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Ayo Rock Formations

Marvel at the otherworldly appearance of these unusually shaped boulders, which were considered sacred by the Arawak Indians.

Ayo Rock Formations are a cluster of large monolithic boulders with strange shapes contrast with the flat desert-like surroundings. Stroll along the purpose-built walking trail for a closer look at the eye-catching geological formations.

Follow the paths that weave through the site and inspect the impressive collection of massive rocks, some of which are taller than many of the island’s low-rise buildings. Kids will love scrambling over the boulders, but be warned that there are no steps, so climbing them can be dangerous.

Note the strange curves and angles of the weather-beaten boulders, some of which look as though they could have been crafted by human hands rather than by nature. Early pre-colonial inhabitants of the island believed this cluster of rocks to be a sacred site and you can still see a sprinkling of petroglyphs carved into the caves. Take the time to examine the drawings closely. You’ll have to interpret them yourself as their meaning still eludes scholars.

Be sure to bring a camera as there are plenty of worthwhile photo opportunities with the giant rocks as a backdrop. There are no amenities at the site, so it’s worth carrying some refreshments and snacks. The trails are usually fairly quiet and free of crowds, so you may even want to take a picnic and enjoy it in the peaceful surrounds.

As you walk around, look for spiky cacti, colorful flowers and even small reptiles, which can frequently be seen hopping from stone to stone, as well as green iguanas basking in the sun. Plan your visit for dusk when the boulder site is particularly tranquil and serene. At this time, you may even get to see a burrowing owl.

Ayo is located just northeast of Hooiberg and entrance is free. Visit as part of a guided tour for more detailed information about the history and geology of the site. Combine it with a trip to other attractions in the region, such as the Donkey Sanctuary and Andicuri Beach.


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