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“If you're looking for a good bike ride with beautiful sights” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Walichu Caves

Walichu Caves
El Calafate, Argentina
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Ranked #29 of 34 things to do in El Calafate
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Owner description: The paintings on the rock walls of this cave are attributed to aborigines during the Paleolithic age, and have been restored where needed using the same ancient techniques.
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“If you're looking for a good bike ride with beautiful sights”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

My gf and I decided we would rent mountain bikes and bike around town for the day. The ride to walichu caves was not too long, the worst part was riding up the hill to get out of town, the caves themselves were nothing special, neat recreations. However the sights of the mountains and the lake were some of the most picturesque you will see. This bike ride was worth it if not only for the views by the lake shore.

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“Don't miss the sign!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

The sign does not say "caves" on it!! It makes no mention of the caves, and if you do not know that you are going to Walichu, you will get lost. We did. The sign says Walichu on it, so if you know to look for that, you will find the path to the caves.

Not sure if the caves are legitimate or not, but it is a fun excursion from the city. Rent a bike and spend about half a day on the trip to, at, and from the caves. If you don't get lost, you will have a good time.

Visited January 2012
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“An interesting spot to go check”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

The view of the lake is astonishing. Paintings are not original but still allow you to mentally recreate the imagine of what they used to be.

Visited March 2011
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Fake”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

Every local person know that this place is fake.

The paintings are not from past times...
the owner of the place paint the figures itself.

That´s the words of the El Calafate Natives.

Visited April 2011
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2010

On the way to the airport (don't miss the sign at the entrance of a dirt road shortly after the police control station), Punta Walichu sits on the shore of the Lago Argentino. A small house contains a few pictures and artifacts and marks the entrance (50 pesos) of the site. There the ranger serves tea/coffee and snacks. Guided visits are only 4 times a day (10:30, 2pm, 4pm, 5:30pm), but if, like us, you come in between, the ranger will likely let you walk around by yourselves. The visit takes about 30 minutes and consists of a walk along large rock formations with a few natural shelters (not really caves) where hunter and gathers once took refuge and left rock paintings. The paintings in the first portion of the park are reproductions of other rock paintings in the region. The paintings in the second part are authentic. Overall not an absolute must see but a nice place to visit for the natural beauty of the surrounding.

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