Caves are truly special places that have been revered by humans since prehistory. There is something about their mystique and oddness that draws our attention and ignites our imagination.
Some caves are home to wondrous art pieces of nature’s creation. Others have great archaeological significance. They are truly fascinating places.
You might have a few stamps in your passport but how many famous caves have you explored? Are you ready to cave in to your spelunking desires? Add these caves to your next international itinerary for a truly unforgettable trip.
Exploring The World’s Most Famous Caves
Spelunking, or caving, refers to the exploration of cave systems. Depending on your level of bravery, you can walk and well defined and illuminated underground paths or brave the unmapped depths.
You’ll need some good shoes, caving lights, a plan, a good attitude, and the ability to stay calm in tight places.
Cave of The Crystal – Mexico
La Cueva Naica, as it is locally known, is located in Chihuahua, Mexico. It is one of the places that you have to see for yourself to believe.
Surely, the photos of the tiny spelunkers walking among giant crystals are edited, right? The largest crystal discovered here to date was a 55-ton selenite slab nearly 40 feet in length.
This is an experience unlike any other.
Fingal’s Cave – Scotland
If you are looking for a cave that will make feel like a Lord of the Rings character, Fingal’s Cave in Steffel, Scotland is the place for you.
The rocks lying the entrance to the caves have been eroded by the wind and rain to form peculiar square pillars. The natural acoustics create haunting echoes from the wind.
The echoes sound so peculiar that the composer Mendelssohn was inspired to create a famous overture. This has led this Scottish gem to be one of the famous caves in the world.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves – New Zealand
There are few places in the world where you can see the magic happen. These amazing caves of New Zealand are home to a natural spectacle like no other.
The larvae of Arachnocampa luminosa, the New Zealand glow worm, hang from the ceiling of the cave. They produce blue-green bioluminescence that light up the caves.
Just imagine taking a boat ride in an underground river illuminated by glowworms.
Skocjan Caves – Slovenia
Perhaps less internationally known, Slovenia is home to one of the most famous caves in the world.
The Skocjan Caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beauty, ecological importance, and historical significance. People have inhabited the caves for thousands of years.
The rock formations present, including the rimstone pools, attracts visitors from all over the world.
Few experiences will prepare you for being in a cave. Some people have spiritual experiences but very few can deny their beauty.
Exploring the world’s famous caves requires time and careful preparation. Stay safe and respect the wildlife.
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