Come and discover the 8 most amazing caves in the world. For years, nature itself has sculpted in the bowels of the Earth places that not even the most powerful human imagination could have dreamed. The vagaries of evolutionary chance now allow us to enjoy the beauty of this underground world.
1. Grotto of the Wonders, Spain
We begin our visit in Spain, specifically, in the small Andalusian town of Aracena, located in the province of Huelva, on the mountains that have the same name as the town. There we find the Grotto of Wonders, and the name is not trivial.Grotto of the Wonders, Spain - Junta Informa / commons.wikimedia.org
The Grotto of Wonders is a natural jewel that reaches our days from the Cambrian period, now 500 million years ago. Formed based on marble and limestone punished by water, among its walls we can see aragonites, speleothems and geysermites that descend to a beautiful underground lake.
2. Caves of Altamira, Spain
We continue within the Spanish territory to go on this occasion to the famous Altamira Caves, located in the wonderful Cantabrian town of Santillana del Mar. An artistic jewel that arrives to our days directly from Prehistory, when our ancestors began to leave their pictorial imprint in the world.
In the Altamira Caves you can glimpse wonderful cave paintings that thousands of years ago illustrated the customs and beliefs of primitive men. Today, well maintained and researched by the famous Arsuaga, they remain as a memory of our oldest past.
«After Altamira everything is decadent.»
3. Naica Mine, MexicoNaica Mine, Mexico - Paul Williams / Flickr.com
We now move to Mexico in our search for the most amazing caves in the world to focus our attention on Naica Mine, located in the town of the same name within the state of Chihuahua.
In the Naica Mine crystals have been formed so large that they have reached up to 2 meters thick and a total of 15 meters long. However, the camera that stores the most enormous is banned to the public by its high temperatures. In addition, large amounts of silver and lead have been produced throughout history.
4. The Blue Grotto, ItalyBlue Grotto, Italy - Tania Zbrodko
We continue our journey looking for the most beautiful caves on the planet to land in Italy. There, on the beautiful island of Capri, we find the Blue Grotto, which is nothing more than a simple underground lake. But nevertheless, the light refracted on the water that comes from outside achieves a wonderful spectacle that amazes every visitor that comes to this amazing place.
5. Caves of Drach, SpainCaves of Drach, Spain - Piotr Wawrzyniuk
We return to Spain in search of the most impressive caves on the planet to enter those of the Drach, the most famous in the entire national territory. They are located on the island of Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, in the town of Manacor, and are a real beauty.
Actually, the Drach are four caves, the Black, the White, that of Luis Salvador and that of the French, which are connected between them. They have been created thanks to the arrival of sea water, and it is believed that they began to take shape in time from the Miocene. Definitely, both its inner lake and the beauty of the walls will dazzle every visitor.
6. Crystal Cave, BermudaCristas Caves, Bermuda - Andrew Malone / Flickr.com
We leave now to Bermuda in our search for the most famous and beautiful caverns in the world to enter the Crystal Cave, in the immediate vicinity of the town of Castle Harbor.
A cave of more than 60 meters deep and half a kilometer long that hosts a lot of speleothems thanks to the action of water, since initially it was above sea level, but now, with the rise of the tide, this fact has changed radically.
7. Son Doong Cave, VietnamSon Doong Cave, Vietnam - MyImages - Micha
We march now to Vietnam to locate another of the most incredible caves on the planet, Son Doong Cave, the rated as the largest on the entire planet. It is located within the environment of the Nha-Ke Bang National Park and consists of about 5 kilometers of tunnel with a width of 150 meters in some areas.
8, Tham Phraya Nakhon, ThailandTham Phraya Nakon, Thailand - Thomas Becker / Flickr.com
We dismiss our route through the most amazing caves in the world in Tham Phraya Nakhon, located in Thailand. An incredible place for its large size full of vegetation that lives from moisture caused by the constant rains of the country. Its environment is defined as mystical thanks to the light of dawn.