Artefacts, Atlantis and the route to the sea

amphora China amphora Oruro Bolivia amphora Roman amphora Peru amphora Canaan
above from left, amphora from Yangshao in China, 4500bc, pre-Columbian amphora found in museum in Oruro, Bolivia, (both made by hand without the potter's wheel); amphora "roman period", Mediterranean, amphora from Peru 1,000 to 1300AD, amphora from Canaan.

amphora Teotihuacan amphora Canaan amphora Bolivia
above left, pottery from Teotihuacan, Mexico, centre, pottery from Canaan/Edomite, right from Orinoca near Pampa Aullagas.

jug Oruro Bolivia jug Mediterranean jug Thera
above left, jug found in museum in Oruro, Bolivia, centre, eastern Mediterranean jug, right, jug from Thera.

amphora Levant amphora Oruro Bolivia
above left, amphora from Levant, British Museum. Right, amphora in museum, Oruro, Bolivia.

jug cypriot-phoenician jug Cypriot 750bc jug Irael 1200bc
above left, cypriot-Phoenician, centre, Cypriot 750bc, right, Israel 1200bc.

jug Iran jug Inca
above left, Iran, British Museum. Right, Inca, Peru.

jug Oruro Bolivia jug  Holy Land 1500bc to1000bc jug pre-Columbian jug Holy Land 1500 to 1000bc
above from left, jug, Oruro, Bolivia, Holy Land 1500-1000bc, pre-Columbian Inca, right, Holy Land 1500-1000bc.

jug Chancay Peru 1450-1100bc jug Holy Land 1500-1000bc
above left, Chanchay, Peru 1450-1100bc, right, Holy Land 1500-1000bc

jug Crete jug Oruro Bolivia
above left, jug, Crete, right, jug Oruro

flask Cypro-Phoenicians flask pre-Columbian flask Holy Land 1500 to 1000bc
above left, Cypro-Phoenicians, middle, pre-Columbian Peru, right Holy Land 1500 to 1000bc

storage jar Egypt 3000bc storage jar pre-Columbian Tarija
above left, storage jar from Egypt circa 3,000BC., right, pre-Columbian storage jar in museum in Tarija, Bolivia.

above left, pre-Columbian earthenware vessel. Right, vessel from Majiay, China.

above from left, pottery from Longshan in China, pre-Columbian Narino culture, pre-columban Tiwanaku, Ubaid Iraq.

above from left, duck figures, Peru, Etruscan, Lambayeque (Peru), right, Etruscan.

above left, Lambayeque, Peru, centre, Cyprus 2500 to 2100bc, right, Chimu, copper/gold.

double jug Cyprus   double jug Cyprus
Above, left, Mycenean stirrup jar, centre, Nicaraguan stirrup jar,

  double jug Huatajata bolivia   double jug Uganda   double jug Cyprus
Above, left, jar from Crillon museum, Huatajata, Bolivia. Centre, Uganda. Right, Egyptian, attributed as copy of Mycenean stirrup jar .

Above left, Peru, 250-800AD, next, Cyprus imported 1650-1050BC, right, llama head Machu Picchu

bridge and spot base and ring ware base and ring ware Cyprus
Left, bridge and spout ceramic, Peru. Centre, "base and ring ware with bull's head" Cyprus. Right, "black on red ware with bull's head" Cyprus.

base and ring ware Cyprus
Above, explanation of how pottery made in Cyprus may have been copied or inspired by pottery imported from Phoenicia.

Atlantis symbol Cyprus
Above, typical jug made in Cyprus with "Atlantis symbol" of concentric circles.

double bottle kabyle double bottle Peru double bottle Peru
above left, Kabyle, Algeria, 19th century copy of traditional double vessel said to have Phoenician influence.
centre and right, typical pre-columbian "whistling" double bottles, Peru.

pre colmbian tairona double jug base and ring ware
Left, pre Columbian Tairona double jug. Right, double jug from Cyprus.

double pots Cyprus twin pots Chirique
Above left, double pots, Cyprus. Right, double pots, Chirique, pre-Columbian.

twin pots levant
Above, double pots, Levant.

double bottle Peru double bottle YNaqada I double bottle Yangshau, China
above left, double bottle, pre-Columbian Peru 4th to 8th century, centre, Naqada, Egypt, right, Yangshao, China, 4500 to 3,000bc.

double jug Cyprus
above, double jug, Cyprus 1600 to 1340bc, British Museum.

