Grotte de Rouffignac, Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac

4.2
#2 of 22 in Nature in Dordogne
Must see · Cave · Nature / Park
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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  • We arrived there around 9.20 to find already a big queue. Could only get a place for 11:30, so I strongly recommend to get there early. That being said, the cave is gorgeous and I totally understand.....  more »
  • What and extrordinary window to the past. Many of the other caves in the area are currently closed, and this one offers a unique experience of travelling 1KM into the system by electric train. Cool....  more »
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  • 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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