Caicara del Orinoco

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Petroglyphs near Caicara

Caicara del Orinoco is a town in, and the administrative seat of, Cedeño Municipality, Bolívar State, Venezuela. It was founded in the middle of the Eighteenth Century.

Currently the Venezuelan government is building a bridge across the Orinoco at Caicara. When completed the bridge will be 2.4 km long.

Alexander von Humboldt discovered petroglyphs carved in the granite and gneiss near the river at Caicara.[1] Further investigation revealed a large number of prehistoric petroglyphs in the area.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bendrat, T. A. (1912) "Discovery of Some New Petroglyphs near Caicara on the Orinoco" American Journal of Archaeology 16(4): pp. 518-523, pp. 518-519

Coordinates: 7°39′N 66°10′W / 7.650°N 66.167°W / 7.650; -66.167