299: Steve Elkins | Finding the Lost City of the Monkey God

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Steve Elkins is a cinematographer and explorer whose discovery of and expedition to a legendary settlement in the rainforest of Honduras is chronicled in The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston.

[Featured photo by Ryan Hartford of Ecliptic Media]

What We Discuss with Steve Elkins:

  • How did Steve and his team manage to only recently discover a legendary city in the Honduran rainforest that had been aggressively -- and fruitlessly -- sought out by disappointed locals and explorers for half a millennium?
  • The countless natural and manmade dangers of exploring the mosquito-infested region of Honduras known locally as "The Gates of Hell" -- from venom-spitting snakes to quicksand to drug cartels.
  • Why knowing an unhinged guy with a gun can come in handy when your producer needs to leave the expedition early and return to civilization for a family emergency.
  • The logistics, legal considerations, and politics that go into being outsiders exploring the cultural heritage of another country.
  • The details of what Steve and his team discovered, and what this discovery has brought to light beyond the mere satisfaction of archaeological curiosity.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: https://jordanharbinger.com/299

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