Pozo de Yanayacu in Chachapoyas, Peru

The Pozo de Yanayacu, which translates to "black water" well, was built to protect a sacred source of water that, according to local legend, was unleashed from the barren rocks by a magical archbishop who would later become a saint.

Back in 1581, Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovej arrived in the town of Paita on the north coast of Peru. The Spaniard was the new Archbishop of Lima, a city 560 miles to the south. Why he got off the boat in Paita is anyone’s guess, but it was presumably by choice....

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