Walichu Caves, El Calafate

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Mesmerizing paintings remain the biggest highlight of Walichu Caves, where early indigenous peoples left messages for later generations. The paintings vary between red, black, white, yellow, and ocher hues and depict ancient tribes and their way of life. Many different methods were used to create these images, including finger dragging, finger pressure, and the use of tufts of hair and hollow bones. After observing the paintings, enjoy the surrounding scenery. For Walichu Caves and beyond, use our El Calafate trip itinerary planning website to get the most from your El Calafate vacation.
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  • October 4, 2017
    We know Punta Walichu through excursion "Native Experience", the Patagonia Chic. Internet booking was easy, they send the voucher by email. The Guide, super nice, arrived to pick us up at the hotel on time. On the way to the property, was explaining various facts about El Calafate, Patagonia, the natives and detailing what it would be like the ride. The first stop is worth the excursion, we have a panoramic view of Lake Argentino and its icebergs, of the Andes and, as we tour the end of the day we saw a spectacular sunset! It is important to go well wrapped up, because the Patagonian winds can get cold enough. It is also interesting to take water, sunglasses, then a brief stop in the only bathroom available, and we're going to the "cuevas", are not exactly deep caves, but shelters formed by erosion in the rocks, where evidence of indigenous occupation for more than 4,500 years. The visit is well detailed in explanation, we saw rock paintings (apagadinhas), we learned a lot about the way of life of the Tehuelches. Finally, we drove up the small cave (with heaters) where he was served dinner, which was delicious. Pumpkin soup, lamb stew input inside of bread and chocolate mousse for dessert, all accompanied by wine, with a stunning view of Patagonia. Already at night, they let us back to the hotel, and was a great farewell of our experience in El Calafate.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Half day excursion, with the ascent to Punta Walichu. During the trip the guide tells you the history of the indigenous people, and once there, they explain how they lived, as they buried them, and teach you the paintings that can still be seen. It is a pity that not given more hype to this kind of excursions.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Very interesting excursion, spectacular view. Delicious lunch in a cave of stone, highly recommended
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