Cueva de las manos a unesco world heritage site

DESCRIPTION OF THE Site

The archaeological site at Río pinturas called Cueva de las manos is situated along the Patagonia Region in Santa Cruz Province. Perito Moreno, the closest village to the cave where decisions are made if there is any problem within the cave. Cueva de las manos contains an exceptional assemblage of cave art. This ancient site was executed between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. It takes the names as Cueva de las manos (Cave of the Hands) for the stencilled outlines of human hands in the cave. It also contains depictions of animals, such as guanacos (Lama guanicoe) and hunting scenes. Ancestors of the historic hunter-gatherer communities of patagonia found by Europeans settlers in the 19th century are the responsibles for the paintings inside the cave. Today, guanacos can still be found in the region where Cueva de las manos is located at. Cueva de las manos, the perfect place to trouble. Visit the archaeological site called "The Rock art" which is a natural environment. "Cueva de las manos", the beauty and preservation of the paintings. Here, you will find the magnificence of the collection of stencilled outlines of human hands and hunting scenes.

Animal depiction ancestors painted thousands of years ago

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SITE

Cueva de las manos, the only cave with painting art in Argentina. According to the mythology, archaeological investigations have shown that the site was last inhabited around AD 700 by the first Tehuelche people of Patagonia. The cave art in it with many painted rock shelters. And the river running through a deep canyon.

How Tehuelche ancestors looked thousands of year ago

WHAT IF THE SITE IS NEGLECTED? WHY TAKE CARE OF IT?

If this site is neglected or not treated as important, it probably will collapse as the time goes. Animals such as guanacos will be gone on this area. Guanacos, an animal native to South America, its high is about 1.0 to 1.2 meters and its weight is about 90 to 140 kilograms. This type of animal has a race in which is difficult to identify the differences between two guanacos. The difficulty originated with this animal is because of its fair color that looks almost the same, light brown with white underneath it.

Guanaco, the wild ancestor of domesticated alpacas

HOW TO VISIT?

Take a flight from Houston, TX all the way to the nearest village where La cueva de las manos is at, which is Perito Moreno. From Perito Moreno, Cueva de las manos (Cave of the Hands) is situated approximately 100 miles south on provincial Route 97. This leads visitors to book a roughly excursion 13 miles up the Pinturas River's canyon and from there into the cave by horseback or 4x4 jeep.

A mysterious cave to travel and find the distinguish animals in Argentina.

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Christian Lozano Vidal
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