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One of the most extensive underground cave systems in the area, Grotte de Rouffignac spans about 8 km (5 mi). Some of its 250 etchings and drawings date back more than 15,000 years. Reach the cave via a train system that takes you about 1.6 km (1 mi) into its depths. This guided tour covers the cave's history and former inhabitants. Only 550 people are allowed into the cave each day, so plan accordingly. Add Grotte de Rouffignac to your Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac trip builder tool.
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Grotte de Rouffignac reviews
We visited this cave with the original small train from the 50’s. There are not that many engravings and drawings to see and the cave itself has little to offer. Although it is a cave with three... more »
This place is all about drawings, the caves themselves being fairly unexceptional. Add a little electric train journey and you have a great family outing. The cave is cool so would be brilliant on..... more »
This is an impressive natural tunnel long enough to require a mining train to transport visitors. Some pictures are engravings, not charcoal -, ochre -, and similar drawings like those in better known caves, and there are line drawings. It has been claimed there are Elasmotherium images in the cave, however no Elasmotherium fossils younger than 49000 years ( 49 ky, the limit of 14C-radiocarbon dating) have been found to date. Perhaps unicorn myths originate with the Neandertals or Denisovans? They have to watch closely over this amazing piece of mankind´s heritage which had survived many millennia. Perhaps a careful briefing of the visitors is called for before entering the cave (even if this seems schoolmasterly to most people).
Really enjoyed. Best trip in the caves we had
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