Day 3, 4 and 5
On day 3 we woke up at 5am, got some coffee down and started hiking for about 30 minutes to the start of the 1200 stairs to the Lost City.
After signing in we took a slow walk around these awesome 1400-ish year old ruins surrounded by dense jungle. The whole time I was having flash backs to when I was a kid and reading about this place in some forgotten magazine, with wide eyes and in awe that something like that existed out there, and here I was decades later walking around them myself. Time…
We took it all in while the guides gave us some information and of course took loads of pics. At some point they brought out a huge tray of snacks for us while we stared down over the ruins from the highest point.
It was a great cherry on top of the hiking, and then it was time to hike back. We spent the next 2 days retracing our tracks and swimming under new waterfalls. Hiking at full speed Calina and I kind of became known for how fast we walked, I think it is because of the hike and flying we did previously that we like to get er dun. On day 4 our group finished but we spent an extra night in the jungle. That's when the bed bugs feasted on me, but it wouldn't be a jungle hike without something trying to eat you.
It really was a great trip. Hot, sticky sweaty and itchy. Lots of uphills and downhills. Lush green jungles, waterfalls and icy rivers to swim in, bugs, birds and people with a very different culture to see and learn about, and of course, the over a millennium old city I had read about as a child, tucked away in the Colombian jungle. A great little adventure which really makes me appreciate the things I usually take for granted, like air conditioning, Netflix and supermarkets.