Photos By Robert Kittilson
The Gruta de Guagapo is the beating heart of the fertile Palcamayo Valley, just 35 kilometers north of Tarma.
Said to be the deepest in South America, the cave is accessible enough to entice the adventurous traveler, though it does not give up its secrets easily.
The Gruta de Guagapo is one stop among many on most local tour companies’ itineraries, and according to our guide the place swarms with tourists on the weekends.
But on a sunny weekday morning we stood at the mouth of the cave alone except for our guide and the taxi driver who had brought us there, the four of us dwarfed by the entrance.
We didn’t see another soul until we left the cave an hour later.→