In 1945, a farmer fell through a hole in the earth and discovered a chamber full of stalactites and stalagmites – a cavern that had been hidden for between 15 and 20 million years. Exploration of the Venado Caves revealed an eight-chamber underground maze, a limestone labyrinth carved over millennia by underground rivers and shifting tectonics near Arenal Volcano.
Spelunking in Costa Rica
This 2700-meter cavern takes about an hour and a half to tour. It’s a great rainy-day activity, but it’s definitely not for the claustrophobic! There are a couple of tight squeezes in the caves, but a bilingual guide is there to help. Your guide will point out interesting bats, spiders, frogs, and fish – creatures that live in this underground marvel. Observe limestone rock formations and a variety of marine fossils – caught from when the Venado Caves were still located below sea level.
If you’re a fan of darkness, eyeless fish, and massive underground spiders, this is the adventure for you! Even visitors who were initially hesitant have found this tour to be fascinating, fun, and educational. The strange subterranean creatures are more afraid of you than you are of them! Visitors to the Venado Caves caves may get a bit wet, thanks to the underground waterfall and river.
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