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Savonet Route - Part 3

Indian drawings and caves are next
on the horizon.

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Savonet Route - Part 3

The road next makes a steep descent onto a shallow salt flat (or salina) where you may see herons and American oyster catchers. Soon you'll reach a parking lot near Indian drawings and caves.  
The reddish-colored Indian drawings, looking almost as if they had been done in crayon, are fenced to protect them from being defaced. Similar drawings have been found on the South American continent.

Based on the pottery shards found here, it appears the artists originated in Venezuela. The Indians did not live in the caves hereabouts but in oval houses made of wood and intertwined branches.

Figures drawn in the caves, estimated between 500 and 2,000 years old, are considered abstracts that may have had some religious significance. The figures are drawn in white and black, as well as terra cotta.

The most interesting cave is the second one, but the bottleneck at the entrance requires that you scuttle inside on all fours. You'll need a light to go farther, but the cave soon opens so you can standing upright again.

The cave extends for a distance of about 410 feet. Its ground is covered with grayish-brown guano from the four species of bats that reside here. You'll make a sharp right to enter a white chamber whose walls are made of soft marl. Drops of water over thousands of years have formed the stalactites and stalagmites.

Don't worry about any fearsome-looking cave spiders you see. Although relatives of the whip scorpion, the spiders lack poison glands.

Finally you'll enter the well-lit sanctuary of the "cathedral" hall where barn owls sometimes are seen.

The return road also offers fine coastal views with the opportunity to scale a couple of large boulders.

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