UNESCO Chiribiquete National Park

Chiribiquete National Park (The maloca of the jaguar)

Chiribiquete National Park (Serranía de Chiribiquete) is a national park in the Colombian Amazon rainforest. The area has been protected since 1989 and added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2018 during the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee. It is included as a nature reserve and as an archaeologically valuable area.  During that session, on July 2, 2018, the national park expanded to 4.3 million hectares, making it the world’s largest protected rainforest area.

Chiribiquete has a large biodiversity, and there are many endangered species, including the lowland tapir, the giant otter, the giant anteater and the jaguar. It is the habitat of a number of endemic species, such as the Olivares’ emerald hummingbird.

The Serranía de Chiribiquete are a group of isolated tepuis (table mountains) in the park. At the foot of it, more than 60,000 petroglyphs have been found in shelters in the rocks, some of which are more than 20,000 years old. They depict animals, hunting scenes, fights, dances and ceremonies.

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