Archeological Precolony Ruins

Archeological Precolony Ruins – Canopy – Cock of the Rock

For the Archeological Precolony Ruins tour in the morning, we will venture down a nearby trail or two to watch the ant pittas, an extremely retiring (and subtly beautiful) group of South American birds, as they come to devour worms at the feeder a photographer’s delight.
After a hearty breakfast, we will venture out to the archeological ruins on the property for a look at what is left of a group, the “Curisetas” (translated as the “Goldsmiths”), that inhabited the region pre-colonially; most interesting is that they were never conquered by the Incas. Their history is a bit murky, but this small group of natives seemed to have faded away without much of a fuss or fight. The Curisetas were best known for their prowess at mining and then molding gold jewelry, and for hauling large rocks from distant areas and placing them as directional monoliths; their pottery shards are still easily found in the rivers on the property. We’ll make our way back to the lodge for a well-deserved lunch!
We will take time for a post-lunch “siesta” before hitting the trail again. This afternoon we’ll head down to a mating lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock; several males of this loud and bright orange bird – something like South America’s answer to the Birds of Paradise! – can often be found in the late afternoon’s carrying-on in the tree canopies right overhead in hopes of attracting females. We might even want to check any motion sensor cameras along the way to see if any critters passed by over the last 24 hours! As always, another inventive dinner awaits.

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