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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. 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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  • If you're anywhere in the area Grotte du Tech Merle is worth the trip to experience. There may not be anywhere else in the world that you can personally experience pre-historic art in it's original.....  more
    If you're anywhere in the area Grotte du Tech Merle is worth the trip to experience. There may not be anywhere else in the world that you can personally experience pre-historic art in it's original.....  more »
  • Pech Merle's galleries of stalagtites and stalagmites were created millions of years ago. Roughly 20,000 years ago people entered and added line drawings of animals and a man, as well as blowing... 
    Pech Merle's galleries of stalagtites and stalagmites were created millions of years ago. Roughly 20,000 years ago people entered and added line drawings of animals and a man, as well as blowing...  more »
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  • Best cave.... better than lascaux
  • Very professional and technical astonishing guided tour. One person in the group also translated all into english via a seperate set of headphones, which made the tour that much more rewarding. Incredible things down there. Can mention a approx 300 year old root which extends all the way from the forest floor, hanging in mid air through the cave down to the bottom of the cave.--During a drougt all the treas in the area turned yellow, but the tree from that root stayed moist and green. Can also mention a footprint in a mudpool which due to the last iceage about 12000years ago now is found petrified in the now "mudoool of stone". Incredible things. Good ticet prices and there is also a mech store to buy books and posters.

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