Recently, scientists have discovered an ancient city in Colombia dubbed Ciudad Perdida. According to Newsweek, the lost city was found high up in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, likely founded around 1200 years ago by the native Tairona people.
Ciudad Perdida has gone unnoticed for so long mainly due to its unforgiving terrain. Researchers had to trek over 30 miles through a thick jungle that is known for harboring narcos in order to reach the site. The lengths these researchers had to go through should have been the inspiration for the Indiana Jones reboot instead of, ugh . . . aliens.
The LiDAR system consists of a device that’s fitted onto a plane that scans or maps the land with a laser as it flies over. Here’s a more in depth video explaining how it works:
Once the LiDAR system uncovered the existence of Ciudad Perdida, scientists at the site discovered a stone map. This map revealed paths that the Tairona would use to travel to other nearby settlements, and while it’s not exactly a city of gold the Tairona people would wear gold ornaments that helped spark the legend of such a city.
What do you think of this discovery? Will we ever find a city of gold? Let us know in the comments.