Chamangá: A Rock Paintings Area

Chamangá: A Rock Paintings Area is part of the Tentative List in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the State Party


Year Decision Comments
2005 Tentative list Submitted as tentative site by State Party


Reviews

Assif Am-David (Israel):
Chamanga was a true challenge to find. We went there by car from Montevideo two hours on a paved road to Trinidad and then 40 minutes on an unpaved road crossing rural farms typical of Uruguay. The scenery and wild animals we saw on our way were certainly interesting in their own right. Unfortunately the paintings less so. The pictographs are scattered within a large zone of private farms. You need the premission of each landowner to enter the site and then there are neither signs nor roads leading to the paintings. What we eventually saw thanks to the kind help of two local children was rather underwhelming. There were about 45 Guarani pictographs scattered over a zone of 120 km2 as the Unesco nomination process took form but as the landowners didn't want their huge farms confiscated many of them were blewn off!! Not a whs, I would say.
Date posted: December 2009

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