Rocío and I visited multiple prehistoric rock art locations on our second Macusani day trip. Amazingly, no site had signs or barriers around them. Without our guide Ulices we wouldn’t have known they were there.
Between Macusani and Tantamaco Ulices showed us prehistoric rock paintings with white, red and orange pigments. Either the artists only used these colours or the other pigments had faded with time. Ulices didn’t know the painting ages, responding in Spanish that they were possibly as old as 3,000 BC.
Geometric rock paintings of different patterns
This artwork includes multiple animal paintings and a two-tone rainbow
Near Aymaña in the Corani District we visited the Titulmachay Cave covered in ancient petroglyphs of condors, camelids and other images. Being there recalled childhood dreams about cavemen, fires and wooden clubs.
The carvings were black except for those exposed to higher temperatures from cave fires over the centuries.
The cave with black petroglyphs above and white ones below
Ulices was uncertain about the petroglyph ages, answering with ‘up to 3,000 BC’ just like with the paintings.
A condor flying (top right) along with other petroglyphs
This petroglyph could be a dog, camelid or other animal
In addition to the decorative carvings, a few notches or hooks of a more practical nature were also chiselled into the cave wall.
This hook looks like it had a practical purpose
At the pre-Inca archaeological site Marca Marca we saw a final example of prehistoric rock art under an overhang.
Red rock paintings at Marca Marca, Carabaya Province