A fabled treasure of Incan gold is hidden deep in the mountains of Ecuador.
In 1533 the last Incan Emperor Atahualpa was captured by the Spanish. Noting their love for precious metals and jewels, he promised them a ransom to secure his release: to fill a room (88 cubic meters is size) once with gold and twice with silver. He had made a deal with the devil. Many golden vessels, jars and plates were removed from the Sun Temple walls in Cuzco and transported to where he was being held prisoner. It took the Spanish weeks to melt down the gold. When his general Ruminahui was travelling from Quito with carts laden with more gold for the "Ransom Room", news came that the Spanish had broken their word and executed his Emperor. Accounts state that Ruminahui hauled the golden treasure deep into the Llanganatis mountain range of Ecuador and had it thrown off a cliff into a deep lake or crater or hidden in a cave. Today the location of the "Treasure of the Llanganatis" is still a mystery that many have attempted to locate.
The Treasures of Ecuador in Colonial Times were Fabrics
Ecuador was already famous in Incan times for the producing fabrics. The Ecuador indigenous had a long history of trading cloth throughout South America. Ecuador became a center of textile production for the Spanish. While many in Peru and Bolivia labored in mines, the natives of Ecuador were chained to the looms.
Today the Indigenous of Ecuador own the looms.