Ecuador opens ancient caves to the public

26th Jun 2013

One of Amazonian Ecuador's most intriguing cultural sites is being opened to the public for the first time.

The ancient tunnels of the enigmatic Tayos Cave could easily be a backdrop to the film Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.

The cave, known locally as la Cueva de los Tayos (Cave of the Oilbirds), is found in thick Amazon jungle and is expected to be a hit with tourists on trekking holidays.

History-loving travellers will be able to view pre-Shuar civilisation ceramics from 3,000 BC as well as alphabet tables and decorative objects.

They could also admire Palaeolithic remains dating back to between 48,000 and 12,000 BC.

Tourists will be able to access the cave down a vertical "chimney" tunnel that runs 63 metres (206ft) deep.

The caves are found in the Morona Santiago province of Ecuador, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sangay National Park.

Holidaymakers to the region could also take in activities such as visiting the towering Sangay Volcano, as well as bird watching, hiking, canoeing, fishing and local cuisine.


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