Tunnels and Gold Under the Andes
Dear Member of Blavatsky Net,
In Isis Unveiled, Blavatsky writes of one of those fascinating mysteries
- long extended tunnels supposed to be under the Andes mountains
containing much hidden gold. Is such a thing just airy imagination
or is it fact?
She comments on this subject for several pages. Some of the story
she recounts she claims was known before. Here is some of what she
"Not far from this spot stand three separate peaks which form
a curious triangle; they are included in the chain of the Andes.
According to tradition the only practicable entrance to the corridor
leading northward is in one of these peaks; but without the secret
of its landmarks, a regiment of Titans might rend the rocks in vain
in the attempt to find it. But even were some one to gain an entrance
and find his way as far as the turning slab in the wall of the sepulchre,
and attempt to blast it out,the superincumbent rocks are so disposed
as to bury the tomb, its treasures, and — as the mysterious
Peruvian expressed it to us — “a thousand warriors”
in one common ruin. There is no other access to the Arica chamber
but through the door in the mountain near Pay’quina. Along
the entire length of the corridor, from Bolivia to Lima and Cusco,
are smaller hiding places filled with treasures of gold and precious
stone, the accumulations of many generations of Incas, the aggregate
value of which is incalculable.
We have in our possession an accurate plan of the tunnel, the sepulchre,
and the doors, given to us at the time by the old Peruvian. If we
had ever thought of profiting by the secret, it would have required
the cooperation of the Peruvian and Bolivian governments on an extensive
scale. To say nothing of physical obstacles, no one individual or
small party could undertake such an exploration without encountering
the army of smugglers and brigands with which the coast is infested;
and which, in fact, includes nearly the whole population. The mere
task of purifying the mephitic air of the tunnel, which had not
been entered for centuries, would also be a serious one. There,
however, the treasure lies, and there the tradition says it will
lie till the last vestige of Spanish rule disappears from the whole
of North and South America." (Isis Unveiled Volume I pages
595-598 published in 1877.)
In recent times there has been more confirming evidence of the
reality of these tunnels.
Some of you may be familiar with von Daniken's "Gold of the
Gods" published in 1972. Admittedly von Daniken is quite controversial
and I am not intending to offer any support to his extra-terrestrial
claims by quoting from him here.
Early in his book von Daniken says:
"To me this is the most incredible, fantastic story of the
could easily have come straight from the realms of science fiction
if I had not seen and photographed the incredible truth in person
… A gigantic system of tunnels, thousands of miles in length
and built by unknown constructors at some unknown date, lies hidden
deep below the South American continent. Hundreds of miles of underground
passages have already been explored and measured in Ecuador and
Peru. This is only the beginning, yet the world knows nothing about
it." (Page 1).
He tells us about the find by Juan Moricz who
"stumbled on the underground passages in June 1965, during
his research work, in which he was ably assisted by Peruvian Indians,
who acted as skilled intermediaries between him and their tricky
fellow tribesmen. Being cautious by nature and skeptical as befitting
a scholar, he kept silent for three years. Not until he had covered
many miles of underground passages and found all kinds of remarkable
objects” did he tell anyone. (Page 4)
Moricz said that passages like those through which we were going
extended for hundreds of miles under the soil of Ecuador and Peru.”
You can see more at http://thehollowearthinsider.com/news/wmview.php?ArtID=21.
More recent and more sound confirmation comes from David Childress.
Childress is an adventurer who has also has written numerous well
researched books that explore the nooks and crannies in the world
around us and happen to often lend general support to Theosophy's
general claims for the ancient history of man.
Online there is a very useful article by Childress at
http://www.ufoarea.com/aas_childress_tunnels.html. I recommend reading
it. Be sure to note that this quite long article continues onto
a second web page.
Here are some snippets:
"What if I told you that I had been inside a fantastic tunnel
that runs beneath the continent of South America? Would you think
me a liar? Or worse yet, insane? Though I admit it is a story that
seems difficult to believe, I am telling the truth. Read on, dear
reader, and decide if I am mad or lying.
Although it seems incredible, there is a great deal of evidence
to show that a network of ancient tunnels exists throughout much
of South America. Legends abound on this tunnel system, and I can
state that I have even been inside some of the tunnels on this strangest
Legends of tunnels in South America surfaced almost immediately
after the conquest when the Spaniards discovered that the Incas
had hidden much of their treasure-sacred relics of pure gold either
beneath the Inca capital of Cuzco or in a secret city known as Paititi.
Either way, legend had it that a tunnel system was used."
Wilkins believed, as did apparently Madame Blavatsky (a well known
psychic and founder of The Theosophical Society), that a spur of
the ancient tunnel system came out in the Atacama Desert near to
Arica and the current border between Chile and Peru, which is further
south still. Madame Blavatsky related the story, retold by Wilkins,
of the ancient treasure and tunnel system.
There certainly appears to be some repetition and borrowing between
some of these stories. Yet most historians and archaeologists believe
that they are based on some fact. That tunnels and lost treasure
exist, there seems to be no doubt. But the real questions are, where
are they? And, who made them?
The treasure of the Incas is believed to still be hidden in the
tunnels that run under Cuzco and the ruins of the megalithic fortress
mentioned above called Sacsayhuaman.
The stories of a subterranean world fascinated me and I decided
that South America was a good place to investigate whatever reality
there might be in the many legends.
It didn't take long to find the tunnel entrance.
I was amazed at this ancient feat of engineering. We were descending
down into the earth in a wide, gradually slopping tunnel that was
dug into a red, clay-type dirt. It was not the smooth, laser-cut
rock walls that Erich von Daniken had claimed to have seen in Ecuador
in his book Gold of the Gods, but it was just as incredible.
It wouldn't have taken some space-age device to make this tunnel,
just simple tools; yet, it was clearly a colossal undertaking. Why
would anyone build such a tunnel? Was it an ancient mine that went
deep into the earth, searching for an elusive vein of gold or merely
red clay for the long gone ceramic kilns? Was it an elaborate escape
tunnel used in the horrific wars that were said to have been fought
in South America-and around the world - in the distant past? Or
was it some bizarre subterranean road that linked up with other
tunnels in the Andes and ultimately could be used to journey safely
to such places as Machu Picchu, Cuzco or the Atacama Desert? Maybe
a combination of all three."
Marli, Carl and I continued walking through the tunnel for a kilometer
Did it really go to Machu Picchu and the Andes? It seemed incredible,
but we could not discount this story."
There are many more details in Childress' article than I can mention
here. To find more in his books check out:
"Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America"
by David Childress at www.seekerbooks.com/lost_peoples/index.htm#093281302x
(published 1986, pages 63-7, 72, 172-5) and "Lost Cities of
North and Central America" at
(published 1992, pages 83-4, 200-1, 213-4, 256-7, 302-3, 316-20,
A collection of his books is at the new aisle at: http://seekerbooks.com/adventurers/index.htm
Conclusion: HPB's unusual claims find confirmation again.
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