The Lost City | Day 3

On the third day of this great expedition through the jungle we finally reach Teyuna, la ciudad perdida, the lost city of the Tayuna people.

On this day I walked from Camp Paraiso to the lost city.

Woke up at the crack of dawn and it was a race for the bathroom. too many hikers and not enough stalls. lets leave it at that.

We had a breakfast that consisted of arepa, fruits, sausage and coffee. We left our backpacks behind and headed to the steps with a small sack with mostly water. After an hour trailing the river we were finally there. The river was calm but we still had to cross it over wooden planks on the rocks.

Once on the other side we started climbing the dreaded steps.  Twelve hundred steps to be precised and boy were they steep. but eventually if you put one foot in front of the other you'll get there. Gabo was there waiting for me and he proceeded to explain well, everything. We started by making a coca offering at a hole on the ground before entering the city.

we walked through the different terraces, past a couple of sacred stones and a chamber where shamans would enter to travel "off body experience" to anywhere in the world.

We spend the better part of the morning exploring the city. I sat at the king's chair and finally made it to the so call "golf course" terrace for the obligatory selfie. I flew the drone with Gabo's permission and got some amazing shots.

It was time to visit the Mamo or spiritual leader. He lives with his family in a series of huts close to the city. He wasn't available so we pressed on and headed back to camp.

The bunk beds were already made for the next group of hikers on their way up. Had lunch, picked up our backpacks and started the four hour descent back to Mumake, the same campground we had lunch yesterday. Made it just in time as it started to rain just as I got there.

I took a break at a hammock while the other hikers trickled in. there is no power in the camp as the generator is busted. I took another cold shower and dinner at 6 pm before the sunset.

 

I took the opportunity to have some fun with the indigenous kids but showing them the drone in action. I can honestly tell you they had a blast. it was a mixture of awe and terror in their faces but kids will be kids. After a while they were flying the drone using the hand gesture mode. it was great.

 

Once the sun set it was candle lights all around. Gabo spoke to the entire group and gave them a sample of all the knowledge he had passed down to our group over the last couple of days. it was great way to close the night.

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