Philistine pottery
above Philistine pottery from Ashdod, note on the pot behind, the "Andean" cross surrounded by concentric rings.

Philistine cross Tiwanaku cross
above left, cross found on fragment of Philistine pottery, right, cross symbol at Tiwanaku, Bolivia.

clamp recess Tiwanaku    clamp recess Egypt    clamp recess Athens
Above, left, tee clamp recess on stone at Tiwanaku, above centre, tee clamps from ancient Egypt, right tee clamp recess on stone at Acropolis, Athens. The famous building called the Parthenon which sits on top of the Acropolis in Athens was built by Pericles following on from the destruction of an earlier Parthenon by the invading Persians in 460BC.

tiwanaku conduit    athens conduit
Above, left, stone conduit at Tiwanaku, right, stone conduit at Acropolis, Athens.

gateway Tiwanaku    gateway Persepolis    gateway Tiwanaku detail
Above, left, gateway at Tiwanaku, above centre for comparison, gateway at Persepolis, Iran. Above, right, detail from gateway at Tiwanaku.   

Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian empire and dates to 515BC,
making it roughly contemporary with the earliest stages of the Kalasasaya at Tiwanaku.

gateway Tiwanaku   gateways Persepolis
Above, left, gateway at Tiwanaku carved from a single block of stone, right sketch of windows and doors at Persepolis

great pyramid casing stone    Atlantis pyramid casing stone
Above, left, casing stone of the Great Pyramid in Egypt,
above, right, stone found on the Atlantis mountain, Pampa Aullagas, Bolivia.

spindle whorls Iran spindle whorld Teotihuacan
above left, spindle whorls Iran, 5000 to 1500BC, right, spindle whorls Teotihuacan, Mexico 200-800AD

stone axe Cochabamba axe Cyprus
above left, axe in museum in Cochabamba, Bolivia, right, axe from Cyprus 1100BC.

bishop's hat Crespi : bishop's hat Tiwanaku : bishop's hat Hatussa
above left, priest with "bishop's" hat in the Crespi collection, centre, priest with "bishop's hat in Tiwanaku, right, priest with "bishop's" hat at entrance to Hatussa, Turkey. .

headdress Sea Peoples headdress Sea Peoples headdress Amazonian headdress Amazonian headdress Tula headdress Tiwanaku
above left, headdress of the Sea peoples, centre, Amazonian headdresses, right, Tula mexico and Tiwanaku, Bolivia.

sea people high headdress cacique high headdress and kilt
above left, sea peoples with high headdresses, right, South American Indian headdress.

Elamite headgear Persian headgear
above left, Elamite headgear, Iran, 1000bc, right, Persian headgear.

eagle headed Assyrian god American headdress headdress American eagle headdress Aztec eagle
Above, Assyrian god with eagle head mask and feathered headdress on the back,
native American costume with circular headdress on back,
American eagle dance illustration showing circular headdress on the back,
Aztec eagle mask headdress with feathers,

Assyrian deity    Assyrian deity Crespi collection
Above, left, Assyrian god with eagle mask, right Assyrian style sculpture from the Crespi collection, Ecuador.

Assyrian eagle mask    Mexican eagle mask
Above, left, Assyrian sculpture with feathered eagle mask from the palace of Nimrud, 883 to 859BC, right traditional Mexican eagle feathered mask headdress.

Assyrian eagle mask    Mexican eagle mask
Above, left, Assyrian sculpture with eagle mask and feathered "wings" from the palace of Nimrud, 883 to 859BC,
right, Aztec with eagle mask, feathered costume and feathered "wings".

Mexican       ASsyrian god with bucket
Above, left, Mexican god carrying unidentified bucket or basket,
centre, Assyrian god carring unidentified bucket or basket, note, the upper "wings" are part of a circular feathered decoration as seen in the native American photo, right.

Sumerian   eagle feather bustle   native American headdress
Above, left, Sumerian chief of the gods, Anu, the upper wings are similar to the native American feather decoration seen from behind, centre. The lower "wings" are similar to the "tails" of a typical native American headdress often seen in side elevation, right.

Assyrian corn god
It has been thought by some people that what the deity is holding is a cob of maize, brought to Mesopotamia but which subsequently failed to cultivate there. Note the feathered headdress.

Assyrian corn god
Close up, Maize? Fir cone? or male spathe from date palm?

