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Grotte du Pech-Merle, Cabrerets

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Cabrerets attractions like Grotte du Pech-Merle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Visit this day at 2 p.m. and for the second time regarding me alas today, the young guide n was not at all up to par. Unable to answer the most basic questions, she begs, not of explanations, no, nor on the parietal art, nor about the geology of this beautiful cave. S role is limited to show the outline of the drawings of cro magnon, as she said, to the laser pointer. Disappointed.
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  • Nice has a dive well guided underground and good explanations, see by imagining the first artists draw on the rock
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  • It is a historic and fragile testimony that we have here! A high place essential and authentic! The tour led us to the origins of our history through Thierry our guide for a day. Memories we will stay at the top of this exceptionally well-preserved jewel.
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