On one of our trips around Peru we were told this legend, it was said that after the Ayacucho battle the Spaniards ran away with all of their treasures, and once close to Huanta in the Rasuhuilca hill they couldn’t go on with so many treasures and before they fell onto the hands of their enemies they opted for throwing them on the lagoon nearby.

It is said that in those times the waters of the lagoon were crystal clear, but with all of the bounties that were thrown it lost its clarity and became known as Yanacocha (dark well).

Along with the bounties, a young man was thrown in the waters and he drowned. And so it is said that at night a golden bull emerges tied with a golden chain, the bull always tries to escape but it can’t because the chain is held by a beautiful mermaid of golden hair.

At midnight, in the middle of the struggle of the bull with the mermaid a voice can be heard saying: I’m a young man that comes to get the treasure but I am trapped turned into a bull, if you break the spell I can still be saved.

Many try to take out the treasure but as soon as they get into the lagoon they disappear forever on its dark waters.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Related Posts:

The Enchanted Mountain

On a small town in Cañete, Peru, called Boca del Rio, there’s a mountain bathed by the ocean and in it, it is said by the local townspeople, that there is an enchanted princess that lives chained and that on full moon nights, when fishermen take out their boats can [...]

The Tunchi

According to the popular beliefs from the jungle of Peru, the Tunchi is a lost spirit of someone who died in the jungle, who is damned to wander around the depths of the jungle and the darkness of the night. Is said that the Tunchi follows the same path they did [...]

Atun Irca Native

On the Cayacata mountain, which rises west of the Yupan town, a long time ago a native family lived, mother, father and two children. On this desolated site water was scarce, and so to find it dwellers had to walk around 2 kilometers, until reaching the neighboring [...]

The Ayapullito

The Ayapullito is the name of a jungle bird that comes from the Quechua words for death (Aya) and little bird (Pullito). In the jungle of Peru it is believed that the Ayapullito is a spy of the Yachay of the jungle towns. Who watch what happens on the faraway [...]

A Yachaq that waits in the Highlands

The origin, and therefore the original, awaits those that dare to travel, riding a donkey, to the five towns in Cusco, between Lamay and Pisac, above 3800 masl (12467 fasl) to meet the Andean elders that interpret the future in the geometric shapes of their [...]

Titicaca Lake Legend (Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo)

The story tells that the Sun God took pity on the barbaric state on which the town where living in, and sent his children, borned of the lake foam, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, in order for them to civilize and teach the mean. He gave them a stick and told them to [...]