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Review of Grottes de Cougnac

Grottes de Cougnac
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Payrignac
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour of these caves consists of two parts. First is a very nice, basic, stalactite/stalagmite series of chambers. These are modest in scale -- no huge structures, but very beautiful in a fairy-landish sort of way. Second, and not physically connected with the first, is a series of chambers that starts out with a basic cave experience but then features wondrous views of very fine cave art dating back 25,000 to 30,000 years. This is apparently one of the less touristed cave sites in the area, but some listings identify it as among the most significant My uneducated guess is that some of the other sites have more paintings, but that these are particularly notable. In any event, it was truly great to see them. Also, the tour guide was phenomenal. She did a wonderful job of presenting the material, answering questions, and inviting dialogue, and she obviously has a deep knowledge of the relevant subject matter. (We were the only non-French people in a group of seven. The guide could have done the tour in French and English, but we asked her not to bother with the English -- though we understood less than half of the presentation.)

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

If you are traveling near the Gourdon region, I highly recommend you stop here. The experience is truly one of a kind and very awe inspiring.

Thank TBSoCal71
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

The first cave is a geological curisoity, but quite evocative. The cave has ben rigged with lights to illuminate the stalactites The second cave with the paintings is astounding. There are better paintings in other caves, but this one has a lot to offer and is truly breathtaking. An insight into the world of the Western Hunter Gatherers.

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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit if in the area. Knowledgeable guides and fascinating history. Friendly staff and easily accessible

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

The caves were stunning and the paintings amazing. Sadly no effort whatsoever to make the visit user friendly for non nationals like ourselves. We missed much of the detail which was explained at great length by the chain smoking guide. We should not expect it all in English, but an English leaflet would have helped.

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