Monday, 12 May 2008

Lost City


I hadn't really planed on any trekking on this trip, what with my dislocated knee and lack of hiking boots, but when I arrived in Santa Marta I decided to sign up for the 6 day round trip to the Ciudad Perdida. The trek isn't especially difficult, but the rain on the first day made parts really slippy, and I was glad of my investment in a pair of wellies.


We passed through various types of forest, inhabited by indifferent indigenous peoples and very friendly soldiers. Evenings were mostly spent sculpting wax models from burning candles (there wanst much in the way of entertainment provided!). I have to admit that the idea of sleeping in a hammock is much nicer than the reality. It is fun, bu the the relative lack of sleep and the resulting back pain makes it something to try sparingly.


Although the ruins themselves aren't overly dramatic, the sheer scale of the place, coupled with the jungle setting, makes for a very memorable trip. Walking up the 2000 odd steps into the lost city was especially moving, particularly for my calves. The guides were really good, and provided us with great food and typical Colombian hospitality. Although I hate backtracking, the return trip was actually pretty nice, as we had great weather, which made the views beautiful and the swimming holes particularly inviting.


Santa Marta itself was nothing special, though now a bad place. It certainly didnt give the impression that its the oldest settlement in Colombia. Cartagena (pictured) is a few years newer, but a world apart when it comes to the the preservation and renovation of its colonial part. Next up is some beach time and maybe a little diving.

6 comments:

Stephen Sharkey said...

keep up the blogging Sean boy, we are still keeping track with ya. Aw the best, sharks

seanmullins said...

sharkey! didnt think u still existed:)

Stephen Sharkey said...

I'm still about macgiver....keepin it real, not swanning about Colombia!

Just watched the huns lose the UEFA Cup final, thank god for that ;-)

Caroline and I getting married next year, I'll send your invitation by carrier pigeon!

seanmullins said...

well done I guess!!!!

also looks like another trophy might be slipping from gers hands...

Mary said...

didn't know you had done the knee again....place looks great....take care...all in bp esp Joey

seanmullins said...

didnt do the kneee again...why u asking??