Footsteps Of A Tree

Cueva de las Manos

On our way along Ruta 40 north of Bajo Caracoles (great name) we called into see the millenniums old Cueva de las Manos. An intriguing spectacle of art produced over centuries by the indigenous peoples of these lands. Using pigments taken from the rocks of the surrounding valleys, a colour powder was mixed and blown over hands of the tribe to give permanent and somewhat haunting inscription of their existence.

Cueva de las Manos

Cueva de las Manos

Viewing this galley formed over tens of thousands of years, I came away thinking if the human race worked out how to paint like this so long ago, surely now with all the technology at our disposal we could be doing much more interesting stuff than we are? Pound coins seem to be in the way of genuine progress these days.
Cueva de las Manos

Cueva de las Manos

Should we have put a man on Mars by now, yes. Should we have a viable alternative to fossil fuels, definitely. Should we have worked out how to sustainably feed the world, I would have thought so. The ancient peoples of Patagonia didn’t have the political and financial constraints of our age. They just found a way and got on with it – I’d love to see us doing the same now. Ok rant over! Enjoy the photos!


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