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Cueva El Soplao, Celis

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El Soplao is a cave located in the municipalities of Rionansa, Valdáliga and Herrerías in Cantabria, Spain. It is considered unique for the quality and quantity of geological formations in its 17 miles length, 6 of which are open to the public. In it are formations such as helíctites and curtains . Its formation dates back to the Mesozoic, in particular the Cretaceous period 240 million years ago. The entrance is at 540 metres in the Sierra Soplao Arnero.The cave was accidentally discovered during drilling for mining, subsequently being exploited for the extraction of minerals. During its operation, many local families were supported by the income they got from the mining, combined with farming livestock. After decades of neglect, speleology, and in particular the Cantabria University Speleology Club since 1975, have discovered its true geological value.On July 1, 2005 the Government of Cantabria opened it to the public and publicised it internationally, after development for tourism and protection rules prohibiting any further activity by the discoverering club. Research goes on, resulting in the study of amber deposits, the recognition of underground stromatolites formed by manganese-oxidising bacteria, and a new mineral form, zaccagnaite-3R.
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  • Highly recommended a visit to the cave of El Soplao. Due to high demand in the summer months, it is very convenient to have the tickets in advance to make the journey to the cave. Also recommended, visit the village of Carmona and the Cades forge.
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  • Passing through the area, we saw that you could visit this cave. It was a day of rain and hail and very few people. To start they charge you € 12 per visit which enter the train, but this is out of service. But use part of installing one's own is that the price drops something. Café and shop at price of amusement park. Nonsense that say you as you are not at the time point that you enter not and they do not return the money, to go that is walking and not on the train. Then do not make photos or videos, I don't think be for the preservation of the cave inside they have their lights. Guide or fu fa, is know for his speech and repeated it to you like a parrot. What is the cave is beautiful but pay €12 is enough.
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  • A wonder of nature, very accomplished lighting is a very good guided tour, but... that they let to very young children and clear... sometimes you can hear well recommended Super explanations, should book
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  • Order the tickets in advance!!! The cave is very beautiful, with big veraety stalactites and stalagmites. The guided tour is only on Spanish, but the guide explained us privately on English and was very kind. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Very interesting, pretty crystals, very cool tour. Tour guides speak English but simply looking at the crystals is interesting enough anyway. Listening to the history is very worthwhile.
  • REMEMBER TO BOOK TICKET ONLINE ;) In other way you will need to come back later, but it still is totally worth it. Pamiętaj Przyjacielu Drogi, by nie nakładać drogi, zakupić bilet online ;)
  • The mandatory guided tour is only in Spanish and our tour guide didn't even try a little to explain something (in between) in English. The cave itself is quite nice though, but the attitude of our guide pretty much ruined our stay.
  • Stunning formations. I've been to plenty of caves and these were outstanding. Beautiful surrounds as well.

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