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Cueva de las Manos

Practical information on Cueva de las Manos

  • Mountain
  • Archaeological Site
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
395km drive from Comodoro Rivadavia
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Cueva de las Manos

Caroline Gourmaud Seasoned Traveller
221 written opinions

Situated in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentinian Patagonia, La Cueva de las Manos is home to some incredible cave art.

My suggestion:
If you go at the beginning of February, you'll be able to see the Cueva de las Manos Festival.
My review

The Cueva de las Manos, AKA Cave of Hands, is an impressive archaeological site in the Santa Cruz Province (the same province as the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Rio Pinturas Canyon.

At over 10,000 years old, the paintings depict hands, guanacos, wild beasts, human forms and geometric shapes. The paints were made by mixing natural sediments with blood, urine and water. Archaeologists believe that the caves were painted by different groups of hunters over a period of time. 

I loved this archaeological site and was taken aback by the precision of these ancient images, particularly the hands. The hunting scenes are numerous and give an insight into the daily life of the cave's inhabitants. You really shouldn't miss out a visit to Cueva de las Manos , not only for its artistic and historical significance but also for its remarkably well preserved condition. Indeed it's a classified UNESCO World Heritage Site. An historical attraction that never loses its interest!

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