Assyrian corn    corn    corn
Above, left, from the "tree of life", Assyrian corn? centre, yellow corn, right, male cone.
Some think the object is a fir cone which was dipped in the bucket of water and used to sprinkle water on the tree to "purify" it. Others think it represents corn or maize which was introduced by visiting beings to Mesopotamia but which failed to cultivate there. Others think it was the spathe of the male date palm used to pollinate and cultivate the date palm trees.

eagle dance    Egyptian eagle dance
Above, left, modern version of traditional eagle dance, right, similar wings in ancient Egyptian sculpture.

eagle dance costume    Egyptian eagle wings
Above, left, native American Eagle Dance costume, right, similar wings in ancient Egyptian sculpture.

imperial eagle    Assyrian eagle symbol
Above, left, imperial eagle, right, Assyrian symbol with similar wings also with gods wearing winged costume and fish costume.

chaldean fish god   chaldean fish god    dagon    Aztec war costumes    Aztec war costumes
Above, 1st and 2nd, Chaldean gods wearing fish costume, Assyrian god with fish costume, right - native Americans such as Aztecs dressed in animal and bird costumes.

chaldean fish god   Tiwanaku mermaid
Above, left, Chaldean god in the shape of a merman. Right, black ceramic sculpture of mermaid from Tiwanaku.
The "legend of Copacabana" in Bolivia tells of a mermaid from Lake Titicaca who was worshipped as a divinity before
the site was adopted for the construction of the now famous church there.

Tiwanaku sphinx
Above, black ceramic from Tiwanaku depicting sphinx-like animal with human head and feathered headdress.

Ptolemy    Tiwanaku Egyptian headgear
Above, left, Egyptian headgear of Ptolemy, right, black ceramics with Egyptian style headgear from Tiwanaku.

cresi collection
Above, artefact from the Crespi collection, Ecuador showing stylised Egyptian representations.

Anasazi petroglyph cup and ring
above left, Anasazi petroglyph, right, cup and ring mark, Northumberland, England.
Note how both sets of rings have a channel from the centre to the outermost ring.
Also the figure on the left is wearing a feathered headdress and circular feathered decoration on his back.

Atlantis rock art
Above arrowed, the Atlantis symbol found amongst rock drawings dating to 11,000 BC in Amazonia.

prehistoric mastocdon Amazonia prehistoric hrse Amazonia
above left, rock drawing of Mastodon in Amazonia. Above right, rock drawing of horse, Amazonia.
These drawings are thought to date to around 11,000 BC to a time when Amazonia was not jungle but savanna inhabited by numerous human settlements.

Mayan headdress Cretan headdress
above left, headdress of Mayan nobleman, right, headdress of Cretan nobleman.

Sumerian zigurrat    Mexican zigurrat
Above, left, zigurrat of the Sumerians, right zigurrat at Uxmal, Mexico.

two left hands Tiwanaku    two left hands Seti
Above, left, statue from Tiwanaku, note the style showing two left hands, right drawing of Seti I of Egypt note the two left hands.

two left hands Egyptian    two left hands mesoamerican
Above, left, Egyptian sculpture with two left hands, right meso American sculpture with two left hands.

wheeled toy Aztec Sumerian wheeled toy Ukrainian wheeled toy
above left, Aztec wheeled toy, centre, Sumerian wheeled toy 5500BC, right, ancient Ukrainian wheeled toy.

stone door tiwanaku stone door derinkuyu
above left, stone door from Tiwanaku - there is said to be an underground city and tunnels beneath Tiwanaku,
right, circular stone door from underground city of Derinkuyu in Turkey

circular stone door tiwanaku circular stone door derinkuyu circular stone door acappadocia
Above left, another stone door from Tiwanaku - note how the stone is not perfectly round, but has straight edges on the right hand side and base, therefore it was not a wheel, but a door. Centre, circular stone door from underground city of Derinkuyu in Turkey, right stone door from underground site in Turkey with straight edge on right hand side and also on base.....

circular stone door turkey
Above, another stone door from underground city in Turkey.

circular stone pumiri bolivia
Above, Eduardo Montaño discovers three of these ancient round stones
covered in fossilised "coral" at prehistoric city of Pumiri, Bolivia, April 2014.

map of underground city in Turkey
Above, map illustrating underground city in Turkey
where round stone doors were used to block tunnel entrances.

fuente magna    fuente magna
The discovery of the Fuente Magna, a large stone dish covered in proto-cuneiform writing
from the shores of LAKE TITICACA offers two possibilities. One, that it was brought to the Andes
by the proto-Sumerians - but it has Andean motifs on the outside so was not brought from somewhere else, or two, that the Sumerians themselves originated here or visited here.

fuente magna
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deciphering Fuente Magna by Dr Clyde Winters

From Atlantis to the Sea

An Adventure

A journey to rival the adventures of Sinbad, from the sacred islands of the Sun & Moon, Lake Titicaca, Peru, via inland waterways, mountain crossing and sea voyage to the re-constructed court of King Solomon, Israel.

