American Pictures/ Tony Morrison
legend of El Dorado - the gilded man - has been related to Lake Guatavita
in the Colombian highlands since the Spaniards arrived in the 16th century. The
story goes that when a new ruler was appointed among the Chibcha (Muisca) people,
he was taken to the centre of the lake, covered in golddust, on a raft laden with
precious objects. All the treasure was left behind in the lake, though despite
several explorations, little has ever been found.