Walichu Caves
Walichu Caves
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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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Global763825
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
From the few pictures that were previously posted and the description I believed we were going into a cave with petroglyph paintings, and I knew the entire tour would take about 1 hr. Well, it’s all outdoors looking at some very subject- to- interpretation drawing on the rock face. Then we were herded to the refreshments concession where there is overpriced water and coffee available. It would have been a good way to pass 2 hours except it cost approximately $20 US and I just think that was a bit high for the short ride and walk about. All that said, it was nice to have something to fill a couple of hrs after having done the glacier yesterday. It’s a last resort activity on the banks of the lake
Written November 4, 2022
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maerev
Jersey City, NJ29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
Written December 18, 2010
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Thorsten G
Neu-Isenburg, Germany1,671 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
The caves itself are soso. Price of 120 Peso for entrance is somewhat hefty. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The best about the place are the spectacular views towards the Andes, glaciers and the lake.

Do not pay 50 USD plus to do a tour there. Just do it if you have a car and drive 15mins from Calafate and you have some spare time.
Written November 25, 2016
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60adventurer
etown33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
We drove to the caves on a gravel dirt road and after meeting the non English speaking guide who asked for about $10 USD we left. I asked for a written English guide and she had none. She stated in Spanish that there were about 10 paintings which were mostly replicates.
Written December 21, 2013
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ddtpz
Barcelona, Spain80 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I can be more honest, my tittle says it all.
3/4 of what you will see are paintings done recently that had been copied there.
So if you ask me if you should expend €70 and a morning to visit it with a tour.. Mu answer is not at all...
Written January 19, 2015
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Guilherme B
Sao Paulo, SP40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Couples
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.
Written November 9, 2011
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catedratico02
Palm Beach, FL172 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
I would not recommend going here, there is not much to see and the art is not real, they sell you this package as it is a nice trip but I was there and find nothing atractive, fortunatelly got the chance to see what this was all about without paying any fee since I had a rented vehicle and once we got there noticed it was not what they promote on the excursion. Caves a very poor and not really what we call here in America Caves.
Written June 26, 2019
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PhotoRAMBLER5
Zurich, Switzerland229 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
I drove out to the cave property - it is about 4 km out of El Calafate and you will see the sign on your left on the main road. It is then another 4 km to the Walichu point. After driving out there, the property was closed, but judging by the cmments of other reviewers, I saved myself further time and cost.
Written January 1, 2016
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Ashish_Negi17
Pune, India1,238 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Walichu caves is one of the famous and must visit place in Elcalafate, its near Lake and very intresting whol loves historical knowledge, they give you mp3 player with headphones so that you can listen history of each and every point. Its awesome and after that you can spend sometime near lake
Written January 2, 2020
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Mark
Cape Town Central, South Africa34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We popped in to visit on a whim; I felt at 800 pesos per adult it was a bit steep. They give you a headset with a narrative but you tend to walk a bit faster than the information which throws you out a bit! The rock art is quite faded but parts of it are interesting- particularly the hand ‘negatives’ or outlines. Overall not bad and 45 minutes is enough. Fantastic views over lake Argentino.
Written December 14, 2019
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