Yesterday, I had a dream about the ancient stone carvings inscribed on caves and I recalled my trip to Checta in Peru. It was startling enough for me when I landed on the least travelled terrain of Peru and found the best examples of stone carvings which are better known as the Petrogylphs .
Checta lies in Lima, Peru, near Santa Rosa de Quives. As per the information from the locals this happens to be an ancient 5,000-year-old site and once a habitat with a large lake, a temple complex, which got buried due to a massive land slide.
Petroglyphs are the images created on rock surfaces with some sharp object. Petroglyphs are also known as rock art . Well the petrogylphs I found on the walls of "Checta” Peru are truly mind boggling.
The Petrogylphs in Peru are the huge standing boulders with messages inscribed on them by the prehistoric people. Well I found different versions and stands on these petrogylphs. The petrogylphs are complete abstract features and the locals explain it as a way of transmitting information of their ancestors. While some others ascertain it to be engraved as form of ceremonial purposes.
Some of these petrogylphs stand directly under the sun unprotected and distorted with the sand of time, while there are lot many specimen which are protected and preserved . Checta in Peru stands as a living instance of thousands of pre- Incan rock carvings.
So many questions haunted me as who could be the creators of these mysterious stone carvings and what could be their message behind it. Well it was narrated to me by one very old gentleman ( proclaiming to be a descendant of the Incas) that there was a massive land slide in the year 1925 and after the devastating impact these huge boulders with the engravings appeared from down below the Earth. I found this to be truly astonishing is it possible ? But it is true as the version was narrated to me by some other locals too.
The Petrogylphs of Checta in Peru is barely accessible as it is located on a steep rocky cliff which could be only reached via a muddy riverbed. The climb seems to be very hectic but once you reach the peak it is a marvellous moment watching the stone carvings. A deep insight into them reveals what a marvel they are?
Though visitors are very rare to this place but this is truly an incredible site.