The Best Episodes of The Mysterious Cities of Gold

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2018

In the year 1532, Mendoza, a Spanish Navigator, Estaban, a young orphan, Zia, a young Incan girl, and a band of Spanish sailors set sail from Barcelona in search of El Dorado, the Mysterious City of Gold. Each is on a personal quest of discovery, heritage, and wealth. This is their story... The Mysterious Cities of Gold is a 39-episode animated series that was produced in 1982. It was a French/Japanese co-production that was loosely based on the Scott O'Dell book: The King's Fifth. Since 1982, The Mysterious Cities of Gold has aired on television stations around the world, and has gone by many different names. In Japan it is known as "Taiyō no Ko Esuteban", In the United States it is known either as "The Mysterious Cities of Gold" or "Estaban and the Seven Cities of Gold", and in France it is known as "Les Mystérieuses Cités d'or".

The Great Condor

#1 - The Great Condor

Season 1 - Episode 17

The setting sunlight leads Esteban and his friends to the statue of the earth goddess, Pachamama. The legend goes that when Pachamama takes the sun in her arms, the Gates to the Cities of Gold will open. Estaban and Zia place their medallions in the statue and the mountain opens up to reveal the first City of Gold. Inside they discover a great bird, made of solid gold.

star 8.57
21 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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End of the City of Gold

#2 - End of the City of Gold

Season 1 - Episode 39

The Olmecs place the Sun Power Unit at the bottom of their sunlight collecting crystal and activate it. However, the unit does not behave as expected and the Sun Power Unit begins to overheat. The High Priest of the Cities of Gold, who turns out to be Esteban's father, tries to shut it down using Tao's jar which is actually a control unit. But he could be too late.

star 8.53
23 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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#3 -

Season 3 - Episode 3

star 8.33
3 votes
Maiden Flight of the Condor

#4 - Maiden Flight of the Condor

Season 1 - Episode 18

Inside the first City of Gold, Esteban finds a great Golden Condor. When the volcano on which the Cities are built begins to erupt, the Cities are destroyed. Sheltering inside the body of the Condor, they try to make its mechanism work, using the Medallion of the Sun. Suddenly, the giant bird spreads its wings and takes flight.

star 8.32
25 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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The Nasca Plateau

#5 - The Nasca Plateau

Season 1 - Episode 19

The great Golden Condor, carrying Esteban and his friends away from Pachamama and the erupting volcano, lands in the desert at Nazca. But when Pizarro and his soldiers arrive, Esteban makes sure everyone escapes.

star 8.27
26 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
The Jade Mask

#6 - The Jade Mask

Season 1 - Episode 23

In the jungle, Esteban and his friends discover some ruins, deserted temples and pyramids. In one of the temples, Pedro and Sancho try to remove a jade mask from the wall when the mask begins to glow. Suddenly the stone beams shoot out of the walls, ceiling and floor and trip them up.

star 8.26
24 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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The Ship Solaris

#7 - The Ship Solaris

Season 1 - Episode 6

On a small island among the Galapagos, Esteban and Zia find a young boy living all alone: Tao. His ancestors left a magnificent ship, the Solaris, which contains their ancient secret knowledge, hidden in a temple on the island. Esteban and Zia want to use the ship to reach the mainland.

star 8.23
27 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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The Reunion

#8 - The Reunion

Season 1 - Episode 33

In the Indian Village of the New Sun, Zia at last finds her father, Papacamayo. But her happiness is short-lived, when he dies from his wounds, after defending the village against an attack by the Olmecs. All the Mayan tribes unite to fight against the Olmecs.

star 8.22
23 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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#9 -

Season 3 - Episode 1

star 8.17
6 votes
Secret of the Temple

#10 - Secret of the Temple

Season 1 - Episode 10

Esteban and his friends are on their way to Zia's village, when they are surrounded by Spanish soldiers. The children manage to escape, and take refuge in an underground temple, where they meet the old priest, Pasha. To help them escape, the priest melts the pillar of ice that supports the temple roof, and it crashes down on top of him. The others just manage to get away.

star 8.12
24 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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Secret of the Solaris

#11 - Secret of the Solaris

Season 1 - Episode 7

Gomez' Spanish galleon overtakes and attacks the Solaris, the sun-powered ship on which the children are travelling. They manage to outrun the Spanish ship when Tao discovers a wonderful secret solar power boost, just in time. At last, they reach the new continent.

