Group of explorers searching the lost Inca gold of the Llanganatis and Paititi

  Who are we? We are a group of explorers, adventurers, scientists and archaeology enthusiasts who are investigating legends and historical facts about the Incas and the Spanish Conquest, such as the Treasure of the Llanganatis and the lost city of … Continue reading

Llanganatis – Ecuador

Explore the Llanganatis Ecuador where we search the Lost Inca Gold

We are planning to lead several expeditions to the region of the Llanganatis, in Ecuador. We’ll investigate the story of the Valerde’s Derrotero, search for the mummy of the emperor Atahualpa and the lost gold of the Incas. 16th Century, … Continue reading


Help us funding our expeditions to the Llanganatis and in the Andes

Help us funding our field-research and expeditions. LostIncaGold is a non-profit organization and all our projects are financed by our team members, friends & family, and sponsors. There is no small donation. If you enjoy our blog and resources, and … Continue reading

Book ‘The Search of Atahualpa’

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In 1952, the Inca Empire fell into the hands of Pizarro when he captures Atahualpa in Cajamarca, Peru. The young emperor would try to save his life by promising a large room filled with gold. Once half of the ransom delivered, Pizarro broke his bargain and the young Inca ruler was executed but a small group of loyal Incas was able to recover his body. The General Ruminahui, who was in charge of delivering the second part of the ransom, received the news, and then decided to hide both the mummy of the murdered king and the Inca gold into one of the least hospitable region of Ecuador: The LLanaganates.

In search of adventure, 33-year-old Benoit Duverneuil, web entrepreneur and armchair adventurer embarked in a journey that begans in the thin air of the Peruvian Andes and continued around the world for the 3 next years, until a final expedition in the cursed and hostile cloud forests of Ecuador.

Part history lesson, part technological thriller and part adrenaline rush, The Search of Athualpa is an intense adventure where passionate archaeologists, greedy treasure hunters, and lost explorers pave the way of one of the greatest riddle in History.

As globalization digest our world, this book pushes you over the edge, plunge you in the last remaining unexplored regions, and let you embrace the life of a modern Indiana Jones.


  • Join us and volunteer with Lost Inca Gold


    Join our team of volunteers and participate to our research and expeditions. Our projects require countless hours of effort for every discovery. By dedicating few hours of your free time helping with a research, coding or exploration project, you can … Continue reading

  • In 2011, we return to Peru to investigate new clues about Paititi

    Peru Trip 2011

    This year our journey will take us to Peru and Bolivia. You can visualize our trip here, or by clicking on ‘Journey Tracker’ in the menu above. During this trip, we will be visiting museums and archives to consult historical … Continue reading

  • Navigate our Interactive Timelines about the Spanish Conquest


    Navigate across the History of the Inca Civilization, the Spanish Conquest, and the legends of Paititi and the Treasure of the Llanganatis, with our interactive timelines. This is an on-going project and team members can participate in the elaboration of … Continue reading