Ecuador and Gold

by | May 14, 2020 | Archives

There is gold and legends of vast treasure in Ecuador.

Legend also says that those who journey into certain treasure valleys either die with a stake in their heart or go mad.  I’m happy we did not know that legend when we decided to hike into the Llanganatis.


Merri and me with a group of medical doctors getting ready to hike into the LLanganatis.

We journeyed there, not for gold, but for the treasure of long lives as rumor has it that longevity comes from these valleys mists.

Learn about our LLanganatis journey here.

Then read Dr. Andres Cordova message that shares more about the LLanganatis, and Ecuador’s real new gold treasure in the note below.


andres cordova

Dr. Andres Cordova



Gold mask from prehispanic Ecuador

As the price of gold rallies to a 7-year high fueled by the Covid 19 crisis with many seeking a hedge against uncertain financial markets, I have been dwelling as to how, for the past several years, Ecuador has been touted from within and without as one of the worlds next greatest frontiers for gold and other precious metals and how throughout history there’s been a lust for gold, spawning from hordes of alchemists in Medieval Europe to epic searches for the mythic El Dorado, a city of gold said to lie hidden somewhere in the New World.

One of such searches departed from Quito in 1541, crossing the majestic Andes mountains into the lush yet treacherous jungle. It was a party comprised of 340 soldiers and 4000 natives led by Spanish Conquistadores Gonzalo Pizarro and Francisco de Orellana, both of whom had taken part in the toppling of the Inca Empire.

This search for El Dorado started very near from where Hotel Quito lies. Actually, Gary Scot hosted a wonderful conference in this hotel with spectacular views several years ago.

Exhausted and demoralized after many of the soldiers and natives had died from hunger and with El Dorado nowhere to be seen, Pizarro quit while Orellana kept on keeping on going, so much so that he made it into the Atlantic Ocean, having found the mighty Amazon River along the way, so named due to the tribe of female warriors that had continualy attacked the search party by its shores.

The legends of vast troves of Inca gold in Ecuador and the region have permeated the imagination of treasure hunters, historians and archeologists since the 16th century.

As the immense Inca Empire was giving way to the European conquistadores half a millennia ago, Atahualpa, the last Inca Emperor, born in the what the Inca’s called the “Kingdom of Quito” had been captured by the Spaniards who requested a room full of gold as ransom.

As Atahualpa was becoming too much of a liability for the hopelessly outnumbered captors, he was killed before the ransom could be delivered.

Legend has it that such a breathtaking ransom treasure was therefore never delivered and buried deep in the Llanganatis region, between the Andes and the Amazon. The LLanganatis was named a National Park in Ecuador in 1996.



Search for gold has been going on in Ecuador for ages. Until very recently, mining in Ecuador, especially for gold, has been done in rather precarious conditions, with low tech, disregard for the environment and mostly under the radar.

Since some years ago, the government has been undertaking ever more sweeping and aggressive crackdowns to curtail these shoddy practices and has endeavored to usher in a new era were national and foreign companies can invest in the search and extraction of gold and other minerals with substantial investments, high standards, thorough environmental guidelines and continued control and supervision.

While in neighboring countries like Chile and Peru large scale, high-tech mining has been around for decades, in Ecuador it’s just starting. We therefore have the broadest horizons in this field.

As with most any human activity, mining has an environmental trade off and there’s been backlash from many communities, especially indigenous ones whose livelihoods and hearts are so deeply connected to nature. These are delicate matters; it’s arguable if a country like Ecuador can afford to disregard its mining potential however responsibly it may be undertaken.

I believe it is far better to have high tech, well controlled and answerable companies mining in approved areas than a constellation of under the radar operations sprouting here and there, with little to no standards.

This past March the Central Bank of Ecuador managed a short-term loan of $300 million backed by 240,000 ounces of gold from Ecuador’s reserves, to bring some relief to an embattled Government in its efforts to stem the Covid 19 outbreak.

Recently, mining authorities in Ecuador announced the discovery of gold and silver deposits in specific areas that may come to be the first and second largest in the world. One of those mines, some 60 miles from Quito, would bring a $26 billion investment to Ecuador and entail the third largest gold production in the world for Ecuador.

It appears that gold and Ecuador will be intimately intertwined for the foreseeable future. I trust that with all environmental checks in place, formal and high-tech gold extraction in Ecuador can be a source of new wealth for the country that can help palliate lingering problems and challenges in the fields of nutrition, health, education, well being and lack of opportunities for those less fortunate in Ecuador.

Stay safe,

Andrés Córdova

Spanish Words You Can Use

Legend – Leyenda
Gold – Oro
Exploration – Exploración
Richess – Riqueza
Loan – Préstamo

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Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

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Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

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“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!” Nadine Taylor

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Take just ten minutes to let me prove to you that this super fast way to gain the basics can let you can communicate in Spanish in an incredibly short time.



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The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund. 

The course is available at the highly reduced price of $149, but in this special offer we are knocking another $70 from the price so you can start now for only $79.  

Learn Spanish online $79 - using coupon code SPANISH70 at checkout to immediately save $70 off the regular price of $149.