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High place of the origins of Earth and Men, the Ardèche has a priceless treasure with a hundred caves and sinkholes.
Pont d'Arc Cavern, replica of the Pont d'Arc decorated cave : The "Chauvet Cave" in southern France, decorated with the oldest paintings known to man, was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 22nd June 2014. This unique, huge cave is exceptionally well-preserved, located 25 metres underground on a limestone plateau. The cave was closed off for 23 000 years after a rockslide and rediscovered on 18th December 1994 by three cave experts - Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel and Christian Hillaire. There are more than 400 paintings on the cave walls - "a remarkable artistic expression of early man" and the "oldest pictorial representations known to date," say UNESCO. This cave is located near a famous natural bridge, considered the gateway to the Gorges de l'Ardèche: the Pont d'Arc. Closed to the public for obvious reasons of preservation, visitors can still discover from April 25, 2015, a copy called Pont d'Arc Cavern, a life-size reproduction of the works and images left by the oldest artists of humanity, and the faithful reproduction of the original cave environment.
Caverne du Pont d’Arc (Ardèche), billets

Aven d’Orgnac (Grand Site of France) : one of Europe's most beautiful cave systems. The cave extends over an area of 20 hectares and boasts impressive dimensions, with ceilings that reach heights of 55 m, making the cave equivalent in height to the Niagara Falls! From fine crystallizations to enormous stalagmites, the cave offers you its geological jewels. Ascent by elevators (-121m).

Aven Marzal : this cave discovered in 1892 plunges to 125 m depth. An amazing journey punctuated by a sound and light show lead you to the fascinating hall of Diamonds. The Aven Marzal is enriched by the presence of the Museum of the Underground World and of the first Prehistoric Zoo in France.

Aven la Forestière : real geode human size, it will surprise you with its originality, its spectacular ornamented ceiling roots, outstanding stalagmite floor. Visit in small groups to adapt to the intimacy of the place.

Grotte de Saint-Marcel d’Ardèche : it is a vast network of underground rivers, amazing waterbasins, strange concretions, huge halls with suggestive names. You will discover this subterranean beautifully staged world in a guided tour of one hour.

Grotte de la Cocalière : near the village of Banne, between Gard and Ardèche, with 48 km galleries, 1,400 m of them paved and prepared for the public. At the exit, a small train takes you back to the reception through the scents of the scrubland.
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