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Ometepe is known for its rich pre-Columbian past. Petroglyphs and stone statues are scattered all over the island but the biggest concentration of them can be found on the north and northeastern slopes of Volcán Maderas. More than 1700 petroglyphs have been found on Ometepe and the oldest are thought to have been made around 1000 B.C. Some of the best places to see petroglyphs in their original place are at Albergue Ecológico El Porvenir and on Finca Magdalena. At El Porvenir there is a well-marked trail where you can see approximately 20 of these rock carvings. Visitors have to pay 1 US $ (December 2010) but for guests of El Porvenir it was free.

Petroglyphs on the island of Ometepe paid homage to the Nahuatl gods. The most common motif is the spiral, representing perhaps calendars or the Nahuatl concept of time and space. Their calendar consisted of 18 months of 20 days each, which made a year of 360 days. Other images carved in the rocks depict anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, like lizards, turtles, frogs and monkeys.

Directions: on the north and northeastern slopes of Volcán Maderas; at Albergue Ecológico El Porvenir (a 20-minute walk from Santa Cruz) and on Finca Magdalena (a 20-minute walk up from the village of Balgue)

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  • Updated May 8, 2011
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