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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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  • these caves are 'natural' that is real, not reproduction. The number of entry per day is limited. This cave is worth a detour
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  • It is very touching to walk in the footsteps of our very distant ancestors. A must see. It is very well organized and a museum can deepen the guide's explanation, before and after the visit.
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  • Without doubt the most exciting cave when it comes to browse cavities adorned by men of the Upper Paleolithic. The ability to "see" the original carrier is a remarkable and exceptional rarity. See, to live for prehistoric art for Karst concretions.
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  • Interesting history. Make sure you book beforehand as it gets incredibly busy and they have a strict quota for numbers. They do try to cater for tourists, although the tour was entirely in French, and the guidebook seemed lacking compared with the length of each presentation. Also take warm clothing, even in the height of summer, as it is rather cold in the caves. Photography of any kind is not allowed.
  • Very well done. Cave tours highlighting the history and showing the paintings from the cave dwellers. Tour takes an hour, dress warmly.
  • The cave of Pech Merle is a spectacular prehistoric site, where ancient cave paintings can be visited in a spectacular environment that would be worth visiting in itself. Make sure you wear warm clothing as the caves are cold!
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  • It was well worth it to see the real thing.