Prehistoric cave at Rouffignac (cave art)
The Cave of Rouffignac is a very large prehistoric cave that can be visited on board an electric train. The cave features 250 paintings and engravings representing mammoths, horses, bison and rhinoceros. The cave of Rouffignac is unique in many ways. First, it is about three miles from the Vèzére River; all the others are much closer. Secondly it is really long -(several miles!). In order to see the artwork you join your guide on a small electric train that travels about half a mile into the cave. This is a real selling point to the kids! Finally, it has been the frequent winter dwelling place of hibernating bears for millennia. All along the way inside you can see their burrows dug into the soft sides of the cave and the scratching of their claws as they trimmed their nails upon waking each spring.