Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

Ciudad Perdida, or Lost City, is a remote Tayrona archaeological site in northern Colombia. This group is dedicated to discussing the threats it faces in order to preserve it for future generations.

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Latest Activity: Feb 13, 2014

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GHF Executive Director visits Ciudad Perdida

Started by Dan Thompson Mar 18, 2013. 0 Replies

GHF Executive Director Vince Michael just returned from Ciudad Perdida and has written about the experience on his blog.  Read it here:  …Continue

Tags: Ciudad, Perdida, Urbanism, Michael, Vince

Advances in Community Development

Started by Global Heritage Network Sep 6, 2012. 0 Replies

GHF community development investments in the Tayrona Conservation Project have been focused on four main areas:Training and capacity buildingIncome and employmentSocial developmentHeritage…Continue

Q&A with Dr. Santiago Giraldo

Started by Global Heritage Network Jun 25, 2012. 0 Replies

Dr. Giraldo serves as the Director of GHF’s Colombia Heritage Program, working on research and preservation efforts in Pueblito archaeological site in Tayrona National Park and in Teyuna-Ciudad…Continue

Tags: FIAAT, ICANH, GHF, Colombia, Perdida

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Comment by Santiago Giraldo on February 8, 2012 at 12:20pm

Dear All,

During the week of January 22 thru 26, a Fundacion Puentes de la Esperanza, Global Heritage Fund, and Fundacion de Investigaciones Arqueologicas y Ambientales Tayrona  team assembled with the indigenous and peasant community a 30 meter long bridge over the Buritaca river. The indigenous and peasant communities worked hand in hand with us to set up the suspension bridge at the first ford. This is where a 21 year old French tourist lost his life in June of 2011 in a flash flood. The bridge greatly improves safety for the indigenous community, guides, and visitors, especially during the rainy season when the river may rise up to 7 meters (21 feet).

Construction of the suspension bridge was funded by the Conservation Landscapes Program, Fondo Patrimonio Natural-USAID.


Comment by Beatrice Byer Bayle on February 3, 2012 at 5:42am

The latest conservation report has been uploaded to the Ciudad Perdida's Site Profile on GHN. To view the Spanish language document, click here.

Here is a brief summary translated into English from Catalina Bateman's introduction:

"Through the conservation work and the diagnose of the site carried out in 2011,  we could determine that one of the main factors affecting the conservation of archaeological structures is the plugging of drainage ditches. The assessment carried out in July 2011 showed that over 90% of the channels were blocked by accumulation of mud and litter, exceeding in some cases layers of 15 cm. The fact that water does not evacuate rapidly generates flooding, which can seep into the interior of structures, thus facilitating the disintegration of filling material. The flooding has also produced an accumulation of mud and straw that generate extra weight onto the flooring slabs, resulting in their displacement and collapse, where, in extreme cases, the cumulative weight of material added to the force of the water, caused the partial collapse of walls. This project was proposed as a preventive emergency measure in order to mitigate the effects of water on the archaeological structures. It resulted in the clearing  of 137 channels located in the Channel and Stones sectors, and in the Gallera Mahecha. The accomplished work exceeded our expectancy, leaving only pending the clearing of the channels of the main shaft and the sector of the cabins.
Fieldwork took place in November 2011. The team was made up by Catalina Bateman, Patricia Ramirez, Walter Hinojosa, Jose Buitrago Eucario, Danilo Celis, Hader Ortiz, Luis Ramirez, and Archaeological Park workers Septimio Martinez and David Meneses."

Comment by Beatrice Byer Bayle on January 31, 2012 at 9:00am

Very pleased to join this group and work for an integrated conservation program of the Cuidad Perdida. Will serve as site coordinator and post regular updates on the progress made in situ. If anybody finds interesting articles relevant to the subject, please let me know.


Comment by Rupestreweb on August 1, 2011 at 6:45pm
Gracias por la informacion. Estaremos  muy pendientes de  sus reportes. Cordial saludo.
Comment by Santiago Giraldo on August 1, 2011 at 6:26pm
In an effort to improve communications and visitor safety at Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida park, ICANH was able to acquire a Compartel community satellite phone for the Park that was installed today. The phone was installed by technicians from the Colombian Ministry of Communications and is now operational. On site teams may now call out and receive calls. We are hoping that Internet access may be enabled in the short term so we can do live updates from the park itself.
Comment by Fundacion AVIVA on May 17, 2011 at 7:54am
What happens now with the intense rain period in Colombia?
Comment by Santiago Giraldo on January 24, 2011 at 5:51am

Hello all,


We are currently getting ready for a month-long mapping season at Ciudad Perdida where an ICANH-GHF team will be redoing the architectural and topographic survey of the site. In addition, we will try to produce comparable surveys for two adjacent sites, B-207 (Planadas de Lorenzo) and Garaje-1. This will allow us to determine the core conservation areas, visitor circulation paths, and help us determine the nature of these sites which we know very little about.

Comment by Fundacion AVIVA on November 9, 2010 at 8:29am
Sorry to hear that. Hoping the hurricane will not hit Santa Marta!
Comment by Santiago Giraldo on November 9, 2010 at 7:10am
Santa Marta is still on hurricane alert, the 6 foot waves damaged structures along the waterfront and caused the collapse of several house in the poorer quarters of the city. I just spoke with Walter Hinojosa, a good friend and guide who was up at Ciudad Perdida last week with a group of 100 schoolchildren. He reported that even though there were occasional strong winds and afternoon rain, there were no damages to structures, significant tree fall, or mudslides. Nevertheless, one person and his mule were killed by a large tree branch that fell upon them in the outskirts of El Mamey, the trailhead town.
Comment by Global Heritage Network on November 4, 2010 at 9:01am
Thanks for the update, Santiago. Let's hope no damage is incurred to the site.

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