Covalanas cave, the cave of red deer, is located on the northeastern slope of Mount Pando, above the cavity of El Miron, used as a dwelling place for at least the last 45,000 years.


LOCATION
Monte Pando, Branches of Victory.
RULES OF VISITS
The cave is open all year round guide service counting. The tour lasts 45 minutes. It is performed in groups of 10 people from 1 January to 14 June and 16 September to 31 December, in groups of 7 persons from 15 June to 14 September.
SCHEDULE
During the months of January, February, November and December, Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 to 15:00 h. From 1 March to 14 June and from September 15 to October 31, Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 14:30 pm and from 15:30 to 18:00 h. From 15 June to 14 September every day of the week from 9.30 am to 20.00 pm
SERVICES
– Point of care to visitors
– Car parking
– Guided tour of the cave
ACCESS
Access by car: from the Victoria Branches must take N-629 towards Burgos. In just 2 km. (at km. 188) is located on the left, allowing the diversion reach the car park and the focal point for visitors. From here you climb on foot along a footpath of about 600 m. until you reach the cave.
Access on foot: From the Branches of the people of Victoria takes the path of the Caves (path PR-S.22), which runs parallel to the mountain of La Haza. After about 1.8 km. you reach the car park and the focal point for visitors. From here a footpath climbs about 600 m. until you reach the cave.


DESCRIPTION

Covalanas cave, the cave of red deer, is located on the northeastern slope of Mount Pando, above the cavity of El Miron, used as a dwelling place for at least the last 45,000 years.
It was discovered in 1903 by L. Sierra and Hermilio Alcalde del Rio, two key figures of archaeological research in Cantabria. Their discovery is part of the prehistoric origins of science and specifically of Paleolithic art.

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It’s a small size cave galleries featuring two share a warm area apparently used as outer space habitat. One of its galleries, of the right parietal houses the graphic manifestations.
After two small series of dots appear, to the 65 meters from the entrance, early animals. Advancing from this point, the red figures are happening right and left hand by the main gallery and in a little recess. A total of eighteen deer, deer, horse, aurochs, a possible figure of hybrid type and three rectangular signs, in addition to small dots and lines, are arranged in friezes.
From the 90 m, and already in areas of limited dimensions, the number of figures is drastically reduced, only one complete animal figure, however, many small dots and lines.
Characterizes the figures drawn by the dotted outline done with the fingers. This technical arrangement is typical of some caves that are located between the River Nervión (Vizcaya) and the River Sella (Asturias), with the largest concentration around the Ason River, although they note sets such as The Pendo. This distribution demonstrates the existence of groups with strong ties graphics, an example of social networks and contacts. His chronology is difficult to determine absolutely, appears to lie in an old stage, done around 20,000 BC

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The freshness of the red color, large size of the grounds, dotted contour tracing animal and the concentration of most of the figures in a well defined, involve the visitor in an atmosphere of mystery and placement.
In the darkness of the cave, it seems that the animal figures come to life and escape from the rock. As mentioned, this herd reddish restlessly in the shadows, has witnessed the millennium of the life of mankind.
RESERVATIONS
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