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Kuelap's Ancient Guinea Pig Run
Kuelap Guinea Pig Run
Photo by Tony Dunnell
This stone structure is located in what would have been a home or storehouse. Is it a bench? Is it some kind of drainage system? According to one of the local guides, this stone channel served as a guinea pig run. A favorite food of many pre-Columbian cultures, guinea pigs were an important source of meat in a land with few domesticated animals. Peruvians still eat roasted cuy today.

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