At first glance, they look modern don’t they? As though someone got a can of spray paint and directed it towards they hand to make a silhouette? That’s what I thought anyway but these cave paitings are actually thousands odf years old – between 9000 and 13000 years. Wow.

the caves, the cuevas, are set in spectacular scenery  and very much off the beaten track in a remote area of the Province of Santa Cruz. As you can see from the video below, tours are guided and visiots need to be aware of the dangers – hard hats are required. 

Just look at this photograph of the approach to the cave.

How did the people of the time create the sprayed effect? Quite simply, it was sprayed. Using thin bones, they creates hollow pipes and blew the paint through them, like the rudimentary mouth atomisers we used to use in artwork back in the old days.

There aren’t just the hands artwork – there are also cave paintings of people and animals.

See too the video below.


How to Find the Cueva de las Manos

Cueva de las Manos

Santa Cruz Province,




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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