The Marcahuasi Ruins are a group of rocks located on a plateau in the Andes Mountains of Peru. These rocks are notable for their curious shapes, and various hypotheses have been put forward to explain their formation. For some, these ruins were carved by human beings, whilst others argue that they had been formed by the forces of nature. There are those who claim that the Marcahuasi Ruins contain some sort of healing powers.
The Marcahuasi Ruins are situated near the village of San Pedro de Casta, on a plateau in the Andes Mountains in Huarochirí Province, to the east of Lima, the capital of Peru. This plateau was formed from a volcanic reaction, and consists of granite. Located 4000 m above sea level, the plateau is about 4 km (2.4 miles) square in area.
The area of Marcahuasi is recorded to have first been explored by Daniel Ruzo, a Peruvian explorer, in 1952. It was Ruzo who discovered the curiously shaped rocks on the plateau. According to Ruzo, these rocks were carved by human beings from a highly advanced ancient civilization. Many of these rocks are claimed to have some sort of form that makes them mysterious.
For example, there is the ‘African Queen’, which has been compared to the Sphinx in Egypt, the so-called ‘Egyptian Princess’, and ‘Tawaret’, a rock which is said to look like the Egyptian goddess of the same name. It has been suggested that these rocks show a connection between the people in Marcahuasi and ancient Egypt. Other notable rocks include the ‘Face on Marcahuasi’, said to look like the ‘Face on Mars’, the ‘Monument to Humanity’, named by Ruzo in honor of the four distinct races of humans found on the plateau, and rocks in the shape of animals.