Lost Cities of America – Reflecting Zenith of Ancient Civilizations

Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

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Colombia; Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta; Lost City trail; Ciudad Perdida; 2014

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Reaching out to Ciudad Perdida is an adventure of a lifetime in itself. Concealed away in the misty rainforests of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, you need to swoosh though the verdant green jungles glide through the slippery trails, cross through the gushing rivers and scramble up hard on the daunting slopes. Built in between AD 500 to 700 by the astute Tayrona Indians, it was condemned during the Spanish expansion. Few intrepid treasure hunters found it in 1970’s and they took away all they could. But the exotic citadel remains to be a jaw-dropper.

Calakmul, Mexico

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You won’t be able to hear the footsteps amidst the buzzing chatter of monkeys at Calakmul. Nestled in the wilderness of Campeche, Calakmul’s almost vertical pyramids (shrouded with green sheets) are undoubtedly the tallest in Mexico. The ancient megalopolis was the arch rival of Tikal just across the border in Guatemala. The excavated vibrantly colored frescos which were buried beneath the pyramids for ages, give an insight into the daily Mayan life.

Choquequirao, Peru

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The old citadel of Machu Picchu has been much enchanted over the last few years. Barely 44km far from it, is the Choquequirao which means cradle of gold. Some historians say that no to progressive settlements stood so near to each other in olden times. And though unsung but Choquequirao is nothing short of sheer bliss. This mountaintop city was commissioned by Topa Inca Yupanqui, the Prince of the Incans. The site was intended as a refuge to the royals as a ceremonial one.

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