Grotte du Pech-Merle, Cabrerets

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#2 of 119 in Nature in Occitanie
At Grotte du Pech-Merle, one of the few of Upper Paleolithic caves in France still open to the public, view children's footprints preserved in what was once clay, over 0.8 km (0.5 mi) underground. Amidst the stalagmites, stalactites, and other natural formations, view iconic cave paintings of spotted horses and woolly mammoths. Red handprints reach out to you from prehistoric times. Plexiglas protects the paintings and prints, but you can still come within inches of these remnants of the Gravettian culture, which was in existence around 25,000 BCE. English tours must be booked in advance, and slots fill up quickly. The drive to get here is long, on steep, one-lane country roads. Take a look at our Cabrerets trip itinerary planning tool to schedule your visit to Grotte du Pech-Merle and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A pleasant surprise, a guide answering the questions, an atypical scene... in short a nice time for small and large!
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  • very beautiful cave to visit it is best to book a full season because the number of visitors is limited and more booking offers a schedule of passage guides are friendly and like to discover this attention cave temperature is cool but nice in times of hot weather as in July and August to bring even a small wool for the visit
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  • What emotion in this cave that has shaped the nature and where the man came to ask his mark there are 30 thousand years. It's hard to believe. I was amazed, to see, really.
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