The Mysterious Faces and Symbols of Machu Picchu

The vast Inca empire has many hidden mysteries all over the Andean mountain range, and their secret carvings can be seen if you take the time to look for them. In Machu Picchu, you can find many carved faces that are unseen by others. The Incas did not carve perfect figures like Mayas or Dravidians, but carved roughly to make mysterious figures.  Just like the Nazca Lines, the carvings seem to be done, for bigger, superior beings. People pass by in thousands without really looking at these mysteries, and some hidden shapes are just thought of as natural formations. We guarantee you that there are no coincidences are accidents in Machu Picchu.

Above: Rock shows a happy face of life – Note how the crown has been constructed

The faces of Life and Death: A huge rock in Machu Picchu seems like a naturally shaped human face. Watch carefully and you will notice that a crown has been built by the Incas. Also, the eyes have been roughly carved to confirm that the Incas did this on purpose. From one side, you can see that it shows a happy youthful face of life.

Above: Same rock showing a sad, ghastly face of death

Walk over to the other side of the ruins and take a look at the same rock. You can see a sad, dying face on the same rock. The Incas believed in duality, and this is a remarkable example of illustrating it. The local Quechua people identify this is a god and do not climb over it, unlike the tourists.


Above: Rock shows the body of the Andean Condor without its best feature: wings

The Andean Condor: In the middle of the ruins, you will find an Andean Condor sculpted on the floor. The rock has been carved like the Condor, but without its wings. An Andean condor without its most important feature, the wings?  Why would the Incas sculpt their sacred bird with a remarkable wingspan of over 10 feet, without the wings? Take a few steps back and look at the bigger picture!

Above: The 2 huge rocks depicting the Condor’s wings – The left rock is not touching the ground

You can see that the two huge wing-shaped rocks next to it denoting the wings. Upon careful observation, you can see that the rocks have been carved out to be shaped like wings.

Above: The figure of a sleeping woman. Traces of etched gold were found on this rock.

The Sleeping Woman: So, you had seen a man’s face on a Rock, right. If Incas really believed in duality, shouldn’t there be a woman too. There is! Take a look at this rock, roughly sculpted to look like a sleeping woman. On the same rock, the samples collected show traces of gold etched on them. Mystery remains why gold was used on this ‘Sleeping Woman’ rock.

Above: The rocks of a wall in shape of a Llama, an important animal for the Incas

The Llama: In the ruins of Machu Picchu, you will see thousands of rocks of various shapes used for construction. While it seems like the shapes of these rocks have no meaning, many believe that there are secret codes unintelligible to human beings. One one of the walls, you can see the rocks arranged in the shape of a Llama. Since the Incas did not have wheels, Llama was their important beast of burden and transportation. Many statuettes of Llamas covered in animal fat have been found in the Andean Mountain range. Is it a mere coincidence that you see a Llama shaped figure on this wall?

Above: A rock carved exactly like a mountain behind it

The Mountain Shaped Rocks: The Incas learned from the best, the nature itself.  You can find a rock that has been carved exactly like the mountain behind it. Standing in front of this rock, you will see that the shape of the rock perfectly matches the mountain behind it. The Incas worshiped mountains, and it may have been difficult to see that mountain everyday because of fog. For this reason, that mountain had been carved on the rock to worship or meditate everyday.

Above: Another rock carved exactly like the mountain behind it

Above, You can see another example of rocks modeled after the mountain. Why were these models created? Were these models created for meditation as the mountains can be covered by fog most of the time and it is easy to worship the carved rock? Are these carvings made for Apu, the Inca mountain spirit?

Above: On the right, man in a fetal position; On the left a rabbit facing him

Man In Fetus Position And The Bunny: Next to the Andean Condor temple, you will see a crude sculpture of a Man in a fetal position and a Viscacha (Andean Rabbit) facing him. The Incas always buried their dead in fetal position as old age signified ‘second childhood’. The Incas sacrificed Viscachas for the Condors and for other rituals. Why was the bunny carved facing the man?

An Inca house top modeled exactly after the mountain behind it. Note how the slopes are aligned.


House Modeled After The Mountain: Similar to the Mountain shaped rock, the houses in Machu Picchu, have tops that are shaped like the mountain behind them. From the front of these tops, you can see that the slopes coincide exactly with the mountain.  Was it constructed to signify something mysterious? It just seems too strange to be a mere coincidence!

If you visit Machu Picchu, take your time to look at these magnificent,  mysterious faces and symbols. Did the Incas carve these things out of boredom? Were they just religious in nature or is it signifies something that is not understood by us? Were the huge rock figures meant to be seen by us, or were they done for someone other than the human race? Like the Nazca Lines, was Machu Picchu designed for heavenly Gods? Coming out of Machu Picchu, we realize that we have more questions than answers.