Lagunas de Siecha

Hiked to the Siecha lakes. Three sacred Muisca lakes located east of Bogotá, at an altitude of 3.673 meters. The article, The Draining of Lake Guatavita (pdf), by John Hemming tells: ‘Once the Spanish learned that the Muisca made offerings in their sacred lakes, a great conviction grew that great wealth awaited anyone who could plump those mysterious waters… The first company formed to drain Lake Siecha failed, but the second attempt, in 1856, dug a channel three metres deep and 50 metres long, and managed to lower the lake by a full three metres…’