Ecuador Tayos Cave – Cueva de los Tayos

The origin of this name is for the birds that live inside, they are called Tayos. Tayos Cave (the Río Coangos is nearby), are located in the Morona Santiago province of Ecuador characterized by dense Amazon rainforest and the shuar culture. UNESCO denomated it as a Natural Heritage Site, Sangay National Park.

Oilvirds living inside Tayos Cave

This place formed about 200 millons years BF, have an elevation of 800m, the largest of three entrances is 65 meter deep (almost a building of 20 floors). Coord: 77° 47’34”W and 1°56’00”S

Cave of the oilbirds

In 1964 Juan Moricz clamed that he found a metallic library and other artifacts of a lost civilization in a cave of Ecuador. Eric Fontane asked for photos and information to Moricz and wrote a book called “The gold of gods”, a best seller translated in 25 languages.

Reading that, Stanley Hall got support of Britans Gobernement in 1976 and travelled with 35 scientists, including Neil Armstrong (the first man in the moon) to investigate the cave.

He said that “The cave Tayos is not an archaeological monument but is geological, the cave is morphological ancient formations which are naturally not been modified by man, being one of the most important in South America”.

Inside there is a big location called Cathedral (altitude: 12 m, longitude: 20 m), formed naturally by water and rockslides in different shapes. Geolocally it is formed by limestones, tectonic movements absoved by water in a process of millon of years creating passageways, waterfalls and water seepage .

Carlos Crespi Croci and one of his colecction

Father Crespi an italian priest had a big collecion from Tayos Cave, given by shuars as gifts. He had more than 5000 objects, 3000 of them were gold with gemstones. Stanley Hall met Crespi before he went to the caves.

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Crespi Carlo Croci collection (Ecuador), and Inca pieces.

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