Here is the original photo of the "underworld" temple with steps leading up to the gateway through what is the statue of Viracocha which means "The Sun God from Above."
The 10 ton single black of andesite (granite) stone with 100 "birdman" carvings and Viracocha in the middle. Dated at 14,000 B.C. This was the gateway to the Puma Punku temple with the insised "H" blocks current research indicates the calendar on the front goes back 27,000 years.
View of the Complex
View from the top of the Akapana pyramid of the complex. Lake Titicaca was at one time next to this. Now it is on the other side of the hills in the background.
View of the "faces." Every race of people on earth and large creatures that went extinct at the end of the last ice age (8,000-10,000 B.C.) are represented in the wall. Also one of the "Faces" is of what we call the "Grey" aliens… how is this possible if the site is only 2,000 years old as mainstream thinking states.
Wall Close Up
Another view of wall. No mortar. Fitted stones.
Close up of "Underworld"
"Viracocha" Close Up
Tiwanaku/Puma Punku are located a short distance from La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. At 13,500 feet above sea level.
Downtown La Paz
Inside a Church in La Paz
Yep! That's gold. The Spanish melted down everything they could find and some ended up in their churches.
Woman in La Paz
Guess what's in the bundle? It's coca leaf, which is sold in the town center for the people to chew as they have for 6,000 years or more.
Sailing on Lake Titicaca. Everywhere are these terraces for agriculture. At one time it supported an enormous population.
Boats on the Lake
The Bolivian "Navy"-- that's just about it folks.
There are thousands if not millions of them up the hill and mountain sides.
Burial Towers at Sillsustani Puru
This is outside Puno and the Uros Islands.
Del on Site
Yep! That's the art coach.
Hiking Along the Path
Going up, going down, going up, again and again. If you ever go there you must embrace it!
Fitted stone, cut with hard rocks? Not!
Another view of towers.
Everywhere Del and Barbara looked in Peru it seemed surreal.
This boat was at the Uros Islands. Seen this type of boat before? Yep: Egypt and Polynasia… but how? The same idea across the world.
They are homes built on floating reeds on Lake Titicaca, Peru.
The capital of the Inca Empire that stretched from current day Panama to Chile all connected by the foot or llama roads.
Detail of Cuzco
Much of Cuzco was built on top of the Inca's original structures by the Spanish and here is a good example.
Temple of Sacsahuaman
Above Cuzco is the enormous temple structure of Sacsahuaman in shape of a Puma with Jaws open and legs extending North, South, East, & West to the end of the empire. See the large stone in the center of the photo?
That's 110 tons of cut stone (one piece) hauled over mountains and through valleys from 30-40 miles away. No mortar. A piece of paper cannot fit between them.
A Closer Close Up
Close up of the stonework. Remember: no mortar.
The "jaws" of the Puma
Doorway at Sacsahuaman
Wall on the Inca Trail
On the Inca trail up the Urubamba River to Machu Picchu is the outpost/fortifications of Ollantayatambo. Here is the large, almost 10 ton each, pink granite "wall" at the top.
Close-up of the the stonework at Ollantayatambo
Niches in the Wall
These "niches" once contained the mummified bodies of past rulers and or royals.
Larger view of the site which was never finished due to the Spanish conquest. The "bumps" on the stones were used in their transport then cut off.
Approaching the pinnacle of the journey. The Urobamba River valley leading to Machu Picchu.
On the Train
The narrow gauge railroad on which you must ride to access the site. When you have extra material just lay down some track!
The depot at the base of the site
The Road to the Top
Then the bus ride to the top…back and forth, etc., etc. As we went up , the local kids RAN straight up the mountain asking for "gifts" at each level...they were excellent runners and beat us to the top!
Sunrise at Machu Picchu
Doors and Steps, Doors and Steps
Views of Reconstructed Buildings
Inside the Reconstruction
The sun makes the site glow.
The Official Greeter
We were warned to give these guys a wide berth., but not Barbara--she walked up, took picture and petted it, then it followed her until she patted it some more.
As the sun burns off the clouds, Machu Picchu emerges.
Seemingly Endless Steps
Then it is up the steps, steps, and more steps.
There in the distance is the object the entire site is built around. It is called "The Hitching Post of the Sun," a carved, faceted pillar aligned in the solstices, equinoxes, and possibly the transit of Venus. The Inca thought the sun was "tied" or "hitched" to it.
What a day!
Reflection and Meditation with Rest
At this moment in life Del had achieved a dream "seeded" by his grandfather 53 years earlier! He will remember this forever. Believe in your dreams--they are within your reach if you work for them & believe in yourself!
Del's Mummy Pose
A Speechless Del
That is not something to be encountered very often!
Leaving the Site
An Example of How Some of the Stones Were Cut
Machu & Haynu Picchu
Haynu Picchu in the background behind Machu Picchu--which means "old peak," and Haynu Piccho means "young peak."
View looking down from Haynu Piccho
Lots of steps!
More views of the site—everything was in close to pristine condition!
Del and Barbara had the site to themselves for a while.
The dirt for the garden terraces was brought up from the river bed below, one basket at a time. People climbed this peak all day long bringing up one basket after another of dirt from below--yes, that is a large river down there!
The Hand in 1995
Mayan the cat ran everything while Del and Barbara were away!