Colo Michi Co

This place is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Argentina and America, not only for the quantity of the pieces displayed but also for their quality.

It is located 10 km from Varvarco on the west side of the imposing Cordillera del Viento at 1830 meters above sea level.


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Photo: Argentour.com


Its name derives from Mapuche language, meaning Aguada del Gato Pardo, making reference to the spring located by the Archaeological Park in Colo Michi Có.

The “carved, marked stones” is how the locals name the breathtaking rock art in Colo Michi Có. These are believed to have been made by the year 500 AD by nomadic tribes prior to the primitive Pehuenches, who left traces in various places in the North of Neuquén.


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Photo: Argentour.com


An outstanding attraction is undoubtedly the large number of printed rocks found in the place. About 600 boulders are scattered within a radius of 14 hectares, with thousands of prints matching the “parallels style” described by Menghin (Menghin, O. 1957). The petroglyphs are varied and resemble frogs or spiders in geometric patterns, a series of arrowheads, snake-shaped figures with rows of pointed bones on their bodies, fish and indigenous necklaces made of fossilized mollusks arranged to resemble the sun.

The technique appears to have been the same for all the boulders found: percussion using a chisel made of flint or quartz.

For this trip, you can contact any of the local travel agencies.


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Photo: Argentour.com




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