|The Spanish had been at war with the Incas of Peru for nearly forty years and the Incas had retreated to the Vilcabamba Valley in what is now Ecuador where they held off the invaders until 1572. |
When the Spanish conquered the Incas they found the city there was largely deserted. It appeared the Incas had fled to a new location taking their vast treasure of gold with them. The new city was never found nor was the gold.
|Due to the remote location of the area, as well as the rugged terrain, Paititi remains hard to find. |
Currently drug trafficking and illegal logging are overtaking this part of Peru, and many explorers that enter never return.
|2009 satellite photos of deforested areas of the Boco do Acre region of Brazil have revealed that there were once vast settlements there.|
Some say that the belief in the existence of Paititi is the result of the conquering of the indigenous of the Cusco region, who hope that somewhere their culture and traditions continue. They say it is a myth.
Others say it is a passed-down historical fact, that some Incas left their defeated empire to start again out of the reach of the Spaniards.