Paititi The Lost Inca City of Gold

In 2001, Italian archaeologist Mario Polia discovered the report of a missionary named Andres Lopez in the Vatican archives. In the document, which dates from 1600, Lopez describes in great detail, a large city rich in gold, silver and jewels, located in the middle of the tropical jungle called Paititi by the natives. Lopez informed the Pope about his discovery and the Vatican has kept Paititi’s location secret for decades. The Paititi legend in Peru revolves around the story of the culture-hero Inkarri, who, after he had founded Q'ero and Cusco, retreated toward the jungles of Pantiacolla to live out the rest of his days in his refuge city of Paititi. Other versions of the legend see Paititi as an Inca refuge in the border area between Bolivia and Brazil.

Adolf Hitler’s photographer Hans Ertl shot an expedition documentary called Paititi, and in 1971 a French-American expedition in the Peruvian mountains ended with all three explorers dead, killed by the Machiguenga Indians who lived in the area.

Even before the document was found in 2001, Thierry Jamin was leading expeditions in the southeast of Peru to try and find Paititi. Since 1998, Jamin and his group have completed around 20 trips in the area. The goal of the group’s first few missions was to explore and document the mysterious mountain shapes picked up on satellite imaging.

According to the newspaper Correo, the lost Inca city was found by explorers from the province of Calca in Cusco who were encouraged to undertake the long trip to the location of the lost city, some four days of walk from Sacramento. Javier Paso, Benancio Encalada, Belisario Alvarez and Justo Puma are the people who, encouraged by local authorities and their spirit of exploration and research, embarked on a journey that eventually took them almost two weeks, from their hometown to what they baptized as ‘the entrance to Paititi‘.

The four travelers uncovered the existence of buildings similar to those of the Inca civilization, including walls, terraces, and even houses.

“We call it the Lost City “, although we hope professionals can tell us what its really called and tell us exactly what it’s all about,” said Javier Alegre, mayor of the town of Qorimayo, who suggests that the recently discovered city might correspond to the mythical Inca city of Paititi, said to exist somewhere in the Peruvian Amazon in the Andes. However, so far no expert reports have been issued on the mysterious origin of the citadel in the Peruvian jungle.

On 29 December 2007 members of a local community near Kimbiri, Peru, found large stone structures resembling high walls, covering an area of 40,000 square meters; they named it the Manco Pata fortress. However researchers from the Peruvian government's Cusco-based National Institute of Culture (INC) disputed suggestions by the local mayor that it could be part of the lost city of Paititi. Their report identified the stone structures as naturally formed sandstone. In 2008 the municipality of Kimbiri decided to promote it as a tourist destination.


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