Cueva de Gualicho

Gualicho Indian Caves - Ipunta Walichu Rupestrian Paintings

Useful Information

Location: El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Patagonia.
From the town of El Calafate, go east on the Av. Liberator San Martin. This leads to route RP11 which is paved. After 6 km, take a left hand turning. After 3 km a the car park at the side of Lago Argentino is reached. Walk down to the edge of the lake and follow the signs to the Visitors Centre which sells refreshments and souvenirs.
Open: The cave is gated and the custodian lives in a hut nearby.
Fee: Adults USD 7.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Guided tours:  
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1877 discovered by Perito Francisco Pascacio.


Cueva de Gualicho is famous for Indian cave paintings, which cover the walls of the cave with hand impressions men on horse back. They have been dated to 4000 BC. On the surrounding cliffs there are copies of cave paintings from different parts of the country. The name Gualicho is the Tehuelche word for God.