Ever since I was a child, I have always wanted to climb tall pyramids and discover hidden ancient cities. I learned later on that there were pyramids all over the world and that ancient cities were everywhere, many so fantastic that they baffled scientists as to how they were made. I remember hearing of how there were head hunters in Peru and how scientists could not get close to the area without being killed. All the excitement moved through my head of all the possibilities to be found in Peru. The fact that the cities were buried deeply in the canopy of the rain forests meant no one was disturbing the sites and we could find out the true nature of the civilizations there. Were they the savage creature’s explorers and scientists made them out to be or were they more like ourselves, family oriented and an advanced society or societies, maybe as advanced or more advanced than ourselves, lost to the ravages of time. Or were they, did they move to another area of the world, were they destroyed by other civilizations? Or did they just die out? All these thoughts, among others, always pulling my mind to the Peruvian land in search of the past, in hopes of discovering the future.
Manchu Picchu was always amazing to me. A city 4 miles high in the mountains all made of stone, with a majestic view from all corners. Looking at the city from a distance it seems to be at the top of a step pyramid, with all the terraces coming up from all sides of the mountain. They were said to be for farming and that the city was self-sufficient because of these terraces, but I believe in my heart that they just wanted to be atop a pyramid, for the symbolic look of it, because it is also thought to be the place of worship and/or privilege. We know how religious and/or the privilege want to be at locations that show power and the presence of a higher power.
Machu Picchu was re-discovered in 1911by Hiram Bingham and was originally thought to be Vilcabamba, the last city the Spaniards conquered, Paititi, the City of Gold, or El Dorado, but it was neither of these and really is still not fully understood. If you look at a close up picture of the city it is amazing the technical prowess they have shown. The walls to the terraces are perfect and still show no wear as if they were formed by the mountains themselves. The roofs of the buildings are missing, probably made from organic matter, but the windows and structures shown within the walls are amazing and to think that they were built at least 1500 years ago boggles the mind. The ledges, walls and windows are whole with no rocks out of place; looks as if it could have been used recently and just stopped being used. This was probably a place of celebration as well, with large squares and areas sizable for public gathering or even a getaway location for a holiday. The mind just wonders and sees more and more as you imagine the possibilities.
Lake Titicaca is another amazing city location, underwater there are hundreds of miles of buildings and roads stretching in all directions. The lake is said to have been 10 times its present size of some 8400 square kilometers. It is said that upheavals and areas drying up has shrunk its size. The lake was initially salt water as well and over the course of time has become fresh water. The lake is about 12000 feet above sea level and is still fed by tributaries keeping its level constant. One amazing thing about the lake is the variety of the sea life it presents, which leads me to believe the ruins are very old, like the seahorses, which is only found in sea water, which have adapted to the environment and thrive in the lake.
Expedition Atahuallpa’2000 was an expedition group that did a three year study of the location and found a lot of pottery and relics that resemble relics found from other cities of an unexplained nature and predates the Incan Empire. My mind is asking if this city is old enough to be buried beneath an ocean like bay and obviously thrust 12000feet into the air and time has converted out all the salt water and converted the sea life, how old are these cities really. We always read dates of cities being 1500-3000 years old, even the Egyptian pyramids until lately were dated alike. Until recently it seems that dating systems were left to the person finding the sites and were left that way. Even with today’s dating technologies we are hard struck to fight these dating habits.
Yet another fascinating place within Peru is Puerta de Hayu Marka or Doorway of the Amaru Meru/ Aramu Muru Or even Gate of the Gods Found in Peru. It is this large doorway cut into this very large rock and leads to nowhere. Many Shaman priests have said that they performed ceremonies that opened portals into other worlds or that magical disks were used to step into other dimensions. Anthropologists say that there is a slot to one side of the doorway which could fit a disk, but no disks have been found. There are many legends as to the gateway to the gods, from the Inca, Azteca, and even the Spaniards, from great spiritual feats to just touching the wall and having visions of constellations of stars and tunnels going on in all directions. Looking at the wall and door way it does look like something from the Twilight Zone and the construction of a door way into solid rock is quite an accomplishment. Just being able to chisel into the rock is remarkable, but to do it perfectly and have a flat smooth back in mind boggling.
Peru also has a sea port some 15 miles further inland than even Lake Titicaca, it is called Tiahuanacu and is 12500 feet above sea level as well. Arthur Posnansky, a German engineer who dedicated fifty years to its study, dated its origins to 15,000 B.C. Most anthropologists agree that the city must have been built while the sea was only about 600 feet away, which is the dilemma how the structure could be so young when the scientist think the land was pushed up around 100 million years ago. All around the site is evidence of ocean life and the water itself. So it was built near the ocean. Why can’t the buildings be 100 million years old? Are we certain that everything we know is accurate? Or even 30000 years, the Sphinx is now believed to by at least that old. Why do we underestimate the time we have evolved?
Peru has many fascinating sites, to many to list in one report, but it leads to the question, who are we? Where are we from? There are the Nazca lines, shapes made out of small stones scattered throughout the desert, areas that look like airports, waiting for someone to land, among others. These artifacts are located worldwide as well; not leading to a history that a few thousand people with stone tools could create, so again I ask, who are we?