Wall of Hands
With an extension of 35 meter, the Paredón de las Manos is a site of great tourist attraction, that allows us to approach the traces left by the Tehuelches.
With an extension of 35 meters, the Paredón de las Manos is a site of a great tourist attraction, that allows us to approach the traces left by the Tehuelches.
It consists of rocky walls with imprints of hands and paintings of female guanacos (Lama guanicoe) on the stone, dating back to 5,000 years ago, these paintings were created by hunters and gatherers who came from the Patagonian steppes. The paintings are made from a mixture of dyes, including blood, which these nomadic peoples spit through a hollowed guanaco bone.
To visit the Paredón, you must travel for around 1 kilometer south of Villa Cerro Castillo through Carretera Austral, to then take a local road for 2 kilometers up to the Escuela Cerro Castillo Museum and the Centre for Research and Dissemination of Human Heritage, located next to the museum. From this place, you may take guided tours to the archaeological monument.
The Escuela Cerro Castillo Museum is located in a former school of the area, which was built in 1955 by the settlers and declared a National Monument by the Ministry of Education in 2008. You may visit it from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.
a- General Information
Year of Establishment: no information available.
Total Area: 35 meters
Location: 3 kilometers south of Villa Cerro Castillo.
Nearby Towns: Puerto Ibáñez and Villa Cerro Castillo
Distance and Estimated Time from Coyhaique: 100 kilometers, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Museum and Paredón: Children, $1.000; adults, $2.000. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
b- Access Routes (by land/ by sea/ by air)
By Land: to reach this place one must travel for around 1 kilometer towards the south of Villa Cerro Castillo through Carretera Austral, to then take a local road for 2 km.
c- What to do / Activities:
You may engage in different activities in the area, some of the most popular ones are trekking, sightseeing the Paredón and taking photographs.