La Selva Pintada brought together archaeologists, rock art specialists, local communities, tour guides, indigenous communities, resource managers, and the general public to explore and celebrate global rock art and in particular the spectacular paintings of the Serranía de la Lindosa in Colombia.
The conference attendance was at capacity in the Centro Cultural de San José del Guaviare, with over 100 people watching live on Zoom, and over 1000 watching both live and on catch up on Youtube.
Last Journey director, Jose Iriarte, opens La Selva Pintada proceedings
Following two days of talks, performances, and workshops, including working with palm fibres and creating our own rock art on the walls of the Centro Cultural de San José del Guaviare, the conference participants visited the communities and rock art sites of Cerro Azul and Raudal, accompanied by community leaders and religious specialists from local indigenous groups.
To support local heritage and ecological tourism and conservation, Last Journey produced “The Painted Forest/La Selva Pintada” book. Four hundred copies were donated to the Cerro Azul community during the conference for sale to visiting tourists.
Last Journey extend their thanks and gratitude to all who participated to make La Selva Pintada a resounding success. Special thanks are extended to the Secretaría de Cultura y Turismo and the Communities of Cerro Azul, Nuevo Tolima, and Raudal, whose support was essential for the success of the conference and our continuing collaboration for research and conservation in the region. We look forward to continuing our discussions and sharing our experiences of the rock art sites, their history, interpretation, and conservation.
Conference participants tried their hand at recreating the Lindosa rock art