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“A cave worth seeing”

Grotte du Pech-Merle
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Pech Merle Cave and Saint Cirq Lapopie Village...
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Cabrerets
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
Reviewed October 21, 2012

If your in the vicinity of Cahors then a visit to Pech Merle is well worth while.
It has cave paintings thousands of years old. Note that they limited the number of visitors each day. Each group has a maximum of 25 and they run 4 or 5 tours a day so if your travelling in the peak season it may be worth contacting them before you travel to the site. We went in October and had no trouble booking in, though we did have to wait nearly 2 hours for the next tour. This was no problem as we went into the nearby town of Cabrerets for lunch.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

The website is well done, in English and simple to book. We were less than a week out so took a punt that it would be OK in off season and emailed directly. The staff were very pleasant. The movie before you enter the cave is very good and has English subtitles. The museum is so so but I not say that because of lack of translation. The guided tour was in French but we knew that. We were given a simple guide in English and most importantly, when our guide was showing us details of the paintings, we knew what he was talking about. There were more paintings than we had anticipated which was great and we were impressed with the care that the guide took to ensure each person of the group had a good view of each point of interest.

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Do visit these caves. They are the genuine article...a mixture of beautiful caves and ancient rock drawings... and the guided tour was excellent. You have to book a week in advance in high season, and this is easy to do..just visit their website and apply for entrance.

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Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

We arrived without reservation and went on a French tour. The guide was pleasant, cheerful and translated for us English speakers a real delight. The cave, a real cave was a marvel, the paintings, and the cave itself were wonderful, beautiful and amazing. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

First of all, it is essential to make reservations for your tour, especially in summer! To preserve the paintings, the number of visitors is limited (not as limited as Font du Gaume) but severely limited nonetheless. You can reserve a spot on a tour online, you do need to specify what day and time you would like to visit. I didn't find the website particularly user friendly or efficient (it's a government website I think, so what do you expect?) but with a little patience, it gets the job done. Basically, visitors need to request a desired time and in response will receive an email from one of the employees at the cave regarding availability. If there is room, a link for tickets/vouchers to print is provided.
As you calculate how long it will take you to get to Pech Merle, be generous. This is truly off the beaten path and the roads that lead there are tiny, with few signs until you get very close. I would recommend to print out directions beforehand. Actually, we loved our drive to Pech Merle as much as our tour itself. The countryside is gorgeous, the villages and towns so beautiful. We almost got lost once, were unsure where to turn and asked for directions in a local store and the owner, who didn't speak a word of English was extremely kind and patient with my son's school French, she even walked outside with us and pointed the way.
We had booked our tour towards the end of the day and arrived right at the appointed hour and barely made it (Although the staff seemed really nice and I think they might have let us on the only other tour following ours. There were people waiting in line to take our spots, had we not shown up, so again I recommend reservations.) The tour was mostly in French, but the docent added a few English explanations at the end of each stop for the several American tourists on the tour. They also hand all foreigners a binder with information in their language. Only problem with that, it's very hard to read in the dim light of the cave. Between our limited French and the guide's limited English, we got the general idea though. The cave itself is very impressive. All the paintings are original, not replicas. Some, like the spotted horses, are very clear to see, others more obscure. The docent helped us discover the hidden shapes with her laser pointer. There are also hand prints, foot prints and beautiful rock formations. The cave is comfortably cool, which is great on a warm summer day. Climbing up and down narrow stairs and walking on rough terrain required, not really strenuous, but not sure there is access for wheelchairs or strollers.
This attraction is worth a trip, I would recommend a visit for tourists of all ages.

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