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Grotte du Pech-Merle
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Pech Merle Cave and Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Visit from Sarlat
Ranked #1 of 2 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 August 4, 2013

I have seen the pictures of the cave paintings with hands and spotted horses - this is the Grottes de Peche Merle. A fantastic place and worth the visit

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to the grottos with our two young kids. We pre-booked an English guided tour several days in advance online (you don't actually pay online, but simply reserve your spot and have to arrive in time to pay on the day or they'll give your spot away). Being 35C summer day, it was a pleasant relief from the heat - a light jumper is sufficient and it wasn't wet underfoot at all. In fact, the pathways are mostly smooth concrete and quite wide. There are several short flights of stairs (pretty spaced out and easy relative to Gouffre de Padirac) so prams have to be left behind - bring your baby carrier. The schedule was on time and the tour lasted an hour. In addition to the pre-historic artwork, there are plenty of stalactites et al and other rare formations. If its holiday season, then definitely pre-book because numbers are limited each day. The family in the queue in front of me turned up without a booking and the next available tour was at the end of the day meaning hours of waiting. When we were departing, they had put up a sign saying all tours were full for the day. Guided tours in english are limited and snapped up - there were none available for the following week after ours for example. Kids under 5 are free as is parking. There were nappy changing facilities and shady spots for a picnic.

4  Thank Fionainparis
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

What can one say about cave paintings that are 25,000 years old? To stand within a couple of feet of these amazing paintings is incredible. The most famous images are the spotted horses, but for me it was the hands that were even more amazing. The painter sprayed the paint while holding his or her hand against the wall and you feel as though the hand is reaching out to you through the millennia. Experts are able to date the paintings pretty accurately as some of the colours had carbon mixed in them. And unlike the caves at Lascaux, where you are no longer able to visit the originals because of the damage caused by too many visitors breathing on them, the paintings at Peche Merle are the actual ones created by our ancestors all those millennia ago.

Thank GirdleTheEarth
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

On a boiling hot day, the perfect place to be - but take a jumper or cardigan! Only 13 degrees c below ground. Tour in French but with an excellent English print out in large font so it was easy to read in the dim light. Allow 1 hour with museum as well. Quite a lot of steps so not suitable for the elderly or very young children. Fascinating place with some impressive cave paintings. Good museum explaining the history with lots of prehistoric finds. Well worth it - my husband indifferent to the idea beforehand but he really enjoyed the visit.

2  Thank Geri711
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

a cave with a lot of visits during the day, some in English. Beautiful cave, 50 minute tour, tour too short for long questions and long explanations.

Thank livebiker
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