In 1887, two British sailors landed on the coast of Ecuador and set off across the Andes on a secret mission. Their quest was to locate an immense hoard of Inca treasure. As a ransom for his King, it was left by an Incan general for the Spanish Conquistador Pizzaro. Under mysterious circumstances the gold disappeared; leaving only a legend, and a map, behind. When Mark Honigsbaum discovered an ancient Spanish treasure guide buried in his research notebooks, he could not help but be drawn into the legend of Valverde, a conquistador with a treasure trail that has proven fatal for the past 400 years. Undeterred by the cursed history of the gold, Honigsbaum embarked on an epic journey into the last uncharted range in the Andes—the Llanganati Mountains of eastern Ecuador. This is the story of how the lure of gold intoxicates even the most level-headed of historians, and of how men—and women—are seized with the desire to claim treasure from one of the most inhospitable landscapes in the world. Honigsbaum battles through mountains, jungles, and conflicting stories, and, as he draws closer to the hidden cache, illuminates the allure of lost gold and the hold it has on our imagination. On his quest he meets a bizarre array of treasure hunters, profiteers and traffickers, all with an unquenchable thirst for the hoard that has eluded man for centuries. Published at $18.00. Our price only $12.95. Imported from Britain.
VALVERDE’S GOLD: In Search of the Last Great Inca Treasure By Mark Honigsbaum. 368 pages. 5x9 Paperback. Illustrated. Bibliography. Index.
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