Mystery Explored: Lost Cities of the Amazon
Expedition Dates: November 25 - December 10, 2005


Ever since the first Spanish explorers told tales of cities in the middle of the jungle-choked Amazon, explorers, archaeologists and treasure-hunters alike have been searching for them, and many have died trying…including the most famous Amazon explorer Col. Percy Fawcett.  I accompanied University of Florida’s Michael Heckenberger deep into Brazil’s Mato Grosso region to follow Fawcett’s trail to the point of his last known location. We took buses, planes, trucks and river boats five days deep into the jungle until we finally reached a people called the Xinguanos in the village of Kuikuru. It was here where we discovered the archaeological evidence that points not only to the existence of huge cities in the jungle, but also to the fact that their descendants are still very much alive today. 

Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
Chief Afukaka Kuikuru
Dr. Denise Schaan
Dr. Michael Heckenberger
Helena Lima

Locations Visited:
Brasilia, Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil
Kuikuru Village, Matto Grosso, Brazil
Belem, Brazil
Marajó, Brazil
Manaus, Brazil
Açutuba Archaeological Site, Brazil



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