Hingkiori Petroglyphs - Amazon Rainforest

The stones atHingkiori were likely in the river in the past as they are sometimes flooded to this day. Weathering on the rocks indicate the stones must have been in fast flowing water at some point in the past, whether in the ancient past when the glyphs were carved or in more recent times is unknown. If it’s true that Hingkiori’s monoliths were once in the water then perhaps more stones with rock art could be discovered if the path of the ancient river could be discerned. The glyphs themselves are as captivating as they curious. Each stone has it’s own story to tell.

     In the rain-forest north of Cusco exist a remote and enigmatic section of Peru, the wilds of Manu and adjacent regions. There are many little known rock carvings or petroglyphs in this jungle which deserve further research. While the Petroglyphs of Pusharo are by far the best known of the art in the greater Manu area there are reputed to be other stones.  In addition to Pusharo and the other lesser known petroglyphs are the glyphs known as Hingkiori. 

     The Petroglyphs of Hingkiori are in the valley of Kosñipata in the northern-eastern most part of the Cusco department of Peru, boarding Madre de Dios. There are at least three large, dark andesite stones with incised carvings into the rock. The site sits at approximately 550m above sea level, varying slightly from one stone to the other. The Petroglyphs of Hingkiori were likely created around the year 500CE. The ancients who likely carved the glyphs were the Huachiperi people belonging to the Harakmbut ethnic group, who still live in the area to this day.