feels like real exploring scrambling, climbing and crossing rivers. I however managed to fall in the first of the river crossings and will now forever have a reminder of the trek on my knee.
The end of the third day is also special as it´s the day you arrive at the footsteps of the Lost City. I say footsteps as the treat at the end of the trek is climbing 1,200 (count them!) steps to the Lost City itself. I thought the Inca´s liked a stair!
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