The Gran Pajatén

The “Gran Pajatén” is the vestige of the glorious existence of pre-Inca men. This people left us roads, agricultural terraces, and also domestic and ceremonial structures. According to the researches, this place was influenced by the Incas until the arrival of the Spaniards.

Pajaten ruins

The settlers of this zone are proud of being descendants of that great culture called The “Gran Pajatén” or Culture from the Abiseo.

The “Gran Pajatén” is the testimony of a glorious past, tracks of this unconquerable people who overcoming the hardness of a virgin forest entered into her to built houses, temples, palaces, etc. The Ruins of the “Gran Pajatén” have not revealed their mystery yet.

These ruins are located in the province of Mariscal Cáceres (Juanjui), within the National Park of the Abiseo River. Visit this place is an amazing experience, with a lot of adventure, meditation and admiration.

The vestiges of the “Gran Pajatén” are the evidence of the existence of an important pre-Inca civilization in the mountains of the high forest of San Martín; in the photo you can see one of the important constructions of that time, The Pinchudos Mausoleum. The walls of this place are of stone and mud, and the idols that are hung naked around the place are made of wood. This is never touched pre-Hispanic vestiges.

In the western sector of the Park you can find the “Gran Pajatén”, The Pinchudos Mausoleum, the archaeological rests of The Beach, The Paredones, The Papayas and The ruins of Ajisuncho (Tumac River, Inca trail, Ventanas-Cajamarca).

They remained hidden until 1963 in when it was rediscovered. The Mausoleum is characterized particularly by the idols of wood that represent naked humans with bulky genitals; these idols are hanging from the superior beams.

The burial of their death people had an important character; more important if the death was some religious leader. All their activities were always made in harmony with the nature because they adored the Pachamama (Mother Earth). The Hispanic cultures of the National Park of the Abiseo River played a very important role in the sprouting of the Andean civilization.

The National Park of the Abiseo River is a time capsule that conserves the rests of a lost Andean-pre-Hispanic world. The Park has two differentiated sectors. The Eastern one, that is between the 1500 and the 3300 meters above sea level. Some scientists consider that this place could be part of the refuge of the Huallaga Pleistocene.

The Hispanic cultures of the National Park of the Abiseo River played a very important role in the sprouting of the Andean civilization.

The PNRA is a time capsule that conserves the rest of a lost Andean-pre-Hispanic world. The PNRA counts on two differentiated sectors.

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