star 8.11
27 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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Attack of the Olmecs

#12 - Attack of the Olmecs

Season 1 - Episode 32

With the help of Gomez and Gaspard, Esteban and his friends succeed in getting the Golden Condor to fly. But the Olmecs find the Indian Village of the New Sun, and mount a fierce attack. With the help of the Golden Condor, they are defeated. But Zia's father, Papacamayo, has been seriously wounded.

star 8.10
21 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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The City of Gold

#13 - The City of Gold

Season 1 - Episode 37

With Tao as a hostage, the Olmecs force Esteban and Zia to use their medallions to open the doors to the City of Gold.

star 8.10
20 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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The Mirror of the Moon

#14 - The Mirror of the Moon

Season 1 - Episode 22

Esteban and his friends on board the Golden Condor have to make a forced landing in the jungle, where they're captured by Amazon warriors who want to sacrifice them to their Rain God. After some difficulties, they manage to escape from this dangerous situation. And in the end, the Queen of the Amazons allows them to leave for the land of the Mayas.

star 8.10
24 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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The Urubus

#15 - The Urubus

Season 1 - Episode 16

Searching for the Cities of Gold, Esteban and his friends cross a high plateau up in the Andes. Near Lake Titicaca, they are attacked by the Urubus, a tribe of giants. Tao invents a submarine, and they capture Karuga, chief of the tribe, and hold him prisoner. Karuga tells them that there's a City of Gold on a mountain, guarded by the earth goddess, Pachamama.

star 8.07
25 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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Aerial Pursuit

#16 - Aerial Pursuit

Season 1 - Episode 36

Esteban flies the Golden Condor against the terrible Olmec war machine, to try to rescue Zia. Tao and Esteban manage to leap onto the machine in mid-air, and Zia is saved. But Tao is left behind, a prisoner.

star 8.06
20 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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The Forest of Statues

#17 - The Forest of Statues

Season 1 - Episode 28

After much travelling and many adventures, Esteban and his friends finally discover the third temple built deep inside an enormous cave. A golden statue is holding a third manuscript which mentions a mountain known as "The Burning Shield".

star 8.05
22 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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Crossing the Atlantic

#18 - Crossing the Atlantic

Season 1 - Episode 2

The two children, Esteban and Zia, find out that they both wear the same strange medallion. The Esperanza crosses the Atlantic and nears the entrance of the Straits of Magellan, where wild seas and strong winds create terrible storms. Mendoza, the navigator, prepares to spend four days and nights at the wheel.

star 8.04
46 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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The Burning Shield

#19 - The Burning Shield

Season 1 - Episode 29

Having found the Burning Shield, Esteban and his friends fall into the hands of the mysterious Olmecs, who possess very advanced technology. They escape from them, but are captured again. So what will happen to them now?

star 8.01
18 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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Revolt of the Mayas

#20 - Revolt of the Mayas

Season 1 - Episode 34

The Mayan people arm themselves and attack the Olmecs, who have been tyrannising them for years. A fierce battle takes place near the entrance to the Olmec base. From the Golden Condor, Esteban and the other children bombard the Olmecs with stones, turning the tide of the battle in favour of the Mayas.

star 8.01
21 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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#21 -

Season 3 - Episode 23

star 8.00
4 votes

#22 -

Season 3 - Episode 26

star 8.00
4 votes

#23 -

Season 3 - Episode 25

star 8.00
4 votes
The End of the Solaris

#24 - The End of the Solaris

Season 1 - Episode 9

Esteban and his companions escape from Pizarro, but their fabulous ship, the Solaris, is taken by Gaspard and Gomez. They offer to exchange the ship for Zia, and her secret. Trying to save Zia, and the friendly Inca people in the village, Tao blows up Gomez's ship, but sadly the Solaris is also destroyed.

star 7.99
29 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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The Manuscript

#25 - The Manuscript

Season 1 - Episode 24

After solving the secret of the green jade mask, Esteban and his friends find a manuscript which seems to hold the key to the whereabouts of the Cities of Gold. But almost immediately, they are captured by Doctor Fernando Laguerra and his friend, Marinche, who are also searching for the Cities of Gold. However, Kokapetl manages to rescue them all.

star 7.99
25 votes
Writers: Jean Chalopin
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