The last I'll share of Kuelap. I did a guided visit with a group of tourists who were mostly Limenos because I chose Spanish as my language of preference.
Leidy was our guide, a local woman who had a child-like quality about her. It was something in the way she seemed so proud of her ability to respond to questions and share details about the history of the region and the Chachapoyas that reminded me of a girl enthusiastically raising her hand again and again in class to answer the teacher's questions.
But the group, especially the older men, gave Leidy a hard time. They posed questions that were really opinions and edged on political debates, which Leidy seemed to want to avoid (and rightfully so). Before we even entered the archeological site, Leidy's patience broke, and she engaged in a debate about the cable cars and who would benefit--the site, the locals, or, as suspected, the Peruvian government.
Frazzled by the aggression of the people arguing with Leidy and also by the fact that we were wasting our visit, I spoke up and asked if we were going to see Kuelap or just fight about it. So finally we went in, and the debating more or less subsided for the rest of the tour.
In the end, this woman in the group insisted on getting a picture with me, something that happened more often than you'd think...so I obliged and posed with her... And that was the last guided tour of my trip. It would've been nice to have seen Kuelap early, in the quiet that follows dawn when the shadows are long and few tourists have arrived, but I was thankful to have Leidy and felt protective of her after seeing what she has to deal with regularly.
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