The Enchanted City

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Hundreds of years ago there was a beautiful city with straight streets and fancy buildings, it was the ancient Saposoa.

This city was located in the headwaters of the Saposoa River, but years later in colonial times, the Spaniard captain Lope de Aguirre, adventurous and hungry for wealth, reached this city. The inhabitants, upon seeing him with a beard, blue eyes and regal clothing, were spooked and hid in the church, which was fully decorated in gold and silver.

Captain Lope de Aguirre, who had a right arm shorter than his left and a considerable stature, took advantage of the fear of the inhabitants and headed to the temple where they were hiding, fearing his presence all villagers run in fear towards the forest.

Lope de Aguirre went into the church; picked up all the idols and left. Close to the temple’s entrance there was a small puddle, where Lope, burdened with the weight he was carrying dropped one of the idols, which drop to the bottom of the puddle. Few hours later the small puddle started to get bigger and bigger with a foam swirl in the surface. The puddle turned now into a lagoon swallowed the ancient city of Saposoa, which was forever enchanted, with no one being able to reach it after that.

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