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Today was paleontology day. Our guide picked us up from the hotel in the morning and started right away with explaining everything we were about to see, in Spanish..... 

 Jose was translating for us, but judging from the endless stream of words coming from the guide and the one sentence translation that would follow, we missed most of it.  Arriving at the site we forgot everything we'd heard about fossils and pleistocene anyway. Initially we found the panorama far more interesting than the bones our guide was showing us.  The first hour we were just walking around pointing out all the stunning views to each other. When we could finally muster the concentration to listen to our guide again, he was digging up bones all of over the place. Out of nowhere a woman appeared: she wanted to know what we were doing there. A serious discussion between the woman and our guide follwed. After she left the guide told us all locals in the area where on the lookout for people coming to the area for digging up their own paleontology museum.  Apparently a lot of illegal digging had taken place there.  I was grateful we could just walk around freely; no fences, no entrance fees etc., but I could understand for sure the local people wanted to protect their treasures.

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