Cueva de la Pileta, Benaojan

In 1905, José Bullón was looking for bat guano to fertilize his fields when he stumbled across the entrance to Cueva de la Pileta, a cave filled with over 100 prehistoric paintings dating back to the Neolithic era. For the past century, his children and grandchildren have worked with researchers to preserve the cave and make its art accessible to people from around the world. Today, a tour led by one of Bullón's descendants guides you through the cave, explaining the history of the red, yellow, and black charcoal paintings. Investigate cavernous chambers filled with prehistoric art as well as the stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations worn into the karstic limestone by the flow of water over millenia. Make sure you wear shoes with a good grip, because the cave floor can be slippery. If you aren't using a car, you'll need to make a 3.35 km (2.1 mi) hike from the bus or train station at Benaoján up to the cave--check out the cave's official website for the route. Plan your Cueva de la Pileta visit and explore what else you can see and do in Benaojan using our Benaojan online trip itinerary maker .
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  • The cave is a must if you are in the area. Some who else complains in their opinions that you have to climb steps and it is difficult to access... that kind of person better should go to a spa than to discover the jewels of nature, it goes up well and more if you feel like seeing the cave. The reservation can be made by phone call or even at the window itself (although you may run the risk that nothing will be left or have to wait for another pass). For our guide I do not get any negative qualifier, you can see that he is a person who enjoys his work and showing the cave, which is appreciated and makes the visit very enjoyable.
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  • Fantastic, well-organised tour. The caves themselves are spectacular and the paintings are fascinating. The guide did a great job of bringing everything to life and was friendly and knowledgeable. We ...  more »
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  • Amazing experience descending into a career with prehistoric drawings. It's a little bit of a climb from the parking lot to the entrance to the cave, and it's slow going within the cave as you content with wet, slippery steps. But it is definitely worth the hour tour. Groups are limited so make reservations. No photographs inside.
  • Beautiful and dramatic caves worth a visit in their own right. More special because of the history of human visitation recorded in paintings and artifacts that are 4,000 years old, 20,000 years old and up to 40,000 years old. Phone to book one of the limited daily spots on tours led competently and without fuss in Spanish and English.
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