by Janice Friedman
July 23, 2018
In 1976, NASA's
Landsat Satellite was orbiting
Earth when it photographed mysterious dots in southeast Peru, at 71
degrees, 30 minutes west longitude in the Madre de Dios region of
The satellite photograph, archived under number C-S11-32W071-03
showed a mysterious set of formations, in the middle of Peru's
The satellite image revealed structures symmetrically spaced and
uniform in shape, looking like a series of eight or more pyramids,
in at least four rows of two.
The curious formation became known as the
Pyramids of Paratoari, or as many
authors would later call them, The Dots of Peru, or the
The satellite image sent explorers, authors, and researchers into a
frenzy as to what the curious structures are.
The 'pyramids' became quite popular, especially since it is believed
lost city of Paititi was located
somewhere in that area.
The president of the South American Explorers Club, Don
Montague wrote about the enigmatic structures in an article
published in the South American Explorer Journal, where he described
them as nothing other than odd geological formations.
However, many people who saw the satellite image were not convinced
by Montague's writing.
Proponents of the theory that the structure are not geological
formation but in fact, manmade structures argue that the Pyramids
were most likely built by a long-lost ancient civilization that
inhabited the Amazonian rainforest thousands of years ago.
The alleged structure,
many argue, have been devoured by the surrounding rainforest and are
covered with thousands of years of vegetation.
photographed by NASA's Landsat satellite.
Image Credit: NASA
Despite the fact that the alleged pyramids structures are located in
a remote part of the Amazonian rainforest, a number of expeditions
have been mounted to explore, not only the alleged pyramids but the
region in search for the lost city of Paititi.
The Lost city of Paititi is a legendary ancient Incan
metropolis, said to be located somewhere east of the Andes, within
the dense and remote rainforests of southeast Peru, northern Bolivia
or southwest Brazil.
Numerous expeditions to search for the lost city of Paititi were
established, and some of them even searched for the alleged
pyramids of Paratoari.
Between 1984-2011 various expeditions were led by
Gregory Deyermenjian, member of
the explorer's club and a Peruvian explorer.
These included the
documentation of Incan remains in Mameria, the exploration and
documentation of the petroglyphs
at Pusharo, exploration, and
documentation of Manu's Pyramids of Paratoari, and others.
Deyermenjian had discovered plenty of evidence of ancient Inca
inhabitance in the area, including,
...but he did not find
conclusive evidence that the mysterious structures spotted by NASA's
Landsat satellite were man-made structures.
Deyermenjian argued that
the structures were natural sandstone formations known as truncated
ridge spurs, which can take the form of natural pyramids.
Deyermenjian has since,
in 1999 and 2006, seen and photographed various very similar sites
in the area of the Río Timpía, with intriguingly pyramidal-shaped
huge natural formations.
'In 1996, still
without helicopter, we again ensconced ourselves within the
steamy lower jungles of Manu, in an area just to the south of
Pusharo, to reach and make the first definitive examination of
the 'Pyramids of Paratoari,' eight apparently evenly spaced and
unnaturally symmetrical hillocks which had caused a flurry of
speculation as to their origin and relation to Paititi since
having been spotted on a NASA satellite photograph twenty years
You can read more about
Deyermenjian expeditions, and the search for Paititi and the Lost
Realm of the Inca's,
But people were still amazed by the formations.
In 2001, French explorer
Thierry Jamin investigated the site
of Pantiacollo, and is said to have investigated the pyramids,
concluding that they are in fact natural formations.
However, Jamin discovered
several Inca artifacts in the same area.
In 2011, a British expedition to investigate the Pyramids of Paratoari with,
...as part of the
documentary 'The Secret of the Incas' took place.