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The Lost City
Airdate February 24, 2003 (TV)
June 3, 2003 (VHS and DVD)
Season 2
Episode 26
Written by Chris Gifford
Previous Whose Birthday is It?
Next León, the Circus Lion

The Lost City is the 26th episode of Dora the Explorer from season 2.

Characters present


Dora lost her teddy bear, Osito and has to get to the Lost City in order to retrieve him, among with other things her friends lost. 


Dora & Boots put up a picture of a teddy bear wearing a vest up against the tree. They use 4 pieces of sticky tape to hold each corner. Dora explained that she lost her teddy bear. She has had that teddy bear since she was a toddler. But now it's lost and she really needs to find him because she misses him so much. Suddenly, Swiper was nearby. Swiper saw the poster and asks "What's this, you lost your teddy bear?". Dora nods "yeah, he's lost". Swiper honestly said, "I didn't swipe him". Dora knows that. Swiper hopes Dora finds him. Map told Dora that he knew where to find Dora's teddy bear. He said that he's at the lost city. Map tells Dora & Boots that the lost city is a place filled with all toys and treasures that everyone has ever lost. So, Dora & Boots took Map's advice and decided ti go to the lost city. Map tells them that they had to go through the number pyramid, find a shortcut to the mixed-up jungle to get to the lost city. He also mentions that Dora & Boots can catch stars along the way. Dora & Boots were on their way to the lost city. Suddenly, they hear stars. There was even an explorer star that went "Woo-Hoo". Dora & Boots looked around and wondered where Woo-Hoo went. Woo-Hoo comes out of hiding behind a rock. Dora & Boots catch the stars. Dora catches the regular stars while Boots caught Woo-Hoo. They put the stars into the star pocket. After that, they see Azul the blue train. Azul was feeling sad because he lost his whistle. Dora & Boots told him they were on their way to the lost city to find Dora's teddy bear. They said Azul's whistle might be there, too. They climbed aboard Azul the blue train and decided to take them to the number pyramid. Along the way, some of Dora and Boots' friends lost something. Benny had a baseball and glove and lost his baseball bat. Isa lost her wheels to her scooter. Tico lost his keys for his yellow car and Swiper lost one of his blue gloves. Dora & Boots told them not to worry and said they will find their lost things at the lost city. Dora & Boots reach the number pyramid. They thank Azul for the ride. As Dora & Boots entered the pyramid, they saw 10 different lifts numbered 1-10. They weren't sure which lift to use. Dora touches a blue screen. The blue screen says: "To know which lift you have to take, count all the way to number 8". Dora & Boots did so count up to 8. The 8th lift rises up and they reach a series of vines. Dora & Boots saw another screen, Dora taps the screen and it tells them: "To know which vine is right for you, first count 5 and then add 2. Boots pictures the clue very carefully. Dora & Boots counted 5 vines and then they counted 2 more vines. Now, they had to use mathematics by counting 5 and adding 2. They counted up to 7 because 5 + 2 = 7. Dora & Boots use the 7th vine and swung around and around the number pyramid. Dora & Boots land on solid ground. They saw trapdoors numbered 1-4. A screen comes up. Boots touches the screen this time and the blue screen said: "You'll find the way out if you choose the right door, it's the number that comes between 2 and 4. Dora & Boots took the clues into pieces. Boots stands in front of trapdoor #2 while Dora stands in front of trapdoor #4. The blue arrow clicks on trapdoor #3. Dora and Boots stand on trapdoor #3. They fall through and then they slide down a long red slide and exit out the number pyramid. Dora & Boots land on a blue pillow at the bottom. Dora & Boots finished going through the number pyramid and now they had to go through the mixed-up jungle. It was far away. Map tells them: "shortcut, shortcut". Dora & Boots should use the secret shortcut. Map tells them to find the door to the shortcut, they had to jump up and down on the blue triangle. Map does a demo. Dora & Boots try jumping up & down on the blue triangle. A couple bushes separates and a blue door flips up as it opens. Dora & Boots go through and it took them straight to the mixed-up jungle. The mixed-up jungle got mixed-up. Clouds were on the ground, a fish was in the nest and a tree was upside down. The clouds got put back in the sky, the tree turned right side up and the fish was put back in the water and a bird is what lives in the nest. After fixing the mixed-up jungle, Dora & Boots go through and they were getting close to finding the lost city. Dora & Boots saw something that was blocking their way. It was a curtain. Dora & Boots had to raise it up to uncover the lost city behind it. Boots tries saying "up, up" but nothing happened. Dora tries saying "arriba, arriba" and the curtain rises up. Dora figured out the curtain understands Spanish. Dora & Boots had to say arriba to get the curtain to go up. After saying "arriba", the curtain completely lifts up and they uncover the lost city. Dora had to find her teddy bear. Suddenly, Woo-Hoo comes out of the star pocket and goes hiding. Dora thought Woo-Hoo can find her teddy bear by finding him. So, Woo-Hoo hides behind several toys and spreads out his arms to uncover something. As Woo-Hoo knocks away a party hat, Dora's teddy bear was found. Dora was so happy to get her teddy bear back. And then, something amazing happened. All the lost toys and treasures are going back to its rightful owners. Benny gets his baseball bat back, Isa gets her wheels back for her scooter, Azul gets his whistle back, Tico gets his keys back so he can drive his car and even Swiper gets his missing glove back. Everybody was happy to get their lost treasures back and they all gave the viewer a thank you. Boots thought maybe his blanket was at the lost city. Sure enough, Boots blanket hovers over a fountain. Boots gets his blanket back and he hasn't had his blanket when he was a little monkey. And that was how Dora got her teddy bear back and how Boots got his blanket back from going to the lost city.


