Naupa Iglesia: An Egyptian Portal in the Andes?

Naupa Iglesia: An Egyptian Portal in the Andes?


Halfway up a near-vertical ravine in the Andes, someone carved an inverted V-shaped entrance into the mountainside. Then they sliced the bedrock with great precision to create a shallow door that goes nowhere; the same design appears in ancient Persia and Egypt. Then for good measure, they carved an additional altar with three alcoves into an outcrop of bluestone.

This sacred site is named Naupa Iglesia, or more accurately, Naupa Huaca.

Windows into Paradise

It’s not by accident such 'doors' are referred to as spirit doors or windows into paradise: a naupa is an inhabitant of the spirit world, and as it happens, the false door of Naupa Huaca marks the passage of the earth’s electromagnetic currents, the very forces that are known to generate out-of-body states.

It takes a hard heart to stand here and not feel the palpable energy of place. It is transfixing as much as it is bewitching. And perhaps that is the foremost reason why this site was carved in such a remote and inaccessible location in Peru.

The very nature of its location makes any astronomical relationship unlikely, so we are open to entertain the idea that this temple was used for a restricted shamanic ritual . Temples of a similar nature in other parts of the world typically require a difficult access, followed by a sensory deprived environment which generates conditions for the candidate to access other levels of reality.



Musical Measurements

The measurements of the main portal of Naupa Huaca are not random, they conform to musical notation . The length to height ratio is 3:1, making a perfect fifth in the second octave; the ratio of the alcove is 5:6, a minor third.

The 5:6 ratio is both unusual and filled with specialist information. It perfectly describes the movement of the Earth, whose pole completes one full rotation of its axis every 25,920 years, while the plane of the equator tilts four degrees every 21,000 years — a ratio of 5:6. This accurate calculation of the motion of the planet is also encoded in another unusual temple, the Bent Pyramid of Egypt, whose slope angles encode the same ratio.

Bent pyramid of Sneferu, Dahshur, Egypt.

Bent pyramid of Sneferu, Dahshur, Egypt. ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )

Dominating the unique environment of Naupa Huaca is the cave ceiling. It has been expertly sliced like butter (bear in mind this we are at an altitude of 9800 feet (2987.04 meters) on the side of a ravine) and smoothed with laser-like precision to create two different yet specific angles: 60 degrees and 52 degrees. There is only one other place on earth where these two numbers appear side by side: the slope angles of the two major pyramids at Giza .

Stone angles on the sheer faces of ravine at Naupa Iglesia. Photograph © Freddy Silva

Stone angles on the sheer faces of ravine at Naupa Iglesia. Photograph © Freddy Silva

The violent earthquakes that regularly lay this region of the Andes to waste have exacted a fair share of damage at this site, preventing further exploration into this man-made cave beyond a latter-day low wall of stacked stone that prevents rubble from a partly collapsed ceiling to rain down onto the curious and the intrepid who venture up the mountainside trail.

Still, there’s another anomaly to be examined in this temple: its creator picked the exact spot on the side of the mountain where exists a single outcrop of bluestone. Appearing in stark contrast with the surrounding sandstone, bluestone contains a type of crystal that was used in early radio receivers for its excellent piezoelectric qualities. The rock is also magnetic, another useful feature for shamanic journeying.

Bluestone was also specifically chosen to build the oldest part of Stonehenge, leading its architects to source this sonorous granite 150 miles (241.40 km) away in Wales.

Stones at Carn Menyn, Wales, as an example of bluestone.These dolerite slabs, split by frost action, seem to be stacked, and ready for the taking.

Stones at Carn Menyn, Wales, as an example of bluestone.These dolerite slabs, split by frost action, seem to be stacked, and ready for the taking. (Ceridwen/ CC BY-SA 2.0 )

The outcrop has been expertly shaved into three niches, and although partly dynamited by religious fanatics, the delicate workmanship is still evident. Its central niche is similarly cut to musical notation, the ratio 3:2, a perfect fifth.

