Hidden deep in the jungle of the Sierra Nevada de Santa there is a mysterious Lost City of Colombia
Built by the Tayrona over 1,000 years ago, the archeological site only became an attraction after it was discovered in the 1970s.
Called Teyuna by the Tayrona but nicknamed Lost City when rediscovering it, the ancient wonder is often compared to Machu Picchu, since both are archaeological sites located on hillsides and tucked into the rainforests of South America.
However, Teyuna is over 600 years older and, unlike its Peruvian counterpart, there are no trains or buses that allow easy trips to reach its ruins.
The Tayrona had to leave their settlements in the mid-seventeenth century, and the forests swallowed most of their trails.
The ancient city consists of a series of 169 terraces that were carved on the mountainside. One of the terraces of the Lost City covers nine hundred square meters.
Lost City of Colombia also has a network of mosaic streets and several circular squares. It is also home to a huge rock with mysterious carved lines. It is believed that the rock was used as a star map.
This city was rediscovered in 1972 when adventurers and treasure hunters ran into a series of stone steps that climbed up the side of the mountain. They called the city “Green Hell” or “Wide Set.”
Soon after, several precious artifacts, mostly made of gold, began appearing on the black market in several countries, and official archaeologists arrived at the site in 1976.
They completed the renovation of the city between 1976 and 1982, documenting most of the structures.
Today, ‘Lost City of Colombia’ is recognized as one of the largest pre-Columbian cities discovered in America, and is the focus of Colombia’s most popular multi-day walk.
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