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What do the local indigenous people say about Ciudad Perdida?

A Sacred Site, Not Lost: Indigenous Perception

The Lost City holds profound reverence among the indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Unlike the conventional notion of being “lost,” this archaeological marvel has remained a sacred cornerstone within their cultural heritage.

Cultural Continuity: Indigenous Heritage and Lost City

Descendants of the illustrious Tayrona civilization, including the Wiwas, Koguis, Arhuacos, and Kankuamos, uphold their ancestral ties to the Lost City. Annually, in September, these indigenous groups converge to partake in timeless ceremonies that honor and celebrate the Lost City, referred to as “llama” in their traditional language: TEYUNA.

Preserving Tradition: Ceremonial Rites for the Lost City

Within the embrace of September’s embrace, indigenous communities unite to pay homage to TEYUNA. Guided by a rich tapestry of tradition, these ceremonies serve as a poignant reminder of the deep-rooted connection between these native peoples and the Lost City. As the sacred fires burn and echoes of ancestral chants fill the air, the essence of the Lost City lives on, eternally intertwined with the heritage of those who have safeguarded its spiritual significance.

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