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Using Lost Cities as Plot Material

Ever since the dawn of mankind, we humans have always run after mysterious and unexplored things. As I am myself writing a book on the lost city of El Dorado, I thought I would share my opinions. Read on!

Writing about myths seems to be very difficult. After all, you have to do a lot of research and plan out the whole book in advance, and it doesn’t matter whether your book is fiction or nonfiction. But a book based on unexplored places is sure to attract readers. Sure, you have to have a really wild imagination and a preexisting interest in the topic helps.

Anyway, if you ever decide on writing about it, here are some very famous and well-renowned Lost Cities to get you started-

  1. La Ciudad Blanca

    White city

    Translated into English, it means ‘the White City’, although it’s also known as ‘City of the Monkey God’ to archaeologists and researchers.Even though it is believed to exist in the thick rainforests of Honduras, nobody has found it yet. In 2012, there was mapping of these inaccessible areas by done by NASA, and the findings have been surprising. Several pyramid-like structures could be made out and even some pillars were visible. The search is still going on, but you don’t have to wait. Round up a few interesting characters, pack their suitcases and send them off to Honduras! Won’t it make an interesting story?

  2. City of the Caesars


    This city was said to lie in Patagonia, South America, somewhere in the Andes Mountains. Popular stories depict it as lying between two mountains, one of gold and another of diamonds. Patagonia, which is a region shared between Argentina and Chile, has lured many Europeans during the colonization of South America, yet nobody found nothing. In other words, it’s perfect for your very own Indiana Jones or Lara Croft to go out there and drag the city into limelight! After all, it’s supposed to have innumerable riches!

  3. Atlantis


    Ah, what more can I say about it? The name verily speaks for itself. There are very few people in this world who don’t know about this wondrous city, which was first described by the philosopher Plato in his books Timaeus and Critias. It is generally believed that this majestic and powerful city was actually an island-state and sunk to the bowels of the Atlantic Ocean due to a tsunami. Even now, some treasure hunters are racking their brains to figure out its exact location. Experts have mixed feelings in regard to its position on the globe. Some believe it’s in the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, while some believe it is hidden somewhere in the dense forests of South America. So spin out some wild theories and let your inner adventurer spring out!

  4. El Dorado

    Lake Guatavita- Masanalv CC BY 3.0,via Wikimedia Commons

    The legendary lost city of gold in Colombia: the prime target for gold-lusty Europeans and my personal favorite. I learned a lot about this as I progressed with writing and researching my book. Most archaeologists believe it to be a myth. There used to be a tradition among the people of the Muisca tribe, who used to live in the areas surrounding present-day Bogota and Boyaca. On the day of their chief’s election, they used to cover his body completely with gold dust. The chief was then ceremonially taken in a raft to the center of their sacred lake, Lake Guatavita. Once there, the chief would wash off the gold while spectators threw gold and emerald trinkets in the lake as offerings. When the Spaniards heard about this, they somehow invented that there was a Majestic kingdom of these Indians, made purely out of gold. Fantasy or reality? You decide! Or wait for my book. 😉

  5. Machu Picchu


    Also known as the Lost City of the Incas, it was discovered in the last century by explorer Hiram Bingham. But that does not matter. You can still weave an intriguing tale using tidbits from his travel. You can even speculate that the city that was found was not even the original one! Or better yet, write historical fiction, describe what the civilization actually meant and what the fortress was actually built for. Readers will eat it up like a child gobbles chocolate! Don’t believe me? Check out some of the books on this topic, and you’ll know yourself.  

    Do you know about any other such lost cities worth writing about? Share your knowledge now!



Seventeen year old blogger, writer and interviewer. Also a voracious reader. My interests include classic books, archaeology, world history and politics. Staunch advocate for wildlife conservation and animal adoption. Debut novel to be out soon!

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