Cuevas de las manos, Rio pinturas Unesco World Heritage site

The Cave of the Hands, Rio Pinturas, contains an exceptional assemblage of cave art, executed between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. It takes its name from the stencilled outlines of human hands in the cave, but there are also many depictions of animals, such as guanacos (Lama guanicoe), still commonly found in the region, as well as hunting scenes . The people responsible for the paintings may have been the ancestors of the historic hunter-gatherer communities of Patagonia found by European settlers in the 19th century.

It takes its name from the stencilled outlines of human hands in the cave, but there are also many depictions of animals, such as guanacos (Lama guanicoe), still commonly found in the region, as well as hunting scenes That depict animals and human figures interacting in a dynamic and naturalistic manner. The entrance to the Cave is screened by a rock wall covered by many hand stencils. Within the rock shelter itself there are five concentrations of rock art, later figures and motifs often superimposed upon those from earlier periods. The paintings were executed with natural mineral pigments - iron oxides (red and purple), kaolin (white), and natrojarosite (yellow), manganese oxide (black) - ground and mixed with some form of binder.

What if the site is neglected?Why take of it?

In 1997 the management plan was presented for the global administration of the site. It proposed many specific actions that had been carried out along the last 10 years of management: local permanent custody, visitor management strategies and an interpretation center at the reception are. Additionally , assessment of the state of conservation of the site and natural deterioration are performed, along with geomorphologic and geotechnical studies of the area and rock art conservation surveys.

How to visit? When​ ​arriving​ ​to​ ​Perito​ ​Moreno,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​necessary​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​the​ ​south​ ​by​ ​the​ ​paved​ ​National Route​ ​Nº40.​ ​From​ ​there​ ​it​ ​is​ ​necessary​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​until​ ​a​ ​diversion​ ​that​ ​joins​ ​with​ ​the​ ​provincial route​ ​Nº​ ​97​ ​to​ ​only​ ​two​ ​kilometers​ ​and​ ​Bajo​ ​Caracoles,​ ​where​ ​it​ ​is​ ​possible​ ​to​ ​load​ ​fuel. By​ ​route​ ​97,​ ​after​ ​38​ ​km​ ​of​ ​rubble​ ​is​ ​the​ ​access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​site​ ​and​ ​the​ ​interpretation​ ​center​ ​Cueva​ ​de las​ ​Manos.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​advisable​ ​to​ ​make​ ​the​ ​road​ ​slow​ ​by​ ​the​ ​variable​ ​road​ ​conditions.​ ​In​ ​addition,​ ​the landscape​ ​invites​ ​you​ ​to​ ​take​ ​photos​ ​with​ ​recurring​ ​appearances​ ​of​ ​hills​ ​of​ ​red,​ ​yellow,​ ​green, orange​ ​and​ ​blue​ ​colors.

The cave of the hands in river paintings is visited by its magnificent designs that have the form of hands is very ancient and they protect it very close to the caves of the hands there are many types of animals, they have been more than ten years of being showing the caves of hands.

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Diana Romero Carrasco
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