In the early 1990s, mountaineering guide Jose Luis Delgado Mamani was exploring the Peruvian countryside when he came across an area where the rock had been smoothed to a flat surface and adorned with a small alcove. Known as Aramu Muru and located on lake Titicaca near the border with Bolivia, the flat stone is roughly 23-feet square, with a T-shaped alcove some 6 feet, 6 inches tall carved into it.
Momia Juanita (Spanish for “Mummy Juanita”), also known as the Inca Ice Maiden and Lady of Ampato, was discovered in southern Peru in 1995. She was sacrificed as an offering to the Inca gods sometime between the year 1450 and 1480, at approximately 11–15 years old. She’s the best-preserved mummy ever found, with internal organs intact, blood still present in the heart and lungs, and skin and facial features mostly unscathed.
Stretching across the Nazca plains like a giant map or blueprint left perhaps by an unknown civilization, lie the enigmatic Nazca Lines of Peru. The anthropomorphic figures are relatively few and are situated on the slopes. The most well-known is “The Astronaut” at 105 ft (32m) length discovered by Eduardo Herran in 1982.
In the Peruvian Desert, about 200 miles south of Lima, lies a plain between the Inca and Nazca Valleys. Across this plain, in an area measuring 37 miles long and 1-mile wide, is an assortment of perfectly-straight lines, many running parallel, others intersecting, forming a grand geometric form. In and around the lines there are also trapezoidal zones, strange symbols, and pictures of birds and beasts all etched on a giant scale that can only be appreciated from the […]
The site was probably chosen for its unique location and geological features. It is said that the silhouette of the mountain range behind Machu Picchu represents the face of the Inca looking upward towards the sky, with the largest peak, Waynapicchu, representing his nose. This photograph (left) was allegedly taken from a unique angle and position that is not typically reached by visitors. On the right, a better view of the face from the same photograph rotated 90 degrees.