Cumbe Mayo

Yesterday I joined a tour going to Cumbe Mayo, which is the site of a pre-Incan aqueduct. It is situated in the area of a “stone forest”, which has eroded over time and has taken on an extraordinary form. Apparently the locals can see various bird and animal shapes and even monks, in the formations. I was not able to discern all of the shapes but perhaps I was not understanding what was being said. Never mind, I was just happy to enjoy the rock.

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There is a museum complex being built – tastefully.

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View from the museum.

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A viewing point for petroglyphs.

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Unfortunately my photo does not show the petroglyphs very clearly.

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Queuing to enter a very narrow “tunnel”. Once in, you had to keep going as there was not room to turn.

It was totally dark inside….

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….with the welcome light at the end of the tunnel.

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The locals were happy to pose for a photo – for a small fee.

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The aqueduct was constructed with just a slight gradient.

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 I did manage to spot the bird shape here. There was some debate as to whether it was an eagle or condor.

I thought it was a giant stonechat.

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I bought two hard boiled eggs from this lady for my lunch.

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A clearer example of a petroglyph.

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