Atlantis in the Altiplano

I’ve never heard this theory before and have  looked for it so all this craziness is mine. I think the story of Atlantis has been way over blown but like with many stories there’s usually some truth to it.  I’ve had an interest in South America for a long time and wasn’t really looking for Atlantis but after a while it dawned on me that maybe IF Atlantis really existed this is where it could be because it seems to fit everything I know about the location of Atlantis.

I’m no expert by any stretch of the imagination.

Since this is my first post I’ll start by saying I think the megalithic structures found in the Andes and Altiplano areas are way older than the experts claim.  I know what they say but I don’t think the people within the time of our known history, (few thousand years past) had the resources and ability to do the megalithic construction that we see left behind.  That’s not to say they couldn’t have managed to move and set a few huge stones but the amount of work done in all the locations within the time period given would of been quite a feat.

It’s also plain to see that the biggest and best work is always on the bottom and in some places the work even seems to have been stopped.  I think people came along later, found it and built on top of and around what was already there. Many examples of this can be found in Peru.

Puma Punku and Tiwanaku seem to be different in their construction.  These two outlying locations may be all that’s left of Atlantis and that the actual city of Atlantis may have been located where Lake Titicaca is now and it literally fell into the sea almost 12000 years ago. Just as Plato described.

Some points about the Altiplano

The Altiplano is an ancient sea bed that was pushed up millions of years ago trapping and collecting a lot of salt as it did. This salt can be found all over the area. A couple of good examples that show this salt to be under ground is Lake San Juan de Salinas about 20 miles northwest of lake Titicaca and the  Maras salt flats just north of Cusco.

Today the Altiplano is a large highland plain with the exception of a few hills. Towards the northern upper center you’ll find a little higher elevation than the south end.  There you’ll find a few hills then north of that is Lake Titicaca and north of that you’ll find the upper end of the basin which is a large plain. This is also the area where you’ll find Lake San Juan de Salinas .  All things being equal Lake Titicaca shouldn’t even be there much less 932 feet deep.  It’s simply out of place when looking at the rest of the Altiplano.

If you look around the area of Lake Titicaca you can see where continental drift  has folded the ancient sea bed to an almost vertical position. A good example of that can be seen around  Aramu-muru, the so called stargate, and other areas near the lake.

Here’s my theory

Before the time of the Atlantians, the Lake Titicaca area was a vast fertile plain similar to what you can find just north of the lake today. The plain was sitting on top of this folded ancient sea bed which held a lot of salt in it. Everything was stable as long as the fresh water from the mountains flowed on across the area and on south into the inland sea. After the Atlantians came to the area they upset this balance by building their city in the middle of the plain along with all the irrigation channels needed for mass farming.

After maybe a few hundred years or more with all this fresh water sitting on the plain, it seeped down and  the salt dissolved out from under them to where their fertile plain and city were basically setting on slabs of vertical sandstone surrounded by water.

Still everything was fine. Their city was surrounded by concentric rings of fresh water that connected directly to the sea to the south. They had plenty of fresh water for their city and farms which is a must for any civilization.  With the rainfall being greater back then  and a lot less evaporation taking place from not having a huge lake on the north end, the south end of the Altiplano was a vast inland sea.  There may even of been a water route to the Pacific ocean by way of the Loa river on the south end.

Then one day it happened, the Andes Mountains made another push upwards. Violent earthquakes took place and the south end of the Altiplano rose a few feet. Since the city and most of the upper plain was now sitting on essentially slabs of vertical sandstone it began to crumble and literally sank into the sea.  At the same time a massive amount of mud and water came rushing north completely burying the city on the bottom of the new lake. This may also explain how Puma Punka, Tiwanaku and some of the other megalithic works on the islands were destroyed and buried.

If this was the case, evidence of Atlantis may never be found.

I’d like to hear any comments pro or con, but as I eluded to before I don’t believe the dates the experts are giving.

If any links are needed to some of the places referenced I’ll be glad to provide them.

Unexplained Mysteries