History presents us with evidence of many now lost cities and civilisations, many of which were thought to be legendary but have now been discovered such as Nineveh with its marvellous library, Ur, foremost city of the Chaldees, Troy with its multiple layers of city upon city and the treasure of Priam’s gold, Knossos, capital of a maritime empire and whose palace displayed frescoes of fashionable women in costumes that would not be out of place in modern Paris. Two other cities of equal or even greater fame still await discovery. Atlantis, the city whose walls and palaces were plated in sheets of gold, silver and gold alloy and which Plato tells us sank into the sea in a single day of earthquakes and rain. Tarshish, the city from which came the great treasure fleet every three years bringing gold and silver which King Solomon used to plate the walls of the Temple of Jerusalem.

Modern technology allows us to forecast precisely the location of the former of these two lost cities since Plato tells that it lay in the centre of a great continent opposite the Pillars of Hercules (Straits of Gibraltar); it lay midway along its longest side, the site was high above the level of the sea and took the form of a rectangular plain enclosed by mountains which contained the metals gold, silver, copper and tin. The plain itself was perfectly level and a vast irrigation canal 600ft wide was said to run around its perimeter, the plain was criss-crossed by smaller canals which also served for transportation purposes. The city sank into the sea in a time of earthquakes and floods caused by a single day of torrential rain.

Satellite mapping shows that this description applies perfectly well to the rectangular -shaped level Altiplano next to Lake Poopo, Bolivia so we may safely say that it was not the continent of Atlantis which sank into the sea as Plato himself thought, but only the island city of Atlantis which sank beneath the inland sea of Lake Poopo. Indeed although we know the whole continent by the European name of South America, this is not the true, pre-Columbian name of the country. It was formerly called by the Inca ‘Land of the Four Quarters’, one quarter of their empire being called ‘Antisuyo’, home of the Antis indians all along the eastern slopes of the Andes. In the native tongue, ‘Atl’ means ‘water’ and ‘Antis’ means ‘copper’ - Antis being, according to Prescott, the correct name for the mis-pronounced ‘Andes’ mountains.

The Altiplano is a site which contains many volcanic islands of a similar size to the one on which the city of Atlantis was founded and is still subject to earthquakes and floods such as those which Plato said brought an end to the city. The unique and precious metals such as gold, silver, copper and tin can all be obtained from mines which exist nearby in the mountains bordering Lake Poopo.

Knowing the location of the lost city of Atlantis give an insight into the location of the second previously mentioned city, Tarshish. Ezekiel tells us that in the days of King Solomon "once in every three years came the navy of Tharshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory and apes, and peacocks". It is usually but forward that Tharshish existed somewhere near the mouth of the Guadalquivir River near Cadiz, Spain. But a fleet from here would not take three years to reach King Solomon, neither would a fleet from Spain be likely to include ivory and certainly improbable that it would contain peacocks for these magnificent birds originated in Ceylon.

It should be noted that the Temple of King Solomon was designed and built for him by the Phoenician King Hiram of Tyre who provided mariners - the men from Gebel- a port on the gulf of Aqaba and it was here that the metals were landed and the ornaments for the Temple cast in clay moulds in the ground. The temple was also similar to the temple of Poseidon in Atlantis since it was similarly hung in sheets of gold - according to Kings 10/22 in the days of Solomon, because of the imports, gold "was so plentiful as to be accounted as nothing". But where were King Solomon’s mines?

The imported metals also included lead and tin. Tin was a sought after metal since it could be alloyed with copper to produce bronze, gradually superseded by iron, also on the list of imported metals. But tin is an unusual metal in that it occurs in very few places in the world, small deposits in Cornwall and NW Spain, main deposits in Malaysia and most of all in Bolivia where there still exists a mountain of solid tin. And along with tin, is usually found silver.

