If you’re the adventurous type, you might want to go on a treasure hunt like Indiana Jones, but maybe you don’t know where to go looking! Well, you’re in luck, because we’ve managed to dig up the seven best places to start looking based on historical facts! Are you ready?!
1. Mexico City, Mexico – The Treasure Of La Noche Triste
Back in 1519, Spanish leader Hernán Cortés and his army of conquistadors had occupied the Mexican capital Tenochtitlan (today Mexico City) and taken the king of the Aztecs Moctezuma II hostage.
With the city under control, Cortés had to go fight some other battle so he left his favorite lieutenant, Pedro de Alvarado, in charge of the place. This would turn out to have been a bad idea, because Alvarado began slaughtering Aztec noblemen and priests, when he heard a rumor that they might try to kill him. To be fair, that rumor was most likely true.

When Cortés returned to Tenochtitlan, which was an island city in the middle of a lake back then, all hell had broken loose. The Spanish were getting beat on by the Aztecs without mercy, so Cortés made their king Moctezuma tell them to stop and let the Spaniards leave in peace. Unfortunately, the Aztecs had already chosen a new king and proceeded to throw big-ass rocks at Moctezuma until he died. (Or maybe the Spanish killed him. This part isn’t really clear.)
Anyhow, La Noche Triste was the night Cortés and his Spanish army tried to escape Tenochtitlan as a result on June 30th, 1520. Because Tenochtitlan was an island city and the Aztecs had destroyed most of the bridges leading to and from it, the Spanish conquistadors had to use portable bridges. Those things sucked and Cortés told his men to take as much treasure as possible, because he was pretty greedy. Needless to say, a ton of them fell in the water as a result and drowned, while their valuables sank to the bottom of the lake.
So that’s the Treasure of La Noche Triste and you can go try to find it in Mexico City! Don’t worry, the lake is long gone, so you probably just have to dig forever.
2. Cocos Island – The Treasure of Lima
Spain controlled Lima, Peru since the 16th century and the Catholic Church piled up a massive treasure there until 1820, when Lima was pressured so much by independence wars that they had to evacuate the city.
English Captain William Thompson was hired to take the massive treasure (estimated to be worth about $270 million today) from Lima, Peru to Mexico City.
Unfortunately for the Spanish, Thompson was like, “I do what I want!” Him and his men went into priate mode, slit the throats of all the guards and priests, and proceeded to take off with the enormous treasure.

It is believed that Thompson and his crew headed for Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica, where they buried the treasure. They wanted to lay low and come back to grab it later on, but unfortunately for them (and fortunately for you), they got caught. Their ship, the Mary Dear, was captured and they were put on trial for piracy.

Thompson and his first mate agreed to take the Spanish to the treasure, while the rest of the crew members were hanged. Clever Captain Thompson and his first mate took the Spanish to Cocos Island, where they managed to escape into the jungle. Never to be seen again!
3. Haymarket, Virginia – The Treasure of Commander John S. Mosby
After defeating some Northern troops during the Civil War in 1863, the Confederate Army battalion commander John S. Mosby and his men (called Mosby’s Rangers) raided hardcore and found some priceless family heirlooms that they ended up hiding in the countryside around Haymarket, Virginia.

Nicknamed “Gray Ghost”, Mosby and his rangers were infamous for attacking quickly and seemingly out of nowhere, raiding with unmatched speed and disappearing by blending in with local people like farmers.
The immense treasure they amassed and hid in the countryside during 1863 still has not been recovered to this day.
4. The Florida Keys – La Nuestra Señora de Atocha
“Our Lady of Atocha” in English, La Nuestra Señora de Atocha was a Spanish ship filled with copper, silver, gold, tobacco, gems, jewels, jewelry, and indigo headed for Spain in 1622. It sank off the coast of the Florida Keys after departing from Havana, Cuba. A good amount of the treasure has already been found, but it is believed that much more is still somewhere on the ocean floor. Bonus: The Florida Keys are a beautiful place to visit!

5. Lake Guatavita, Colombia – The Gold Dust God Treasure
Back in the day, the natives here used to have a gold ritual for the water god of Lake Guatavita. They wanted to please him, so a priest would cover himself in gold dust and then proceed to throw pieces of gold into the lake. As a result, there is still some gold to find at the bottom of Lake Guatavita! You aren’t allowed to drain the lake to find the treasure though, because the Colombian government will hunt you down if you do. It’s highly illegal!

6. Lake Toplitz, Austria – Nazi Treasure
We really can’t have this list without a Nazi treasure to hunt for. The Nazis took everything from their victims, including valuables, so when World War II was coming to an end they wanted to hide a bunch of it. It is believed that they threw a ton of their stolen treasures into Lake Toplitz. Good luck getting a permit from the Austrian government to search for it though!

7. Washington, Georgia – Secret Confederate Gold Treasure
With surrender all but certain for the Confederate Army in 1865, as the American Civil War came to an end, they still had some money left over in the treasury. Rumor has it, that it’s buried somewhere near Washington, Georgia… but that may just be a guess!

Are you ready to go treasure hunting now? I am!