Walichu Caves, El Calafate

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Cave Historic Site
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. Make Walichu Caves part of your personalized El Calafate itinerary using our El Calafate tour planner.
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  • I did the trip in June, in the afternoon/night shift. It was very good, we only did the part of original paintings, the guides explain a lot about the culture of the people who lived there, and about the cave paintings. Then we serve a dinner very good inside a "cave" (not deep). Go well wrapped up if the route in winter. I really enjoyed the ride, surprised me and recommend as a different attraction in El Calafate.
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  • something you got to know. They are not replicas, originals. u travel I dont really interesting. I recommend
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  • The graves of Walichu are a bit away from the Centre of El Cafalate. It is a walk for those who enjoy anthropological mysteries and rock art, although not all the paintings are originals. Worth the visit for photographs with a good angle of Lake Argentino. Go well wrapped up.
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