One of the Greek histories tells us that the city of Tharshish lay on an island in the delta of a river. When the river reached its mouth it divided into two and between the arms thus formed there was an island on which was established the city. The river was said to carry in its stream gold, bronze, silver and tin and if one followed the river upstream to its source, one came to a mountain of solid silver.

tarshish location
the island in the entrace to the river of silver (Pilcomayo).
Follow the route of the river upstream and you come to the silver mountain of Potosi, beyond that the tin mines in present day Bolivia, also mines of copper and gold. Note to the south of the island's location, mountains of iron. (Mt. de Hierro).

Such a mountain does not exist in the region of the Guadalquivir River, Spain and no ancient city has been found at the mouth of this river. But from the delta of the Rio Parana, Argentina, where it discharges into the Rio de la Plata which means ‘river of silver’, if one follows this river upstream one comes to a mountain not far from Lake Poopo, Bolivia. This is Mt Potosi, the mountain of solid silver which was exploited by the Spanish conquistadors and became a fountain of wealth for the Spanish Empire. The silver was at first shipped along the River Pilcamayo which was formerly called "the river of silver" but because of Spanish tax laws and difficulty of the route with hostile indians, the silver was ordered to be shipped to Spain via Lima and Panama in order to develop these two cities; the original route became forgotten but the name remained in the Rio de la Plata where the river discharges near Buenos Aires. The city of Tharshish would probably have been at the highest point upstream where seagoing ships could reach, thus the entrance to the pilcomay made an ideal location for a transhipment city. for the overseas shipment of metals. When contact was lost with the great continent, the city itself became lost in the silting mud but in antiquity the site was remembered as a place where silver was so plentiful that even the ships anchors were cast in silver.

“I am rich Potosí, the treasure of the world and the envy of kings.”

Who surveyed the world in antiquity? When the Phoenicians sailed westwards to found the new capital and centre of their great maritime and commercial empire, they chose a site at Tunis, North Africa. This site is exactly 180° West of the continental land mass commencing at East Cape, Siberia, placing their capital in the geographic centre of the world’s land masses, no small achievement and impossible to dismiss as a coincidence. But then did the Phoenicians inherit the maritime wisdom of Atlantis via the mysterious Sea Peoples who attacked Egypt in the time of Ramesses III, gaining thus the sea routes which enabled Hiram of Tyre to provide Solomon with the metals to plate the Temple.

carthage location

In the gold museum at La Paz, Bolivia, statues with inlaid gold tears are said to be weeping for the lost city of Atlantis. A few km to the north of La Paz, and some 20km from Lake Titicaca lies the mysterious city of Tiahuanaco, the oldest known city in the Americas and at one time a sea port on the edge of Lake Titicaca (known locally as Titicaca Sea and which has now receded.) On Lake Titicaca exists the islands of the Sun and the Moon, said to be the birthplace of the god Viracocha who emerged from these islands after the flood and created the people who repopulated the country. The islands are also the legendary birthplace of the Incas who founded an empire stretching thousands of miles across the Andes. The Inca were people of Quecha origin, children of the sun whereas the other great Altiplano race, the Aymara, were children of the moon. And the moon may have been the ancient timepiece used for the calculation of longitude, the Inca themselves using a sidereal lunar calendar based on a period of 20 Inca years when all the lunar phases repeated themselves.

In the year 1540, a vast expedition of 350 Spaniards and 4,000 indians under the leadership of Gonzalo Pizarro, brother of Franciso Pizarro set out from Quito, Ecuador to explore the interior of South America. Reaching the waters of the River Napo, Gonzalo ordered the construction of a brigantine and being short of supplies, sent a body of 50 men under Francisco de Orellana ahead to secure provisions. The current swiftly carried the boat off down river never to rejoin the main group which after an absence of two years of extreme hardship found its way back to Quito. Orellana’s voyage became known as the Great Descent - the first to navigate the length of the Amazon and it was Orellana who gave it its name, Rio de las Amazonas - River of the Amazons, on account of the fierce fighting women they encountered along its banks. Orellano on his return to Spain via Cuba also brought with him tales of the golden city of El Dorado thought to lie in the interior.

The route to the sea via the Amazon is one option which may have existed since ancient times and is a route which has certainly been retraced in modern times. A lesser known route is the route from the Altiplano via the rivers Pilcamayo and the Parana to the estuary at Rio de la Plata and thence by sea under the Cape of Good Hope following the tradewinds and up the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba.

