Ciudad Perdida (literally translated as ‘The Lost City’ ), was founded in about 800A.D – some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu.

It consists of around 169 terraces, a net of tiled roads and several small circular plazas that are carved into the mountainside. It may not be as magnificant as Machu Picchu but it has a magical atmosphere that can’t fail to excite you.

The Lost City, Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

The Lost City, Colombia – Ciudad Perdida, Colombia – Fabulous Travel Guide

It was abandoned during the Spanish Conquest and only discovered in 1972 when a group of local treasure looters found a series of stone steps rising up the mountainside and followed them to an ancient city which they referred to as Green Hell or Wide Set.

It was later named Teyuna and locals believed it was the heart of a network of villages inhabited by their ancestors. Despite tribes keeping quiet about the discovery, it was finally revealed by authorities in 1975.

Now it’s a popular hiking route and you can book 4,5 or 6 day tours to Ciudad Perdida from Taganga in Colombia. Check out our photo gallery for more pictures of The Lost City and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!