The Lost Cities of Gold with Keith Barron
Ever since I watched the first Indiana Jones movies as a kid, I always wanted to be a real life version of Indy. The hat, the whip, the character that was so wonderfully embodied by Harrison Ford. Everything about that I just loved. That fascination of being a treasure hunter has always stayed with me. I don’t think that is something unique to me though. I would like to think we all have within ourselves a desire to be a treasure hunter. To chase and find a bit of history like Indy did on the screen.
In 1998, Keith Barron went to Ecuador to participate in a Spanish language school for a month. On this trip, he met a local historian, Professor Octavio Latorre. That chance meeting started a decades long search for 2 gold mines run by the Conquistadors in the 1500s deep in the Ecuadorian jungle.
Keith is often referred to as the Indiana Jones of Mining. He does not have the hat or the whip, but his search for the Lost Cities of Gold could easily be lifted from a plot line from one of the movies. On face value that’s what it seems like – a crazy treasure hunt in the jungles of South America. But there is much more to this story than just a movie plot line.