Magazine article Geographical

The Lost City of the Monkey God

Magazine article Geographical

The Lost City of the Monkey God

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by Douglas Preston,- Head of Zeus; [pounds sterling]22.79 (hardback)


Deep in the vast rainforests of Honduras, in a region called La Mosquitia, lie some of the last unexplored areas of the planet. According to legends, it is also the location of a lost city known to some as Ciudad Blanca, the White City, or the Lost City of the Monkey God.

In 2015, a group of explorers, filmmakers and archeologists headed into the jungle to try to find the remains of this civilisation, aided by modern technology in the forms of LIDAR imagery that could pierce the dense foliage and map the terrain from above. This gripping book follows every step of the journey, from the initial germs of the project, to the first moments when the group step foot among the ruins.

The White City is the stuff of legends, with rumours of its existence and location circulating for hundreds of years. Yet the inhospitable nature of La Mosquitia, as well as the fact that it is a favoured route of drug-smugglers, has made any meaningful search for the archaeological ruins almost impossible. …

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