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Bambi’s photo diary of our jungle adventure to the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City)

Central area from another angle

Many people told us that if we were visiting Colombia we HAD to do the multi-day trek to Ciudad Perdida (the Lost City) telling us it was the best trek in South America.

They definitely were right!

Four days trekking in the Colombian jungle and reaching the archaeological site of the ancient city has been one of the best things we have ever done and by far our best trek. It rained a lot, was incredibly hot, had millions of mosquitoes and at times was physically demanding, but already I want to go back and do it all over again.

Ciudad Perdida, discovered in 1972, is believed to have been founded in 800 CE (650 years earlier than Machu Picchu). Reached only by a climb of 1,200 stone steps deep within the Sierra Nevada jungle, it used to be the home of the Tairona who abanded the city during the Spanish conquest.

Following the expression, ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’ and a video – well so many more, I decided to create a photo diary sharing our adventure and 4-day trek to this amazing place…

 

Us excited and eager at the tour guides office
Us excited and eager at the tour guides office
Bambi super excited in the car as we travel to the start of the trek
Bambi super excited in the car as we travel to the start of the trek
Goat on the other hand, is using the time to be productive and planning the 'trip report'
Goat on the other hand, is using the time to be productive and planning the ‘trip report’
Quick stop for fuel... fancy a beer? Not sure what the drinking and driving policies are in Colombia...
Quick stop for fuel… fancy a beer? Not sure what the drinking and driving policies are in Colombia…

Final leg of the journey…a bit bumpy!

Start of the trek....it rained so much! Our natural scent for the following 3 days was a mixture of damp dog mixed with deet insect repellent - a pungent combination!
Start of the trek….it rained so much! Our natural scent for the following 3 days was a mixture of damp dog mixed with deet insect repellent – a pungent combination!
Fresh fruit was much needed fuel and got us from one pit stop to the next. Bambi here scoffing her face
Fresh fruit was much needed fuel and got us from one pit stop to the next. Bambi here scoffing her face
The trek at times was super muddy, coupled with the tropical rain it provided much amusement
The trek at times was super muddy, coupled with the tropical rain it provided much amusement

And here is why…Bambi living up to her name and being bambiesque

First night at Camp 1...unfortunately we both ended up looking like the 80's Cadbury's Milk Tray delivery man...
First night at Camp 1…unfortunately we both ended up looking like the 80’s Cadbury’s Milk Tray delivery man…
The beautiful start of Day 2 as as the scenery starts to turn from countryside to jungle
The beautiful start of Day 2 as the scenery starts to turn from countryside to jungle
Morning mist across the Sierra Nevada
Morning mist across the Sierra Nevada
Bambi literally airing her dirty laundry which was soaked from the day before
Bambi literally airing her dirty laundry which was soaked from the day before
Jungle mist in the early morning
Jungle mist in the early morning
Getting into our stride on Day 2
Getting into our stride on Day 2
Bambi tired and struggling with the heat
Bambi tired and struggling with the heat
Always time for a quick pose against the impressive backdrop
Always time for a quick pose against the impressive backdrop
Our trek group
Our trek group
A little donkey - one of many that we passed during the 4 days
A little donkey – one of many that we passed during the 4 days
The 4 moods of Bambi - Mood 1 = Hangry* *hungry + angry
The 4 moods of Bambi – Mood 1 = Hangry*
*hungry + angry
The 4 moods of Bambi - Mood 2 = Happy
The 4 moods of Bambi – Mood 2 = Happy
The 4 moods of Bambi - Mood 3 = Sweaty (yes I know it is not a mood)
The 4 moods of Bambi – Mood 3 = Sweaty (yes I know it is not a mood)
The 4 moods of Bambi - Mood 4 = Sleepy
The 4 moods of Bambi – Mood 4 = Sleepy
Village of the local indigenous Koguis tribe, used only occasionally for ceremonial rituals or celebrations
Village of the local indigenous Koguis tribe, used only occasionally for ceremonial rituals or celebrations
One of the more easier river crossings...
One of the more easier river crossings…
Evening at Day 2 Camp
Evening at Day 2 Camp
Bambi caught in the middle of diary writing
Bambi caught in the middle of diary writing
Start of Day 3 - early morning selfie
Start of Day 3 – early morning selfie

6am river crossing. The current was very strong and the water very cold

The 1,200 stone step climb, from the river to Ciudad Perdida
The 1,200 stone step climb, from the river to Ciudad Perdida
The amazing Ciudad Perdida in between arriving and the typical postcard shot. Wooden homes used to sit in the stone terraces
The amazing Ciudad Perdida in between arriving and the typical postcard shot. Wooden homes used to sit on the stone terraces
Journeying to the central area of Ciudad Perdida
Journeying to the central area of Ciudad Perdida
Our trek mascot who swam rivers, climbed steps and travelled the jungle terrain to be with us
Our trek mascot who swam rivers, climbed steps and travelled the jungle terrain to be with us
The amazing view looking down the central area - the typical postcard shot. It really was amazing and photos don't do it justice
The amazing view looking down the central area – the typical postcard shot. It really was amazing and photos don’t do it justice
Central area from another angle
Central area from another angle
Goat looking out at the Sierra Nevada...Bambi still managing to get her finger in every shot
Goat looking out at the Sierra Nevada…Bambi still managing to get her finger in every shot
The home of the Shaman's house from the Koguis tribe who lives at the Lost City
The home of the Shaman from the Koguis tribe who lives at the Lost City
The Shaman's home
The Shaman’s home
Another section of the Ciudad Perdida
Another section of the Ciudad Perdida
Bambi feeling the steps and strain of the last few days
Bambi feeling the steps and strain of the last few days

One of our best moments, crossing the river in this…

Meeting a Community Leader of the Koguis tribe who explained his tribe's beliefs, rituals and lifestyle. During his talk we sampled Coca Tea!
Meeting a Community Leader of the Koguis tribe who explained his tribe’s beliefs, rituals and lifestyle. During his talk we sampled Coca Tea!
Amazing scenery on our trek out on Day 4
Amazing scenery on our trek out on Day 4
We did it - a quick selfie before our final descent!
We did it – a quick selfie before our final descent!

3 thoughts on “Bambi’s photo diary of our jungle adventure to the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City)

  1. Great photos again, lovely to see the four moods of Bambi which I know so well and miss!
    What a great place to have seen.
    xxxxx

  2. Unkl Zen , wonderful log and photos. Im guessing , judging by the Shamans eyes….. hed had a pot of tea 😨
    What a great glimpse into another world .
    Enjoy Every Second x

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