The petroglyphs at Cholpon Ata are remarkable - they were carved between 8BC and 5BC. Many are clear enough to make out an Ibex or a Snow leopard hunt. Others are so faded that I had to trust the guide who would say what we were supposed to be seeing. I was not sure whether the guide was self-appointed or official, but he took us around the area for a small tip. As a parting sale, he tried to sell us the information enclosed in the glass display panel as a brochure. We declined. The place was once fenced and the labels put up in a more prosperous time. I did not want to be the tourist who took the last English piece of info at that site.
From Cholpon at the "bus station" to Bishkek.
The traveller will be recognized long time before he arrives at the bus station.
The "tout" will present his friend or the most rewarding driver.
Don't pay inadvance and try to find the best way for you.
From 500som to 250som...for the same distance..cholpon-bishkek
Cholpon legend, the name of a beautifull girl who could not choose her djigit (name of kirghiz horseman)