There is an area in Colombia that I visited last week where plate tectonics and volcanic activity have produced huge sandstone formations in what is known as the Serranía La Lindosa in Guaviare department. Over millennia local Indian populations have produced pictograms on the many cliff faces. Unfortunately it is not possible to carbon date them because they were painted with mineral based iron oxide pigments rather than organic material as is the case with the European cave paintings but speculation ranges from as recently as the Spanish conquest for some to ten thousand years or possibly older for others.
In one of the paintings there is an animal that could be a Giant Ground Sloth. If so it could be it an image from a tribal recollection or more excitingly it could have been depicted from personal observation by the artist which would push the creation of the image to at least ten thousand years ago when those animals went extinct.
There is speculation that another section was painted much more recently during the invasion by the Spanish Conquistadores and that the apparently frightened people face a Spanish war dog which the Conquistadores used to attack and kill the Indians. The Indians made traps of sharp spines to pierce the dogs' feet and deter them but the Spaniards devised iron paw protectors which may be what we see on the animal's feet.
It is a fascinating place to visit with it's special geography, paleontology and amazing nature (so many monkey species everywhere you go) and if you you wish to enjoy a far flung place in Colombia only recently made safe for foreigners by the peace agreement and dispersion of the FARC then you should go.
Exp didn't see your post for a while. I don't know what type of aircraft we were on from Bogota to San Jose Del Guaviare but it was propeller driven. It was operated by Sateana. Regarding limited access no, I forget the name but yes there is a nearby parque Nacional which is home to some relatively uncontacted Indians. It is off limits. However the park where the pictograms are is quite open to tourism. And no worry about insects, I hardly saw any and none worth a photograph. This might not interest you but there are two species of "Cock-of the-Rock" in Colombia. One is the Andean and it can be seen in a couple of sites around Cali and at many popular birding locations in Ecuador and Peru. The other is the Guianian and it is only found in Eastern Colombia and over into Brazil. It is not a difficult find in San Jose Del Guaviare.
The Llanos and Yopal is another great place to visit for wildlife and there are some excellent guide services. I didn't see any big bugs there either but I think you have to go out at night to see the most impressive ones. Anyway those are two areas of Colombia that are must see in my opinion.
All members are welcome to post forum related announcements.
billforce: One of my Gringo friends from Medellin called me last week and told me he was "pick-pocketed" as he went to leave a bus. At the entrance a guy was getting on and bumped into him and later he realized his wallet was missing. No money, just his credit card
Aug 22, 2021 19:49:11 GMT -5
pilotguy68: Got my firt Pzier shot, wife gets first in two more weeks. Very, very sore arm. No other reactions. Joe
Jun 16, 2021 7:57:04 GMT -5
tubes: Colombians have experienced enough severe earthquakes to fear the worst when the trembling begins.
Mar 2, 2021 10:59:31 GMT -5
gallito: Merry Christmas to all our members and families
Dec 25, 2020 16:47:12 GMT -5
charlie640: You just need to find a motivated seller. Some MUST sell and will deal.
Jul 30, 2020 12:40:13 GMT -5
opigez1358: Thank you
Oct 17, 2019 12:08:59 GMT -5
gallito: New members welcome aboard! Get yourselves comfortable and join a discussion.
Feb 16, 2019 15:06:48 GMT -5
Deleted: hey everyone
Jan 7, 2019 0:34:39 GMT -5
barrumundi: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members and visitors from the Admin Team.
Dec 24, 2018 9:33:15 GMT -5
barrumundi: Special Christmas offer to all our visitors: Sign up to become a member before January 1st 2019 completely, totally FREE!
Dec 24, 2018 9:31:13 GMT -5
scumbuster: The only chat feature I see available in our toolbox is the shoutbox.
Dec 10, 2018 20:40:57 GMT -5
barrumundi: Just made the "Exchange rate" thread a 'sticky' so it stays at the top. It is currently 9 pages long and our 6 sticky threads combined have had more than 140,000 views!
Dec 1, 2018 9:33:50 GMT -5
gallito: Customize your profiles it's easy to do,pick a profile picture and add a slogan.
Sept 12, 2018 12:13:17 GMT -5
barrumundi: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Members and Visitors. May you all have a safe and prosperous festive season.
Dec 23, 2017 15:40:32 GMT -5
gallito: osoblanco,welcome to the board,jump into a discussion,create a topic!
May 31, 2017 12:59:51 GMT -5