Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas

UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationPatagonia Region, Santa Cruz Province
CoordinatesS47 8 60 W70 40 0
Inscription Date1999
Property (ha)600
Buffer Zone (ha)2,331
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
Unesco Reference Number936
DescriptionThe Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas, contains an exceptional assemblage of cave art, executed between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. It takes its name (Cave of the Hands) from the stencilled outlines of human hands in the cave, but there are also many depictions of animals, such as guanacos ( ), still commonly found in the region, as well as hunting scenes. The people responsible for the paintings may have been the ancestors of the historic hunter-gatherer communities of Patagonia found by European settlers in the 19th century.
StatusWorld Heritage Site