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Grotte du Pech-Merle

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Address: Cabrerets, 46330 Cabrerets, France
Phone Number: 05 65 31 27 05
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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.

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a 'must see' - original prehistoric art

Go before it is too late and they present you with facsimilies! There is something really special about seeing the original artwork, footprints, and other traces of a people who... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lacam-d'Ourcet, France
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Lacam-d'Ourcet, France
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Go before it is too late and they present you with facsimilies! There is something really special about seeing the original artwork, footprints, and other traces of a people who preceeded us by nearly 30,000 years! The guide took his time to explain things, and the tour did not have the 'rushed' feeling you might encounter elsewhere. We will certainly... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To tell the truth, I didn't know whether I'd be that interested in prehistoric cave drawings... wow, was I wrong. This site is truly wonderful. The cave is amazing in itself, but the art is awe inspiring. When we got to the piece de resistance at the end, the spotted horses, there was an audible gasp from the group. So... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding prehistoric cave system open to the public in the Lot region of France. Better than Lascaux because this is real - not a mock-up and you are guided through a couple of sections of the cave. You won't see everything, some veins are closed to the public. But what you do see covers a good spectrum of what has... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a world class cave with prehistoric cave paintings, one of the few where you can actually see the actual paintings and not reproductions. The visits are limited in number and time to not damage paintings and the guides are excellent. They do visits in English and other languages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hard to beat this for a fascinating venture. Cave drawings made before the US was even inhabited. Contact web site to make sure you get an English speaking guide. There are several. The only down side is no pohotos to show your friends back home.

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had sort of assumed that these days it would be very difficult to get up close to cave drawings, such as has happened with Stonehenge etc., but when gazing at the Michelin map I saw this marked and decided to visit. We booked on line but off season others seem to just turn up although by the time we... More 

Thank Chris_NYorks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

During our trip we visited some other prehistoric grottes, but I have to say that this was the most impressive. Contrary to for example Lascaux this grot is the real thing. It is here that the cavepeople made these drawings thousands of years ago. Because of this, the number of visitors each day is limited. Next to the drawings, also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Pech Merle is breath-taking. We had seen fantastic animal paintings elsewhere (see my review of Font-de-Gaume) but the thought of a person standing there 27,000 years ago and making a stencil of their hand was truly incredible and moving. I imagine that at some point this cave will be closed to the public so it was a privilege to be... More 

Thank JAN222
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

If you are even slightly intrigued by pre-historic cave art, visiting this cave site is well worth the time. We visited several caves in the Lot and Dordogne valleys and Pech Merle was one of our favorites. The cave itself is large and impressive with many mineral formations. The paintings found there are among the most stunning of all that... More 

Thank LynnMSP
Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

My wife had long wanted to see the cave paintings of the Mid Pyrenees, and originally we were going to Lascaux but through Trip Adviser we learned of being able to see originals at Pech-Merle. Thus we went and we marvelled at what must be one of the world's and history's greatest location. We booked a tour for English speakers... More 

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