Time  5 hours 13 minutes

Coordinates 1122

Uploaded August 31, 2016

Recorded August 2016

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1,895 f
1,637 f
7.55 mi

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near Ayers Rock, Northern Territory (Australia)

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If there is any place in this world that could be called "the Rock" for me it would undoubtedly be Uluru, in the Kata Tjuta National Park. It's a block of rock in the middle of a desert sand plane in central Australia. Its dimensions are quite considerable and one does not get to understand it until it approaches. Its height on the surrounding terrain is practically 350m, its length at the widest point is just over 3.5kms and its greatest width is almost 2kms, therefore we are talking about something bigger than we could have imagined . The best way to "understand" is to turn your base, which is just what we did in a comfortable, short, flat and spectacular excursion.
Logically you can start the ride in multiple parking lots along the road that circles Uluru.

We started the route in the busy Mala Carpark. From there you can also access the "ascension" (supposedly allowed, although not recommended out of respect for the spirits of the aborigines). The issue is that we were 3 days in the park and in the 3 was strictly prohibited this ascent by the winds of the area (the third day did not blow even a blade of air) so I came to the conclusion that they do not mean that climbing is forbidden to avoid losing potential tourists but, once you are there, any excuse (air, rain, extreme temperatures, etc.) serves to put the explicit little sign that you can not climb under any circumstances (there the posters can be intimidating enough ). Having said all this introduction, I will start with the description of our route, which was a combination of 4 excursions that the park proposes, Mala Walk, Base Walk, Kuniya Walk and Lungkata Walk.

As soon as we start walking, we leave the forbidden ascent by strong wind (?) To the right. Soon after we arrived at Mala Puta (it sounds bad, the tribe here calls itself bad, in English it sounds better since it was the Teaching Cave or Cave where they teach in Spanish), some covachos with aboriginal paintings. Shortly after, we arrived at Kantju Gorge, a small pond enclosed by a ravine through which water sometimes falls to fill the pond. The corner is a small orchard and haven of peace (if you're lucky to enjoy it with a certain solitude).
After the tour moves away from the rock (although there is a path that was still attached to this) to avoid passing by two "sensitive" shelters (they are sacred places that are not even allowed to take pictures from a distance). So we go around the north and east to the "Rock" from a distance that offers us a different perspective than we had at the beginning.
Thus we arrive at Kuniya Piti, completely to the east and next to the road. It is another sacred place, so no photos or to approach.
We face the south face completely glued to the large rock which changes the perspective and makes some corners seem very considerable dimensions. We arrived after walking for a while in this sector to another magical corner and very beautiful with the light already in the afternoon (and without prohibitions, in spite of being also sacred), Mutitjulu Waterhole (the lake of the snake, for the friends), with certain similar to Kantju Gorge, but more spectacular the enclave. Next to it there are some cave paintings and a little further on is Pulari (another forbidden corner, for sacred, a pity).
And little by little we are turning in the west until arriving, like someone who does not want the thing, to the parking lot.

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Teaching cave o Mala Puta

Caves with cave paintings. After all, they were and are open-air schools. I have included in the photos some coats that had neighbors, way of Kantju Gorge.
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Kantju Gorge

Laguillo under a ravine that during the rainy season falls a waterfall that fills it.

Mutitjulu Waterhole (Lago de la serpiente)

Es el origen del mundo según los Mala.

Pinturas rupestres

Están anexas al "Lago de la Serpiente" y no son gran cosa.

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