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Grotte du Pech-Merle, Cabrerets

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Cave Historic Site
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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  • We loved Pech Merle. We had booked the English tour a few weeks in advance on line. Our guide spoke good English and explained everything very well. She was enthusiastic and was able to answer any que...  more »
  • 30000 year old cave paintings accompanied by fine video explain prehistoric culture. Rare opportunity to see this but you must have tickets ahead of time. Do not go without them. Use internet  more »
  • Visiting friends a little road for us but it was worth. A small flat still on the unique system of booking over the internet because many people show up on the site and it's full... Otherwise borders on black bear cave and prehistoric drawings are superb, and despite restrictions we can still approach them loan. To do!
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