The closest that historians can associate to the origins of the Eldorado myth is an Indian ritual in the Andes where the King was covered in gold and immersed into Lake Guatavita, with his subjects throwing golden ornaments deep into the lake as sacrifice. The Spaniards returned home with tales of the golden King and a land of plentiful treasures.
Many Spanish explorers and voyagers went in search of Eldorado with dreams of adorning the Spanish royalty and bringing fame and fortune upon themselves. Some made discoveries, but never to the extent of a city made of gold. In time, Eldorado became an urban myth that sparked the imagination only for the next explorer.
Eldorado, Valhalla, the Elixir of Life, the Holy Grail, the soul-mate who will meet your every desire or whatever your paradise.
This is the search for the ultimate ideal… and for the impossible.
One day you will find your city of gold. And all your troubles will mysteriously disappear.
Or will it?