In 1544, Bishop Cristobol de Pedraza, the Bishop of Honduras, wrote a letter to the King of Spain describing an arduous trip to the edge of the Mosquito Coast jungles. He tells of looking east from a mountaintop into unexplored territory, where he saw a large city in one of the river valleys that cut through the Mosquito Coast. His guides, he wrote, assured him that the nobles there ate from plates of pure Gold.
|In June 2012, a team of scientists using advanced laser mapping detailed a remote region of Honduras that may be the legendary lost city.|
Flying over the Mosquitia region in a small plane shooting billions of laser pulses at the ground, they created a 3D digital map of the topology beneath the jungle canopy.
|Ciudad Blanca has played a central role in Central American mythology. Text's cite it as the birthplace of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl and previous reported sightings over the years have described golden idols and elaborately carved white stones, leading to the lost city's name.|