El Dorado has been shrouded in mystery for centuries – is it a lost city, or is it the name of a tribal chief who covered himself in gold and dived into the Guatavita Lake as an initiation rite?
These questions and more are to be answered in a new exhibition coming to the British Museum this autumn.
In association with the Museo del Oro in Bogota, 'Beyond El Dorado – Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia' will run until March 23rd 2014, exploring the fascinating story that is El Dorado and looking at some of the myths that have arisen over the centuries.
For those looking to book luxury accommodation in London to enjoy a weekend in the capital, this exhibition could be a thrilling and educational part of any itinerary.
While in today's society gold is viewed as a highly valuable commodity in monetary terms, in pre-Hispanic Colombia it had a much more symbolic importance and visitors to the showcase will see this in the various artefacts on display.
For those staying in luxury London hotels, the exhibition is a must.
More than 200 beautiful objects from the Museo del Oro have been loaned for the showcase and they will go on display alongside 100 of the British Museum's own pieces.
Among the highlights visitors can look forward to are an anthropomorphic pectoral as well as various fabrics, textiles and carvings.
Many of these items display exquisitely detailed and sophisticated goldworking techniques.
The artefacts will take visitors on a journey through a complex network of societies in ancient Colombia, including the Muisca, Quimbaya, Calima and Tairona peoples, with a focus on their spiritual lives and the rituals that were employed at the time.
For those staying in luxury London accommodation, getting to the British Museum is simple, with the Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square and Goodge Street Tube stops all close by.
There are also several buses from all four corners of the capital, so getting to and from the venue should pose no problems.