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Grutas de Juxtlahuaca(Juxtlahuaca cave system)

Chilpancingo

One of Mexican cavers favorite sites is this one—a cave system approximately five kilometers long. Its peculiarity (shared with the Oxtotitlán cave) is that here were found Olmec culture cave paintings, one of the first examples of sophisticated pictorial activity in Mesoamerica and the only example of cave painting in deep caves outside Mayan territory.

52 kilometers away from Chilpancingo, the Juxtlahuaca caves are open to the public but in an official guided tour. The cave paintings are found at about 1,300 meters deep and the most famous is two meters high Pintura 1, that represents a man covered with a jaguar skin, with a black cape and a headdress.

The character has a domination attitude over another, smaller and captured in a sitting posture. It’s one of few representations of Olmec culture showing domination of one man over another. In addition to the cave paintings, these hard access caves present beautifully natural formations.

As the Juxtlahuaca caves couldn’t be associated with any human settlement, they represent a large number of unknowns to researchers.
One of Mexican cavers favorite sites is this one—a cave system approximately five kilometers long. Its peculiarity (shared with the Oxtotitlán cave) is that here were found Olmec culture cave paintings, one of the first examples of sophisticated pictorial activity in Mesoamerica and the only example of cave painting in deep caves outside Mayan territory.

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52 kilometers away from Chilpancingo, the Juxtlahuaca caves are open to the public but in an official guided tour. The cave paintings are found at about 1,300 meters deep and the most famous is two meters high Pintura 1, that represents a man covered with a jaguar skin, with a black cape and a headdress.

The character has a domination attitude over another, smaller and captured in a sitting posture. It’s one of few representations of Olmec culture showing domination of one man over another. In addition to the cave paintings, these hard access caves present beautifully natural formations.

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