Saturday, December 6, 2014

Atacama: Yerbas Buenas

Then it was off to see the perfectly preserved petroglyphs in Yerba Buenas.

 Said hello to one of our favorite animals in Chile along the way...  Amazing to me that they live way up north and way down south and vary only slightly in physical characteristics.  
There are more than 1,000 prehistoric petroglyphs here!  The elements are so dry that they have been able to stick around much longer than any place that gets rain :)

 The petroglyphs were created by the Atacameno people and date back approximately 10,000 years.  
 Yerba Buenas was also a spot where a lot of "traffic" would come through.  It was like a Motel 6 on your long drive across Nevada.  The people would be traveling with their animals across the Atacama and they would spend a few nights here to rest.  The people would gather together and tell stories...thus the petroglyphs.
 We could still see a number of stalls for the animals to stay in while their owners rested.
 Cute mom.
 Kind of fun to guess what their stories were about...

We know how to pack it one.  One last stop.  Rainbow Valley.

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