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The Mysterious Cities of Gold 

Taiyô no ko Esteban (original title)
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A trio of kids must search throughout 16th Century South America for personal answers linked to the legendary El Dorado.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Janice Chaikelson ...
 Zia (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Adrian Knight ...
 Tao (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Michael Rudder ...
 Pedro (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Terrence Labrosse ...
 Sancho (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Vlasta Vrana ...
 Kokapetl / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
...
 Captain Gomez (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Maurice Podbrey ...
 Governor Pizarro (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Anick Faris ...
 Lana / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Shiraz Adam ...
 Esteban (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Howard Ryshpan ...
 Mendoza (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Kelly Ricard ...
 Narrator (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Walter Massey ...
 The Doctor (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Dean Hagopian ...
 Kalmec (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
...
 Menator / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
...
 Captain Gaspard / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tomoko Ai ...
 Lana (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Shigeru Chiba ...
 Priest (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Isabelle Ganz ...
 Zia (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tesshô Genda ...
 General Gomez (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Haruna Ikezawa ...
 Wyna (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Rokurô Naya ...
 Subcommander Gaspard (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Sachiko Saitô ...
 Gwynn (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Evelyne Séléna ...
 Narrator / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jean Topart ...
 Narrator / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Mahito Tsujimura ...
 Metnard (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Hideyuki Umezu ...
 Carmec (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Kiyoyuki Yanada ...
 Wanococha (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jean-Claude Ballard ...
 Mendoza (37 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jacques Ferrière ...
 Pedro (37 episodes, 1982-1983)
Francis Lax ...
 Sancho (37 episodes, 1982-1983)
Odile Schmitt ...
 Tao (36 episodes, 1982-1983)
Hubert Noël ...
 Pichu (34 episodes, 1982-1983)
Pierre Garin ...
 Gaspard (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
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The year is 1532. Esteban, a young boy, is told that he was saved by Mendoza, a navigator on a Spanish ship from a ship wreck in a storm at sea. The only clue to his identity is a medal that Esteban wears about his neck. Esteban joins Mendoza on a trip from Spain to the new world - the Americas - where on route he meets two other children - Zia - an Inca girl and Tao, the last member of a highly advanced race. All three are looking for different things - Esteban to find his father and his identity, Zia for her father and Tao for remains of his race. The clues for all three quests however all point to the seven Cities of Gold and so the children, Mendoza, Sancho and Pedro - two other sailors and friends of Mendoza start searching in a massive treasure hunt for the Cities Of Gold... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Esteban and the Seven Cities of Gold  »

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Trivia

Each episode was followed by a very short live-action educative documentary. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits, Esteban is seen controlling the golden condor using 2 control levers. However, during the episodes proper, he only uses one (the condor just has one, shaped like a cobra). See more »

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English Opening Titles Narrator: It is the Sixteenth Century. From all over Europe great ships sail west to conquer the New World - the Americas; the men eager to seek their fortune, to find new adventures in new lands. They long to cross uncharted seas and discover unknown countries; to find secret gold on a mountain trail high in the Andes. They dream of following the path of the setting sun, that leads to El Dorado and The Mysterious Cities of Gold.
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Referenced in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps: Vomit (2002) See more »

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Bouken Sha tashi
(Japanese Opening song)
Music by Katsuo Ôno (as Katsuo Ono)
Arrangements by Jun Satou
Lyrics by Yû Aku
Performed by Pal
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One of the greatest shows Nickelodeon has ever aired.
11 July 2004 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

This show is easily a childhood memory for me. I recall watching this on Nickelodeon back in the 80's. Everything about this show was simply breathtaking. From the characters, to the storylines etc. I thought the Golden Condor was a cool ship too. I even recall dreaming about riding in it with Esteban and company! From what I hear from many, this show was supposed to be rather intense, but it was edited for Nickelodeon. Still, it was a pretty deep show at that time for Nickelodeon. The folks who made this show also did other wonderful 80's toons like "Ulysse 31", and "Spartacus"(Another show I watched on Nick). I hope they put this on DVD here soon, because I would love to see it again since it's been nearly 15 years since I last watched it.

This show gets a perfect 10!


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