St. Cruz de Tenerife
IN THE BOWELS OF THE EARTH: EXPLORING THE SPECTACULAR CUEVA DEL VIENTO
Panorama, Nature, Divertimento
Geology becomes a breathtaking spectacle: this unmissable excursion ventures into an amazing lava tunnel, dug out thousands of years ago by a river of incandescent magma which, exhausting itself over time, has left deep tunnels and cavities in the rock that can be walked through on an authentic journey into the mysterious heart of the mountain.
What we will see
- Photo stop at the Mirador de San Pedro
- Cueva del Viento visitors centre
- Information presentation about the lava tunnel
- Walking route through spectacular views
- Entrance to the Boca del Sobrado tunnel
- Exploring the underground passages on foot
What we will do
- We will leave the port by coach and head for the north-west part of Tenerife, where we will make our first stop at the Mirador de San Pedro, a scenic vantage point from where we will be able to admire the north coast in all its splendour, with its enchanting succession of palm trees, banana plantations and ancient constructions.
- We will arrive at the visitors centre for the Cueva del Viento, the largest lava tunnel in Europe with 18 km of underground tunnels and branches.
- At the visitors centre, we will listen to an interesting presentation about this incredible geological site, during which we will find out that the intricate labyrinth, spread over three levels, was formed 27,000 years ago by the outflow of lava from the volcanic cone of the Pico Viejo.
- After being equipped with a helmet, torches and spare batteries, we travel by bus to the start of our walk that takes us into the heart of stunning panoramas, through cultivated fields, volcanic areas and pine forests, as we get closer to the entrance to the Boca del Sobrado: this is where our adventure in the bowels of the mountain really begins!
- With wide-eyed wonder we explore the belly of the Earth following spectacular underground tunnels decorated with stalactites, concretions of different kinds and deep fissures that will leave you lost for words.
- Back on the surface, we return to Santa Cruz, taking with us some unforgettable memories of an experience the like of which few can boast about!
What you need to know
- Guests with disabilities are not allowed on this excursion.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests that suffer from claustrophobia or problems with their knees or lower limbs.
- Children under the age of 5 are only allowed to participate if they are able to walk unaided on uneven ground.
- During the tunnel visit, you will not need to walk on all fours; in some sections, you will need to pay attention to obstacles located at head height.
- Helmets and torches are provided at the visitors centre.