Cueva de las Manos Provincial Park is home to the world heritage site of the same name, featuring rock art dating back more than 9 thousand years. The park, designated on land donated by Fundación Rewilding Argentina, also protects the spectacular canyon where the cave is located, with its characteristic flora and fauna.
Cueva de las Manos Provincial Park protects rock art more than 9 thousand years old that continues to be studied by archaeologists. Hunting scenes, areas with hands superimposed over thousands of years, and symbols that stimulate our imagination and transport us back in time are displayed in the site. In addition, it protects four other archaeological sites and an important section of the Pinturas river canyon, where you may spot mountain viscachas, and an area of wetlands where the populations of coypu and austral rail, which used to inhabit the place, are being restored.
There are several ways to access the Cueva de las Manos Provincial Park.
Access from National Route 40 is via Provincial Route 97. From the south it can be reached from a crossroads near Bajo Caracoles and following the gentle-sloped gravel road for 47 kilometers. If driving from the north there is an access 88 km south of Perito Moreno, and following a steep-sloped 29 km long gravel road.
A third option is to go through the Cañadón Pinturas Portal and travel 17 kilometers by vehicle to the beginning of the “Bajada de Los Toldos” trail, which leads to the Cueva de las Manos visitor center across the Pinturas River. The trail has a length of three kilometers and is rated as moderate.It is also possible to reach Cueva de las Manos through Estancia Casa de Piedra. A private 11 km road stops at the trail-head above the confluence of the Caracoles and Pinturas canyons. From there a descent and hike along the Pinturas river (6 km one-way, moderate) leads to Cueva de las Manos.Tour companies offer guided hikes through the Almendra canyon and the Caracoles canyon, as part of a daily excursion.