high in the Andes mountains in what is now Colombia.
The legend of the El Dorado was born through rumours spreading far beyond the new world
that there was a vast city of gold somewhere in the mountains.
But it has been later proved that El Dorado wasn't a place but a person.
El Dorado translated into english literally means " The golden one "
Only eight inches long, four inches wide and four inches high.
The chieftain of the tribe, El Dorado, The Golden One , stands in the middle of the raft adorned with headdress,
earings and a nose ring.
The tribe members on the edge of the raft seem to be the rowers.
Accounts of the ceremony vary, but they consistently say that the new chieftain was covered with gold dust.
He would sail to the centre of the lake on a wooden raft laden with with precious treasures.
He would wash the gold from his body in the lake and gold and precious jewels were thrown into the lake to pacify
the water gods.
To the Muiscas, all lakes were sacred, all water spirits were to be appeased.
Situated now in a state park, less than an hour's drive into the hills north-east of Bogotá, was one where the Muisca made offerings to the Gods.