|Hoping we can get going again soon, but also not.|
|The church of San Andres|
|Stairs leading down to a burial chamber|
|Inside a hypogeum. Bodies were placed in the spaces |
between the columns with a common face design.
|A different decorated hypogeum|
|These pots contained the bones of the poor.|
El Aguacate has only two burial chambers to visit, but it has the only hyogeum with salamanders painted on the walls. Your guess as to the significance of these reptiles is as good as anyone else's. There are no lights here and we are not allowed to use camera flash so we take the best photos we can using a flashlight.
|Ancient lizard art|
Follow the link to read an interesting op-ed piece from the President of Bolivia regarding the coca leaf.
At the museum there is a coca tree in the garden (and pretty much everywhere else). The woman working at the museum gives us some dried coca leaves from their museum display for us to try - though you are supposed to stick wads of them in your mouth and ad a little lime (the mineral, not fruit). Tired from our hike, Mika claims that chewing the coca gave her the energy boost to trudge up the hill to our hotel. I am not sure about that, but it did make my mouth slightly numb. In San Andres we also have coca tea (coca leaves in boiling water) and try a locally produced coca wine which tastes like a cheap plum wine. Because there is such a stigma attached to the coca plant in my country, having drinks made from the leaves feels kind of naughty and rebellious.
|How can one lttle leaf cause so many problems?|