Note: Unfortunately, Bolívar himself couldn't attend, being laid up with tuberculosis nearby. (He may well have died from the disease at a later time.)The battle is commemorated by a 30+ meter high (about 100 ft.) obelisk on the lonely, windy plains at over 14,000 feet altitude. We have passed it on the Central Highway, oh, about 50 times, usually going at about 60+ mph, and have commented numerous time, "Oh, when we get time, we need to visit." It is way out there, further than this looks, and we have never had the time.
Until last week, that is. We finally pulled up to the gate, paid our 20 soles (about $6), picked up Carlos the guide, and arrived.
To our surprise, there was a small museum in the base of the obelisk.Carlos gave us a detailed explanation of the murals, and how the battle went.
Interestingly, in the end, it was really more of a skirmish than a big battle, with less than 2,500 involved, with about 400 casualties. However, the Spanish took off, and their decline in the region began.
So there you have it! One more checkmark on the ol' bucket list!
We hope that you are having luck getting all those important things done in your life also.
Dave & Paula