Las Cuevas de las Manos (Cave of Hands)

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There are hundreds of stenciled handprints in the caves.
There also a number of hunting scenes. Joanbanjo/CC BY-SA 3.0
The most common prey of the early hunters was the guanaco, a type of llama. David/CC BY 2.0
The caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Carlos Zita/CC BY-SA 3.0
A number of animals are depicted on the walls of the caves. Lisa Weichel/CC BY 2.0
The caves are situated near the Pinturas river in Argentina. Lisa Weichel/CC BY 2.0

Las Cueva de las Manos is tucked in the valley of the Pinturas River, in an isolated spot of the Argentine Patagonia, accessible via long gravel dirt roads. The trip can be rough, but is undoubtably worth it: It leads you to some of the earliest known forms of human art, dating back roughly 10,000 years.

The prehistoric…

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