The following pages chronicle the journey of the sailing vessel Pelagic and her crew. We are a family of 5; Michael, Amy, Zander, Porter and Anakena, taking our 42' Hallberg Rassy as far as we can comfortably go in three years. We left Oregon in September 2014, participated in the 2014 Baja Haha, continued on through the Panama Canal, into the Caribbean, up the coast of the US to Maritime Canada and from there crossed the Atlantic. After an arrival in Ireland we toured Scotland, then sailed down to France, Portugal and on to Morocco. In January of 2016 we slowed down considerably and enrolled the kids in a local Spanish school in Sanlucar de Guadiana for a few months. In the spring of 2016 we crossed the Atlantic towards the Caribbean. We are now in the Pacific, officially on our way home, albeit via a very circuitous path. We are currently in French Polynesia and looking at weather windows to Hawaii before finally making landfall back in the Pacific Northwest.

Currently our exact location is not available. Our spot coverage will pick us back up in Hawaii towards the end of May, 2017.

Our favorite sailing quote:

"If anythings gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there boss!" Captain Ron

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ciudad Perdida, by Zander, November 1

I recently took a tour to Ciudad Peridida, the lost city, in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Colombia. Indians lived in this site in 800 AD. Ciudad Peridida was discovered by the western world in 1972 when grave robbers stumbled upon it. Ciudad Peridida is up at 1,500 meters above sea level, and is almost always hidden behind the clouds. There are a lot of tour company's in Santa Marta that will take you to the lost city. all of the tours are about 700,000 pesos, about 230 US dollars.

Every morning we woke up early ( 5 am ) to a breakfast of local foods and we were walking by 6 am. We walked all day with a lunch stop and a few fruit and water stops. We usually arrived at camp at 4:30 pm. We always had a big meal, swam in the river and we were in bed by 8 pm. Each camp had a place to swim, a place to hang wet clothing and places to rest. For camps we overnighted in the beds where comfortable with bug nets hung over them or you had the choice of hammocks, but all sleeping was communal.

The last camp is less then a kilometer from the lost city ( about a 1/2 mile ). The city is the highest point in the hike( 1,500 meters ) and also the turning around point. But before you can see the city you have to climb 1,200 steps. At the top of the stairs you get your first views of the lost city. What is left of the city is mainly stone terraces where the huts once stood, the wood huts have long since been reclaimed by the jungle. The city is protected from grave looters by the Colombian army, so there was a platoon of soldiers that spent three months at a time guarding the city. Looting was common because the Indians were buried with all their possessions, including an abundance of gold to get them through the four worlds of the afterlife.

The Indians we visited (Wiwa) are also very interesting and have kept their traditional culture mainly intact. A few times a day one or two Indians would pass us by ( going faster then us ). The Indians were dressed in white, the traditional colors, rubber boots and cowboy hats. When children become 18 they are allowed to wear the traditional white and the traditional hat. Before that, they have to wear brown clothes and no hat. The Indians showed us how to dry coco leaves ( they chew the leaves because it dulls their hunger and allows them to walk longer and faster in a day). They also showed us how they get the fiber out from plants to make thread for their bags. The Indians have managed to live much as they have for hundreds of years without too much influence from Westerners.

It was a long, hard, muddy hike and we were wet most of the time, but I'm very glad we did it. I very highly recommend the hike. If you like hiking and think you can do it for four days through the rain forest, you will love this hike. As some people say it is about the journey, not just the destination. If you do happen to do the hike, bring a lot of extra dry clothes!

pics to follow

1 comment:

  1. Zander and Mike...terrific job getting to the Lost City! Can't wait to see more pics!
    I am reading your blog with great interest. We just returned to Curaçao, and sorry we missed you when you were here. Amy, that one fantastic dinner in Grenada wasn't enough...I could spend a whole week chatting with you...esp about Los Rochas and Colombia. Email me, please! Say hi to all the crew, Alisa (from Galactic)