Caves have their own beauty.It all begins with acid rain water, flowing down, carving its way through rocks with incredible force to make veiny paths into the ground and then patient torrents throughout millions of years carry on the same work, cutting and hollowing everything they find, stones, rocks, sand, and dirt. And so the underworld of caves is born. Hundreds of thousands of caves around the world, discovered and undiscovered, contains unthinkable wonders that stun the eye and strain the imagination, crystals, minerals and creatures that can only exist in the depths of the earth. Let’s discover the best and most beautiful underground caves known to men
Marble Caves (Chile)
For more than 6000 years, melting glaciers melting have been feeding rivers that pour into the glacial Carrera Lake overlooking the Argentinean-Chilean borders. This lake with its cold, water still containing suspended particles from the glaciers (which gives it the magical cyan-hued color) has carved beautiful cavities in the marble, forming one of the earth’s most beautiful caves. It’s not easy to reach as it is deep in the Chilean wilderness, but no visitor has ever said that it wasn’t worth the trouble.
Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave (Austria)
Only discovered in the 19th century, this 40km long cave first started forming more than 100 million years ago. Cristal clear ice sparkling against the projectors in this gigantic hollow attraction that lays under the all-mighty Alps paints quite a mesmerizing picture to all visitors who swear by the beauty of the frozen waterfalls. With its vast interior, the largest ice cave in the world has earned its German title: “Eisriesenwelt” which translates to “World of the Ice Giants”
Puerto Princesa (Philippines)
It’s an underground cave with a subterranean river running very deep into the earth. How deep? So deep that it has many levels and sub-caves, which means waterfalls and lakes, all underground. So deep that exploring it completely is impossible due to severe oxygen deprivation. Even if the only 4km of the cave is open to the public, the boat ride inside this natural wonder takes the visitors from chamber to chamber, including the Italian Chamber which is one of the largest cave rooms known to men.
Great Blue Hole (Belize)
This cave is different than the ones I have mentioned before, this one is under water. It is also one of the 7 UNESCO’s World heritage sites. This spot is most famous among professional and recreational scuba divers for its unique well shape and its 108 meters deep and steep walls. The experience it offers to drivers is simply second to none. More than 200.000 people visit the great blue hole every year, so if you are a fan of the deep sea and can’t decide where to go next summer, you have your destination now.
Glowworm cave (New Zealand)
This cave offers one of nature’s most beautiful natural sceneries; it’s among the top famous caves in the world and my personal favorite. Thanks to its carnivorous mosquito-sized luminous worms that live on the cave’s roof, the latter becomes a plateau similar to the starry night, a breathtaking imagery that will live on in your memory as the most noble thing you have ever seen. These worms only exist in this magical corner of the world to offer an entirely unexampled view.