The Gate of the Gods or the „Puerta de Hayu Marca“ has been carved out of a natural rock face and it measures exactly seven meters in height by seven meters in width with a smaller alcove in the center of the base, which measures in at just under two meters in height.
This huge mysterious door-like structure in the Hayu Marca mountain region of Southern Peru near Lake Titicaca, lies 35 kilometres from the city of Puno and is located in an area which has long been revered by local Indians as the „City of the Gods.“ Although no actual city has ever been discovered, the area is known as a Spirit Forest or a Stone Forest.
Jose Luis Delgado Mamani stumbled across the structure in 1996 while trekking through the surrounding foothills trying to familiarize himself with the area as his job was as a guide for mountaineering tourists. „When I saw the structure for the first time, I almost passed out…“, were his first words.
The native Indians of the region had a legend that spoke of „a gateway to the lands of the Gods“, and in that legend, it was said that in times great heroes had gone to join their gods, and passed through the gate for a glorious new life of immortality, and on rare occasions those men returned for a short time with their gods to „inspect all the lands in the kingdom“ through the gate.
Another legend tells of the time when the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in Peru and looted gold and precious stones from the Inca tribes. According to one legend an Incan priest of the Temple of the Seven Rays named Amaru Meru (Aramu Muru) fled from his temple with a sacred golden disk known as „the key of the gods of the seven rays“, and hid in the mountains of Hayu Marca. He eventually came upon the doorway which was being watched by shaman priests. He showed them the key of the gods and a ritual was performed with the conclusion of a magical occurrence initiated by the golden disk which opened the portal, and according to the legend blue light did emanate from a tunnel inside. The priest Amaru Meru handed the golden disk to the shaman and then passed through the portal „never to be seen again“. Archeologists have observed a small hand sized circular depression on the right hand side of the small entranceway, and have theorized that this is where a small disk could be placed and held by the rock.
The structure superficially resembles the Gate of the Sun at Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco). It is also said to be aligned by five other archaeological sites which together form an imaginary cross with straight lines crossing each other exactly at the point where the plateau and Lake Titicaca are located.
The Gate of the Gods in Peru is one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in the world and its real purpose could rewrite the history of the human race.