The archaeological site of Samaipata consists of two parts: the hill with its many carvings, believed to have been the ceremonial centre of the old town (14th–16th centuries), and the area to the south of the hill, which formed the administrative and residential district. The huge sculptured rock, dominating the town below, is a unique testimony to pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs, and has no parallel anywhere in the Americas.
Why should you visit Fuerte de Samaipata?
- The sculptured rock at Samaipata is the dominant ceremonial feature of an urban settlement that represents the apogee of this form of prehispanic religious and political centre.
- Samaipata bears outstanding witness to the existence in this Andean region of a culture with highly developed religious traditions, illustrated dramatically in the form of immense rock sculptures.
- The region is generally considered a pre-Columbian religious site, built by the Chané people, a pre-Inca culture of Arawak origin.
- However, there are ruins of Incan settlement nearby. Both the civilization of Chane and Inca were invaded by Guarani warriors you eventually captured the region and destroyed Samaipata.
- Three important settlers in this land: The Chanes, the Incas and the Spaniards.
Year of Inscription: 1998
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