Guadeloupe – Parc des Roches Gravées (Engraved Rocks Park)

Located in Trois-Rivières, access to the site and parking are free, but the tour must be done only with a guide. Visiting hours are predetermined and unflexible at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Some important points to know:

  • The site will close in October 2022 for renovations.
  • All the Petroglyphs face in the same direction, the south, so it is strongly recommended to visit it between 11am and 2pm and, therefore, to go there ideally for the visit at 11am or 2pm.
  • The 3 pm visit seemed to please visitors, but the 4 pm visit is not recommended. Blasé guide and visit completed in 15 minutes, almost non-existent visibility and limited photo options.

We showed up at the wrong time falsely believing it was possible to see for ourselves. We came back for the 4pm visit but, obviously, this is not recommended nor appreciated by the guides. Despite everything, we were still lucky to have seen this superb location even if few engravings were visible.

The sacred site surrounded by volcanic rocks and mature trees is extraordinary. The original engravings are surprising since they date from the pre-Columbian period. About twenty rocks have a total of more than 200 engravings and polishings.

Surprisingly, such old works are of such good quality. We can see human and animal forms. Explanatory panels are in the waiting section, but no rock is visible from the reception. It is only a few steps further that the site is revealed.

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