Places in episode

  1. Number Pyramid
  2. Mixed-Up Jungle
  3. Lost City


  • Swiper does not do any swiping in this episode.
  • Swiper honestly tells Dora that he did not swipe her teddy bear.
  • The 3 picture sequence where 1st square appears, Dora says 1st place, 2nd square appears, Dora says 2nd place and 3rd square appears, Dora says 3rd place gets put to permanent use.
  • Map shows a shortcut path in this episode.
  • This is the first episode where the Fiesta Trio sings along with Map and where they play an extended fanfare.
  • A PC game of this episode was released on July 27, 2002 before the episode aired.
  • This is the first appearance of the star pocket and the Explorer Stars.
  • When Dora is telling the viewer to stand up to help them jump, she does not use the phrase "You have to stand up" before "Stand up please". She just says the second phrase.
  • This is the first episode where Map does not sing the I'm The Map song in the legacy version, and the first episode he doesn't sing alone, it's the first episode the Fiesta Trio sing with him.
  • Also, Even though it's a season 2 episode, After Map explains to the viewer about how to get to the last place Dora and Boots got to go, He does not say "so you tell Dora" like all season 2 episodes, he instead says "so remember".
  • This is the first episode (and the only season 2 episode) featuring the Explorer Stars and a minigame for them at the end during the end credits instead of a Character Find.
  • Swiper is on his good side in this episode because he's sad and disappointed that he lost his glove.
  • This is the first episode Dora and Boots don't sing the original Travel Song, they instead sing the Lost City Travel Song.
  • When Swiper comes to see that Dora has lost her favorite teddy bear, he's wearing both of his gloves but somehow lost 1 glove, he was wearing both of his gloves so it's unknown how he just lost 1 glove and somehow just ends up at the lost city.
  • The scene where Dora and Boots slide down the Number Pyramid is seen in the intro.


  • Even though it's a Season 2 episode, it didn't feature the seasons 1-2 version of Dora The Explorer Theme Song while it was supposed to, it instead featured the seasons 3-4 version of the theme song. The same problem occurs with the previous episode, Whose Birthday is It?.
    • However, the VHS and DVD did featured this episode with the seasons 1-2 intro.
  • When the Lost City first appears from the curtain, the same palms trees appear from Dora Saves the Mermaids.


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Dora the Explorer Season 2
The Big Storm | The Magic Stick | The Missing Piece | Rojo the Fire Truck | Lost Squeaky | Doctor Dora | The Golden Explorers | El Día De Las Madres | Lost Map | Pinto, the Pony Express | The Big Piñata | The Happy Old Troll | Super Map! | Click! | ¡Rápido, Tico! | A Present For Santa | A Letter for Swiper | Dora, La Músico | Egg Hunt | Super Spies | To the Monkey Bars | Hide and Go Seek | School Pet | Quack! Quack! | Whose Birthday is It? | The Lost City | León, the Circus Lion
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