The Lost City of the Monkey God

The legend of a lost city hidden below the canopy of the thickest jungle in the world – that of eastern Honduras – first came to be known to the Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes 500 year ago. The so-called “White City”, also known to indigenous tribes as “The Lost City Of The Monkey God” was reputed to be one of immense wealth, but also a cursed place; according to myth, those who dared enter would fall ill and die.

The legend turned out to be true, but so did the curse. One of the members of that expedition was journalist and author Douglas Preston, who chronicled the story of the search and discovery in the book The Lost City Of The Monkey God.

‘They eat away your nose and your lips until they fall off’

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