Layou Petroglyph Park Tour
Duration: Half Day
Not only is the beautiful island nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines blessed with a wealth of natural treasures, but it also boasts a rich and fascinating history that is certainly worth delving into whilst you are there. This fascinating tour will take you to see the ancient petroglyphs at Layou Petroglyph Park, near the picturesque fishing village of Layou. Dating back hundreds of years, these unique rock engravings will give you a fascinating insight into the cultural life and creativity of the early island settlers.
St Vincent and the Grenadines is the only Caribbean country in which petroglyphs can be found, so they are certainly worth seeing if you have the time. They are not easy to find, however, so it is best to take a guided tour. These unique rock carvings have been engraved in caves and open-air sites around the islands by early island inhabitants, but the best known and most easily accessible can be found at Layou on St Vincent.
Located a short distance to the north of Buccament Bay, on the western coast of the island, this pretty coastal village is worth a visit in itself. The stone houses, small church and crescent-shaped bay are surrounded by a spectacular backdrop of lush green hills, dramatic rockscapes and vertiginous mountain ridges, but the main attraction of this ancient settlement is its rich heritage. You can learn much about the first island settlers here as you are surrounded by history.
The nearby Layou Petroglyph Park is home to the famous petroglyphs, which were believed to have been carved on a 20-foot rock by pre-Columbian people such as the Ciboneys, or possibly later by the Arawaks and Carib Indians, but no one knows for certain. These indigenous people settled in St Vincent and the Grenadines before the Europeans arrived in the early eighteenth century. This particular drawing is believed to depict one of the gods offering rain and good crops.
Not to be missed during your holiday in St Vincent and the Grenadines, these ancient stone carvings are a unique record of our ancestors’ presence and a fascinating reminder of the complex history of the islands over the centuries. If you want to see more petroglyphs during your visit, others can be found in Barrouallie, Chateaubelair and Cumberland.
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