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“An unexpected perfect day in the middle of Argentina; un día inesperadamente perfecto”
Review of Cueva de las Manos

Cueva de las Manos
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Owner description: Cave of the Hands contains prehistoric paintings.
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Perito Moreno, sleepy and underwhelming, is the unexpected gateway to many wonderful sites, animals and stunning scenery in the NorthWest of Santa Cruz. Touted as a stop-over on the way between El Calafate/El Chalten and Bariloche,
I'm glad I decided to check out the Cuevas de los Manos.

The day I spent travelling to the Caves with a local tour company from Perito Moreno was delightful, seeing Guanacos and ostriches, and hiking through the striking CAÑADON DEL RIO PINTURAS to the Caves of the Hands (UNESCO World Heritage listed). It felt like a gateway, a perfect prelude to the caves, alive yet so still.

At the Caves, you have guided tours in English or Spanish, showcasing this UNESCO World Heritage listed site of ancient art and history on the rocks. The guides are passionate and dynamic about their site.

My guide spoke English as well as his native Spanish, and can cater for groups as well as individual travellers like me, and also organised my accomodation, assisting with my local travel. In retrospect, I would like to have stayed longer....

You can visit Cuevas de los Manos directly, however it is the tour companies that can take an average experience and make it excellent, suggest where else to go and organise where to stay....

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

This UNESCO cultural heritage site displays amazingly well preserved cave paintings, the oldest dating 9000 years ago and the newest a thousand years ago. You should definitely include this in your itinerary, if possible. The paintings are clearly visible on the walls of a canyon, and the canyons themselves are amazing. If possible, go 9 am when the first tour starts. The light is beautiful and there are no crowds. It won't be that easy without a car, though. You probably need to get a tour from Perito Moreno or a horse tour from the estancia nearby.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

We visited here a year or two ago and loved it - one of the highlights of Argentina for us. It's not many places you get to see cave paintings from 10 000 years ago! We joined a group with a guide (guide is mandatory) and there was info in English as well as Spanish. The guide was very informative - we learnt loads more than if we'd just looked at the cave on our own. The scenery all around is also totally breathtaking. We came as a day trip from Perito Moreno - there's not much to do in the town but there are companies that will organise your transport to the cave. It makes a good stop off along RN40 between Bariloche and El Chaltén too.
One thing - if you are organising a trip from Perito Moreno like we did, avoid a company called Zoyen Turismo like the plague. In the back of their 4 by 4 all our stuff got soaked in petrol, and they didn't care in the slightest that everything was ruined. There are other companies - go with them instead!
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Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

Wow, it´s a long trip, and your stay there may only last two hours or less, but it´s worth it! the landscape and the pictogramas are impressive. You do have to walk 5-10 min to see them and pass a lot of stairs!

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

Very intersting site unesco of ancient paintings. Very good to visit for everybody incl elder people. The walk is almost flat and not difficult. It is warm. Watch the hand with 6 fingers.

Date of experience: February 2016
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