Naupa Huaca. Photograph © Freddy Silva

Naupa Huaca. Photograph © Freddy Silva

The three-step design defines the Andean view of the Universe: the creative underworld, the physical middleworld, and the ethereal otherworld. The concept is idealized in the chakana, commonly known as the Andean Cross. Chakana literally means 'to bridge or cross,' and it describes how the three levels of existence are connected to each other by a hollow reed — a culturally shared concept in ancient Persia, Egypt, the southwestern United States, and the Celtic world. The oldest iteration of the design is carved on a monolith at Tiwanaku, the world's oldest temple complex, and it differs from the later version in that it is based not a square but a rectangle with a ratio of 5:6.

A carved altar with three alcoves into an outcrop of bluestone. Photograph © Freddy Silva

A carved altar with three alcoves into an outcrop of bluestone. Photograph © Freddy Silva

Ruins at Tiwanaku, Bolivia.

Ruins at Tiwanaku, Bolivia. ( CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 )

It seems that Naupa Huaca was designed by a cosmic mason for anyone wishing to access another level of reality and communicate with gods which, back in the day, were either forces of nature, or elevated people who personified or understood how to control such forces.

Who Created Naupa Huaca?

As to the identity of the architect, certainly the Inca can be dismissed. Inca stonework pales by comparison in both scale and quality, they merely inherited and maintained a culture that was, by their time in the 14th century, already long-vanished; even the ancient Aymara claimed such temples were made long before the Inca.

The style of stonework at Naupa Huaca is consistent with that found in Cuzco, Ollantaytambo, and Puma Punku , and what these sites hare in common is the myth of a traveling builder god named Viracocha who, together with seven Shining Ones, appeared at Tiwanaku after a catastrophic world flood, since dated to 9703 BC, to help rebuild humanity.


Viracocha. ( Public Domain )

Interestingly, the same group appears at the same time in Egypt as the Aku Shemsu Hor — the Followers of Horus.

© FREDDY SILVA, 2016 |

Freddy Silva is a best-selling author, and a leading researcher of alternative history, ancient knowledge, sacred sites, and the interaction between temples and consciousness. He is author of many books, including THE LOST ART OF RESURRECTION 


Top Image: Shrine at Naupa Iglesia. Photograph © Freddy Silva

By Freddy Silva


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Hi Walter, ive tried ayahuasca three times in cusco and i will try it again after reading your book..if u send me a copy of course to [email protected]
by the way let me know if you plan to trip to Machu pichu or cusco or peru
thanks alot

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Hello Walter, ive been into ayahuasca in here cusco, and i will try it after read your book...if u send me a copy of course...thanx alot..let me know if you trip to cusco once again

Thank you. I am an old recovering Roman catholic, and I no longer kneel. "Many awaiting"? I have seen them, and also my own dark side, with Ayahuasca.
"knobs" is a U.S. idiom for breasts.
Visions are no mystery to me. My first career was as a psychotherapist, and I grew to hypnotherapy.
Second career was teaching Organizational Behavior.
Send me your mailing address if you would like a copy of my book about hypnotherapy.

Kneel at the "door" portal of Naupa Huaca and meditate, also sit in the middle niche of the bluestone niches, rest your arms on the "knobs".... you will have amazing insights, visions, and experiences meaningful to you. There are many awaiting you there. A great tool of awakening. Take it seriously.

"Naupa" doesn't mean "inhabitant of the spirit world" in any Andean language; it means "old" in quechua. "Old Church." The site isn't remote, it's about an hour's walk from highway 28B on a well-traveled local road, and it is not difficult to access, it's a five minute climb up a tier of Inca terraces; in fact, it is a well-known and advertised tourist destination. Further, "chakana" has nothing to do with hollow reeds; in Inca times the word referred to the three stars in the "belt" of the constellation Orion. The exterior altar is very similar to the "Bath of the Virgins" in nearby Ollantaytambo.

The place is still venerated by the local Peruvians; offerings of flowers, seashells, or coca leaves can often be found there. The stone carving is wonderful, and worth the walk in you are in the area. The location is shown on the large tourist information sign across on the south side of the Inca Bridge.


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