Cueva de las Manos to Estancia La Angastura
Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
162Trip End Dec 18, 2011
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Estancia La Angastura
The caves themselves are really cool. It has the name Cueva de las Manos (cave of the hands) because alongside some other paintings the vast majority of the paintings are outlines of people's hands. They used straw like tools to blow paint over their hands and create the paintings you will see in the pictures. Different to other rock paintings from 8000 years ago it felt really amazing to think some humans from that long ago actually put their hand there and their hand looked like that! Some sections look really cool with loads of hands interspersed with paintings of guanaco.
On the way back we took in more scenery and wildlife and then made lunch at the estancia before moving onto our next location. Basically from here we knew it would be 2 days of driving to get to El Chalten but we weren’t 100% sure where we would stay. The natural mid-point is a town called Gobernador Gregores where we could also get petrol, however staying in a town didn’t seem so interesting so at the risk of running out of petrol we took the old Ruta 40 to a tourist estancia marked on our map. We knew this could waste a whole load of time given that the 2 estancias we tried the day before were shut, but why not?! Luckily it was open and because of the extremely high cost (which we’re still not too sure how the estancias get away with) we took a camping spot….but did decide to have an expensive dinner cooked for us. So glad we did. Three huge courses of amazing food, especially the main course which was a stew of lamb and the best vegetables we’ve eaten in a long long time!