Lost expeditions are voyages that end up going wrong in some way, which usually results in the death or disappearance of the explorers themselves. Exploring is a dangerous job, but for most explorers the thrill and excitement is worth the risk. Although most lost expeditions date back hundreds of years, some are as recent as the 1980’s.
1. Percy Fawcett
Fawcett believed there was an undiscovered city in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil. He called the city “Z”, and set out with his son and friend to find it. Fawcett understood the dangers, and left a note saying that if he died no explorers should come to rescue him, in case they don’t make it back either. While travelling through Brazil, the team was small enough to avoid detection from hostile tribes, or at least it should have been. Fawcett wrote a letter to his wife detailing how the expedition was going, and mentioning that he was ready to venture into the unexplored territory. The letter was sent by a runner from Dead Horse Camp, and although the letter gave off the impression he was in high spirits, he was never he+5ard from again. 100 brave explorers ignored his wishes not to be rescued, but every single one of them failed to return.