The adventure begins at the island of the Sun, traditional birthplace of the Inca and the original Inca landing place and stone stairway still exists today. Using traditional reed boats from Lake Titicaca, the expedition sets out to navigate the waters of the River Desaguadero, 150 miles south to Lake UruUru and thence to Lake Poopo. The water levels were formerly much higher than today facilitating the use of numerous now abandoned irrigation canals which exist all over the region of Lake Titicaca/Poopo. The name of Lake UruUru should not go unnoticed since the Urus were the original lakeside dwellers of the Altiplano and Ur was also the ancient capital of the Chaldees in Mesopotamia, in the Sumerian language, ‘Urutu’ meaning ‘river of copper’ - the first people of Mesopotamia also dwelt amongst the marshes and used reed boats similar to those of Titicaca.

Along the route of the Desaguadero River lie many ancient archaeological sites, gold and copper mines and in the museum at Oruro exists a Mediterranean style amphora which dates from around 1200BC - suggesting a trans-Atlantic contact. On arrival at Lake Poopo, the expedition continues to the volcanic island of Pampa Aullagas, the site of ancient Atlantis which exists at the southern end of the lake about three miles from the lakes edge - but when the lake floods, it becomes an island. At other times the lake dries up altogether, so these days the route is no longer as feasible by boat as it was in the days of the Urus who lived along the edges of the lakes and waterways and on floating islands on the lakes themselves. Pampa Aullagas exists in the correct location for the missing city of Atlantis and shows how the city was built on the edge of the level plain and next to the sea, as Plato said, "50 stades from the sea."

From Pampa Aullagas, it is but a short distance to the upper waters of the Pilcomayo River, here called "Rio de Aquas Calientes" (River of hot waters) and the route now proceeds down the course of the Pilcomayo River, past the Silver Mountain and down to the town of Villamontes which is where the heights of the Andes are left behind and the River Pilcomayo formerly took its course down to the island of Tarshish at the entrance to the river opposite Asuncion.

The Pilcamayo River, the original ‘River of Silver" was the route to the Altiplano and carried in its stream the gold, silver, copper and bronze for which the city of Tarshish was famous. From Asuncion, the river is broad and navigable by large vessels and one can proceed by ship or by land as far as Buenos Aires in the delta of the Parana River.

silver river
above, the name of the silver river still survives in the region of Bueno Aires
where in Spanish, it is called "Rio de la Plata".

At Buenos Aires one has reached the sea, the Atlantic Ocean and from here the route taken by the first ancient reed ships was probably via the Indian Ocean and Red Sea to the Persian Gulf, giving access to the first settlements on the Indus Valley, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and via the Gulf of Aqaba through the historic Valley of Jordan to the state of Israel, thus symbolising the voyage of the fleets of Tarshish which brought peacocks, ivories and precious metals to the court of King Solomon every three years according to the bible account.

Today the Pilcomayo is dried up and no longer navigable but the route from Puerto Suarez in Bolivia on the rio Parana to Buenos Aires and also the river route along the rio Grande via the Amazon to the Atlantic have both been followed in reed boats by Col John Blashford Snell in his Kota Mama expeditionsjohn blashford-snell

I should mention that although many people seem to have the idea that the canals on the Altiplano were connected with the sea, they were in reality connected with the inland sea, extending from Lake Titicaca in the north, to Lake Poopo in the south,a considerable distance and thus, the boats which brought merchandise from abroad could equally well be considered to be bringing merchadise from within the vast continent itself.

The river routes which led off the high altiplano to the lower levels were routes that could be followed in the days before modern roads with porters transporting merchandise and canoes, as can be seen in the sixteenth century illustration below.

el dorado
From high levels such as the Altiplano, goods could be transported overland following the
river routes and carrying canoes where there were insufficient or unnavigable sections of water.

mines around lake Poopo
Above, location of the mines near Lake Poopo and the Atlantis site on the Altiplano.
All the metals mentioned by Plato are found in the region adjoining Lake Poopo.

south america river routes to sea
Above, river routes through South America could be followed
to reach the silver, tin and gold mines of the Altiplano and Atlantis.

altiplano river routes to sea
Above, river routes from the south-east side of the Altiplano.
The river Pilcomayo was a route which could be followed to the Silver Mountain
at Potosi, and beyond to the tin, gold and copper mines near Lake Poopo.

Jim Allen, author:
Atlantis: the Andes Solution
The Atlantis Trail
Atlantis: Lost Kingdom of the Andes
Atlantis and the Persian Empire