Mother Nature is not cooperating with us during our stay at Playa Santo Domingo. It has been cloudy and rainy both today and most of yesterday. Instead of heading to Ojo de Agua today, we decided to rent some bikes and head to El Porvenir which is a hotel and the site of at least 10 (groups of) petroglyphs. There are many sites on the island that have petrogplyphs and there are said to be petroglyphs on some of the other islands near here as well.

From what I have read, no one knows exactly how old the petroglyphs are or exactly what they mean (if they mean anything at all). There have been people inhabiting the island since at least 800 BC and some archeologists think perhaps it was as early as 2000 BC, but know one knows which group of inhabitants was responsible for carving the petroglyphs or when. There are many types of designs that can be found on the petroglyphs of Ometepe Island. This is an interesting paper about them if you are interested.

The shame with artwork this old that was carved in the outdoors is that it erodes with sun and rain. Many little shelters have been built over the petroglyphs at El Porvenir to help further preserve them. I am not sure what steps have been taken at other locations.

Some of the petroglyphs are much clearer than others. I made an attempt to make the designs a bit clearer by changing the pictures to black and white and adjusting the contrast and brightness.

I have to say that it is really cool to get the chance to see something like this. It reminds me that although I am just discovering Ometepe Island, there were people living here thousands of years ago.


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