23 de junio de 2014

CERRO COLORADO: The Stone-Page Book

Cerro Colorado is a small town in the province of Córdoba that history has chosen as the custodian of a great treasure: 30,000 pictograms on eaves and hidden behind the vegetation, which have been painted by the natives that lived in the region. But, the lack of protection endangers the existence of this natives’ treasure.

When I visited Cerro Colorado for the first time, the first thing I heard was the murmur of Los Molles Stream and of Los Tártagos River. And what caught my attention first were the three hills: the Colorado, the Veladero and the Inti Huasi Hills, which shelter this amazing stone-page book. In those times, the people interested in visiting the paintings had to be hosted by families who live in the place or could spend the night in the town’s campground.

The people living in Bajo Caracoles and Perito Moreno have the same feeling with Cueva de las Manos as the two hundred people living in Cerro Colorado: they know they are involuntary guardians of the two most important archeological sites in South America. However, Cerro Colorado is a small town with no attractions except for a small place called Agua Escondida where Atahualpa Yupanqui's historical house museum can be found.

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