> Quote. "While we're on this subject, though, do you think El
> Dorado was a real place"
> Well yes I do think there was a lake into which much treasure
> was thrown and the story of El Derado is was born around it.
> Inca Garcilaso de la Vega was born in Peru in 1539 and at the
> age of 69 he published the first part of the 'Royal
> Commentaries', and he describes this lake as well as the
> Gardens of gold and silver.
> "I remember another, similar tale; it had to do with a small
> lake, about one-half league around, but very deep, and
> surrounded by high mountains, some six leagues south of Cuzco.
> It is well known that, on the arrival of the Spaniards, the
> Indians threw a great part of the treasures from the Cuzco
> temple into this lake, among other things, the famous gold
> chain that Huaina Capac had had made, and about which we shall
> apeak later. Some twelve or thirteen Spanish inhabitants of
> Cuzco having learned this fact, formed a company among
> themselves to dry up this lake, and thus retrieve these
> treasures. After having sounded it, they decided that it was
> about twenty-three to twenty-four fathoms deep, without
> counting the added depth of ooze. That seemed a great deal, so
> they decided to dig a tunnel east of it through which the water
> could find outlet. They started working in 1557 and, after
> having dug a gallery more than fifty steps long, encountered
> rock as hard as silex, from which they got nothing but sparks,
> whith the result that they became discouraged and abandoned
> thier project. I have seen the gallery they dug and have even
> been inside it several times.
> There are numerous other places, in the mountains, the lakes
> and the caves, where the Indians are supposed to have hidden
> treasures that can never be recovered" .
> And so Garcilaso was about 18 at the time. His memories are
That doesn't mean it was El Dorado, though.