Ciudad perdida
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Ciudad perdida

Ciudad Perdida (Spanish for "Lost City") is the archeological site of an ancient city in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is believed to have been founded about 800 AD, some 650 years earlier than Machu Pichu.

It was discovered in 1972, when a group of local treasure looters found a series of stone steps rising up the mountainside and followed them to an abandoned city which they named "Green Hell" or "Wide Set". When gold figurines and ceramic urns from this city began to appear in the local black market, authorities revealed the site in 1975.

Members of local tribes the Arhuaco, the Kogui and the Assario have stated that they visited the site regularly before it was widely discovered, but had kept quiet about it. They call the city Teyuna and believe it was the heart of a network of villages inhabited by their forebears, the Tairona. Ciudad Perdida was probably the region's political and manufacturing center on the Buritaca River and may have housed from 2000 up to 8000 people. It was apparently abandoned during the Spanish conquest.

The site consists of a series of wonderful terraces (169) carved into the mountainside, a net of tiled pathways and intricate staircases, several small circular plazas, and gorgeous views of the surrounding landscapes. The entrance can only be accessed by climbing up some 1,200 stone steps through the dense jungle; during the 3 day magical trek to reach it, you visits a couple of indigenous villages and delight yourself with beautiful fireflies and butterflies, dramatic tropical flowers and trees, a unique bird life, and a series of streams where you can plunge in to refresh yourself.

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