Ancient Temple Ruins Under Lake Titicaca

The remains of what is thought to be a 1,000- to 1,500-year-old temple have been found below the waters of South America’s lake Titicaca, according to a scientific expedition.

“We’ve found what appears to have been a 660′ long, 160 feet wide holy temple, a terrace for crops, a pre-Incan road and an 2,600 feet long containing wall,” said Lorenzo Apis, the Italian scientist leading the expedition in a region of the lake around 90 miles northeast of the Bolivian capital La Paz.

The expedition “Atahuallpa 2000,” backed by the international scientific group Akakor Geographical Exploring, made over 200 dives into water 65 to 100 feet deep to record the remains on film and with photographs. The expedition plans to publish complete findings of its 18-day study and to eventually raise archeological remains to the surface.

The ruins were found in an area of the lake between the town of Copacabana and the Islands of the Sun and the Moon. The research involved 10 scientists from Italy, 10 from Brazil, five Bolivians, two Germans and a Romanian. Lake Titicaca, some 12,464 feet above sea level, lies on the border between Bolivia and Peru, and is the highest navigable lake in the world. The Tiwanaku culture lived on its shores before they became part of the Incan empire with its base in Cusco, Peru.

“All this means our civilizations have left more footprints than we had thought,” said Antonio Eguino, Bolivia’s vice minister of culture, whose government pledged financial and technical support to preserve and protect the ruins.

“May the Sun remain a young man and the Moon a young woman,
may the world not turn over, let there be Peace” – An Inca Prayer