A secret hideout designed to shelter senior Nazis from Adolf Hitler's Third Reich has been discovered deep in an Argentinian jungle, archaeologists claim.

Researchers from Buenos Aires university trekked in Teyu Cuare park to uncover a potential link to the German totalitarian regime which unleashed World War Two.

The complex of three buildings was built in the South American country by the Germans in the event of defeat in the conflict. Argentina was a favoured destination for Nazi officials seeking safe haven post-1945, none of whom had to resort to a jungle existence - as far as is known.

A connection to Hitler's government and the hidden jungle compound is suggested by discoveries at the site, which include five coins minted between 1938 and 1941 and also a segment of plate with the inscription 'Made in Germany.'

Daniel Schavelzon led the team behind the discovery. He said: "Apparently, halfway through the second world war, the Nazis had a secret project to build shelters for top leaders in the event of defeat – inaccessible sites in the middle of deserts, in the mountains, on a cliff or in the middle of the jungle like this."