Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Ciudad Perdida, one of the oldest archaeological zones in the Americas in Colombia

Colombia is one of the countries that has experienced the most tourism in Latin America in recent years and it is no coincidence that its gastronomy, architecture and culture are among the most important in the region, in addition to the archaeological zones that leave it You are speechless. Words and with one of the oldest on the entire continent.

The Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, in Colombia is a mountain range that stretches from the Caribbean Sea to its snow-capped peaks at 5,780 meters above sea level and is one of the highest coastal mountains in the world. To date, 26 archaeological sites have been found in the Buritaca River basin, and Ciudad Perdida appears to have been the most extensive, important and monumental of all.

The park and in general the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, It is characterized by the peculiarity of its landscapes, ecosystems and biodiversity. Because of these characteristics, the Sierra was declared a Human Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1979.

The importance that the Sierra has as a “sacred site” for the indigenous peoples who inhabit it today, the importance of the biodiversity found there and the exceptional nature of the archaeological remains of Teyuna have led to consideration of this possibility Nominate the Park for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

What is known about Teyuna and Ciudad Perdida?

Some archaeologists estimate that Teyuna may have had between 1,500 and 2,000 inhabitants in the 16th century. A few years ago it was estimated that the construction of the city dates back to around 1000 AD. However, recent research conducted in the park found that the oldest residential areas date back to around 650 AD and that they were inhabited until at least 1100 or 1200 AD

The indigenous peoples of Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kankuamo currently live there Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, They claim their right to this territory as descendants of the people who inhabited it in times past.

To get to this place you must take the Santa Marta – Riohacha road and turn at the locality of Guacha Puerto Nuevo at km 52 towards the town of Mamey (12 km). From there it takes two to three days to reach the archaeological park, which leads along a bridleway and a pedestrian path (26 km).

Follow these recommendations

Given the site characteristics, before visiting the park, check with the authorities about the status of the area. The park may be temporarily closed depending on natural risk factors, access, maintenance and public order.

The climate of the area is temperate, humid and very rainy. Pack only the essentials. Make sure you are in good health. Bring back all trash Santa Martha. There is no garbage collection service in the park or in the surrounding area.

Bring plastic bags to pack all your clothing to keep it from getting wet, as well as jackets or raincoats for the rain. Comfortable, lightweight hiking shoes or boots without leather.

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