According to local legend these human-like cactuses are all that’s left of 3 gringos (tourists) who, many years ago, chewed just too many coca leaves when climbing up to Inca ruins in the mountains, and just never stopped climbing. Eventually they got too close to the sun god, and turned into the only p!ant that could survive such heat with so little water….
PS: we made that legend up…. but you knew that didn’t you?
This pic was taken whilst exploring the Inca ruins at the stunning mountain location high above Pisac, at around 3400m.