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The protected landscape area Rupestre de Chamangá is located to the east of the city of Trinidad, in the department of Flores. It has an area of over 12,000 hectares, located in the basin of the Río Negro (Black River) and the micro basin of the smaller Chamangá River, whose headwaters are in the Cuchilla Grande inlands. The area is characterized by a gently undulating terrain and grassland ecosystems with highly fertile soils dedicated to extensive livestock farming, with hills associated with the Chamangá and Los Molles rivers.
It has significant natural and cultural values. In the area there are abundant rocky outcrops accompanied by bush shrub flora at the base, forming a thicket in which species such as tala, temberatí and coronilla appear.
In the prairie ecosystem there are approximately 8 species of bird including the Vermilion Flycatcher and the White Heron. Other examples of wildlife are also on display, such as mules, foxes, skunks, lizards, ostriches and capybaras.
Rock paintings and archaeological remains
The protected landscape area Rupestre de Chamangá includes the highest concentration of rock pictographs in our country— 41 recorded, whose uniqueness is given by its location in open fields and on granite outcrops, and prehistoric archaeological remains which have been the subject of academic studies and scientific research.
The styles of the pictographs are strokes and abstract geometric shapes with repeated cruciform elements. There is also a fine line engraving with a grid-like design, occuring before the paintings were made. The conservation of the pictographs over the years has involved a process that combines the application technique –fixing some organic material in the original work – with a natural phenomenon called microscopic accretion of silicate, which forms a transparent film that protects it.

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  • The location according to the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP)Abrir o Cerrar

    The landscape area Rupestre de Chamangá was entered into the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP) in early 2010 under the Protected Landscape category. The category reflects both the value of the pictographs and that of its surroundings, given that it is a landscape of unique cultural and natural significance.
    The site has already had a departmental declaration of interest for its study, research and preservation since September 1998.
    The entry of the area into the SNAP has allowed for regulations to be established regarding economic activities and uses of the land that may affect the landscape, its cultural values and traditional ways of life.

    Attention: entry is not currently allowed until further notice