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Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands)

These prehistoric settlements, thanks to unique cultural elements, have turned Cueva de las Manos into an amazing spot!


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It was found by accident in 1941, a unique cave which was named Cueva de las Manos or "Cave of the Hands." It was found by a monk in one of the gorges of the local Pinturas River. He even couldn't imagine that this spot will become the main ancient site of Argentina!

These ancient wall paintings belong to the period from 7000 to 1000 BC. Among the numerous drawings, you can find images of animals, human figures, hunting scenes, and the most amazing feature more than 800 handprints in full size.

Researchers believe that each new tribe brought here something of its own and that most prints belong to female hands. All these paintings and murals are considered the most ancient traces of human presence in South America. It is necessary to mention colour. Ancient artists used natural mineral pigments to obtain shades of black, white, yellow, purple, and red. The cave is hidden from the eyes of the man in the deep canyon of the Pinturas River.

Due to the temperate climate, the cave may be visited year-round. All the same, some treks around the area may be inaccessible. Therefore, September to February is recommended as the most attractive season. Summer (December–February) is the peak time, so prepare to see crowds. Spring (September–November) is cooler and less crowded, so you'll have to take a private guide. Even though the tourists are fewer, because of seasonal operation of local hotels, it might be difficult to find accommodations.

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