Cave of the Hands

Cave of the Hands, Perito Moreno: Hours, Address, Cave of the Hands Reviews: 4.5/5

Cave of the Hands
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
09:00 - 19:00
Monday
09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 19:00
Thursday
09:00 - 19:00
Friday
09:00 - 19:00
Saturday
09:00 - 19:00
Sunday
09:00 - 19:00
The area
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a h
Australia1,437 contributions
Nice history
Mar 2020 • Business
If you in the area than a trip to this cave is a good idea that we recommend. Good to see the history.
Written 2 May 2020
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Albertnlsa
Noordwijk, The Netherlands65 contributions
a drive to get there, but drive it and you will know why
Dec 2019
intressting site, well educated staff, also friendly and funny! the hands, grots tell the story from people who lived here. intresting and special. besides that the gorge is a spectaculair viewing as well.
go early because of good light on hands and valley
Written 4 January 2020
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DAN
Sudbury, Canada156 contributions
Good, interesting somewhat. Cultural
Dec 2018 • Couples
A part of a group we had camped at less than half an hour away. This is a cultural tour set in a beautiful canyon. The tour leader was very hard to understand and presentation of the site while fenced of for historical reasons could be enhanced with more display boards. Make sure once the tour is completed to continue walking to the end to an observation point. Beautiful view. The site is a UNESCO heritage site.
Written 29 December 2018
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Nicolás C
London, UK6 contributions
Go if you don't have any other plans
Nov 2018 • Friends
Great to see they are preserving indigenous paintings but not much to see. There is an audioguide that doesn't explain anything about the paintings. The last 10 min of it (out of 50min) are worth it as they tell you about the Teuelche communities and how they lived.
Written 23 November 2018
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globoplaza
San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina61 contributions
Revisiting to the past in Patagonia
Jan 2018 • Solo
"Cueva de las Manos" takes you back in time to a moment in history when aboriginal tribes devoted their time and effort to illustrate their daily lives, their rituals and beliefs on the walls of the gorge. It is certainly a very interesting visit, not only for the cultural aspect of it, but also due to the impressive landscape where the paintings are displayed.
Totally worth visiting!
Written 25 January 2018
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD6,983 contributions
Scenic canyon with 7200 BC cave paintings.
Jan 2018 • Couples
Chalten Travel arranged this 1 day tour($125 for 2). Our hotel pick up was at 10 AM, joining 9 others for an 9 hour tour by Zoyen Turismo, located across from Hotel Belgrano. At the office, we all confirmed the tour payment and the National Park Entrance(200Ag cash for each of us) before departing 60 km south to Hosteria "cueva De Las Manos" (estancia Turistica). Nothing much here but a half hour wait to collect the box lunches, photo a herd of guanaco, see a couple distant Rhea, and for the others to take a guided 45 minute gully walk (minerals and plants), while we conserved our energy from the cold by staying in the Ford Truck with the driver.
Finally departing south for 60 km (pavement and piste), we a took a 1km trail to an overlook, where the youthful members descended on a 90 minute guided 5km hike to meet up at the National Park Office/Entrance at 3PM. We descended by truck, arriving there at 2PM. We used the restroom, took Pintura Valley photos, and ate our box lunch. When the others did not arrive by 3PM, we older adults met with the Park Staff, donned the required helmets, and began our guided tour with the Parks, bilingual guide and up to 20 tourists.
The 5* tour begins with the 1.5km descent along the rock wall(hanging over 260’ off the river below).
The stony/rocky trail is bordered with a sturdy pine tree rail but safe for adults only as youngsters would easily slip through. The guide stopped at all the necessary rock paintings with detailed explanations and taking questions. The wide tree covered canyon is truly photogenic at this time of day, and the sunlight is lighting up the painted features, all in all a wonderful scenic spot in Santa Cruz and a top UNESCO site.
We returned back uphill into the cold wind for 1.5km, then waited in the park building until we all meet up at 5:30PM for the 100 minute return to Perito Moreno, getting back at our Hotel Kelman at 7:10PM.
In conclusion, the high point is all about the National Park and very little to say positive about Zoyen Tours, basically wasting 3 hours of our time.
Written 13 January 2018
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wellnessvb
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Cave of the hands, and its surrounds well worth the time
Feb 2017 • Solo
My visit to the Cave of the hands was one highlight of my time in Argentina. I stopped over only one day in Perito Moreno, and booked a tour with Zoyen Tourismo. My drive through this dry, spectacular land with its guanacos and ostriches, then trek through the Pinturas river canyon to reach the Cueva de las manos was wonderful.

At the Caves themselves you have English or Spanish speaking tours, with motivated guides who want to convey the wonder of the rock art and history of the place/people.

Claudio of Zoyen Tourismo (who speaks good English as well as his native Spanish) also organised my accomodation and assisted with transport - I recommend his agency. Looking at all the other possibilities of places to visit around Perito Moreno and Los Antiguos, in retrospect, I would spend more time in this unique part of the world.
Written 9 March 2017
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Konstantin Chernavin
Moscow, Russia142 contributions
The main reason to visit Patagonia by Ruta 40.
Dec 2016 • Family
We specially arrive to Argentina from Chile for visit the Cueva de Los Manos. After few kilometers or miles Ruta 40 looks very boring. Only rare ostrich and owners of these places guanaco diversify impressions. But once it leaves on unpaved road the picture change very fast. You need cross first a sharp descent and steep ascent through canyonBe careful, if this pampa isn't your native place, specially on a small car. Horse or hike along the canyon looks better options for person whom don't like adrenalin drive.
Guided tours along the cave start every half on hour every season. We have been on Christmas, December 25. Guides cocked a lamb for themselves, but didn't stop sight visits. Young lady asked us what language we prefer for excursion. We accept Spanish, but time to time asked her in English. If you don't like listen, just look and read. But, at least it's not boring. You can look difference between artists of different eras. Without guide you can not pay so attention to details. Like for me it was very interesting to know how ancient hunter pounded and hit guanaco. All very informative and gently. One of the place "must see" in South America. In addition very scenic view to the Canyon. We had a nice lunch at the bottom of it on a back way.
Written 8 February 2017
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Jill M
Christchurch, New Zealand25 contributions
Remote but so worth the effort!
Dec 2016 • Family
We visited the Cueva de Los Manos with Zoyen Travel (based in Perito Moreno town). The scenery is spectacular, especially if you walk to the caves via the canyon and gorge. This takes about an hour and a half.
Our guide at the caves spoke very limited English but she tried so hard to communicate with us and there is a good information room with English displays.
It was a welcome stop over point for us travelling between Bariloche and El Chalten and the scenery and history made it very worthwhile.
Written 9 January 2017
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Tom S
Kansas City, KS25 contributions
Fascinating and well done
Nov 2016 • Friends
The "cave" is really a series of overhangs that protect the art below. The paintings cover several thousand years of migration through the valley and they have identified three different periods: 7,000 to 5,000 years ago; 5,000 to 3,500 years ago and: 3,500 to 1,000 years ago. The park is a bit off the road and the road is all dirt with deep gravel in some spots but worth the trip out to see it.
Written 8 December 2016
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