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Cueva del Viento, Icod de los Vinos

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Cueva del Viento-Sobrado underground complex is the largest lava tube in Europe, and the fifth largest in the world, behind a series of lava tubes in Hawaii. It was created by lava flows from Pico Viejo, next to Mount Teide. The cave is located in the town of Icod de los Vinos in the north of the island of Tenerife, Spain.It extends more than and contains three different levels of passageways, each full of geomorphological phenomena such as lava pits and terraces.The cave is rich in fossils of the "Canarian megafauna". Bones of Gallotia goliath and Canariomys bravoi, an extinct giant lizard and rat, respectively, have been discovered here. Archaeological remains of the Guanches, the ancient Berber native inhabitants of the Canary Islands, were found in several entries to the tube system.At present, the Cueva del Viento is a tourist attraction of the island.
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  • Nothing to fault in the tour with regard to explanations about the formation of the lava tubes. All well presented and clearly explained. The actual visit is a decent duration but only covers about 20...  more »
  • From start to end must say i was really impresses. Guide was great and the experience of going into the caves with only one light on the head was impressive. Can highly recommend visiting this site.  more »
  • we learned so much about the awesome labyrinth of volcanic caves, the surrounding forest (pines from California planted by Spanish explorers?!) and the original inhabitants. Great guides and a very ni...  more »
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  • Very good organized. Professional and kind people. You receive useful information. But the tour is draged out. It lasts 2,5 hours. You see just a short part in the underground. All can be shortened to 45 minutes but they have to justify the overpriced fee. They give you the feeling you are doing something exclusive. You need to make a reservation. The price is 20 euro / person. Concluding: if you have time you can go there. If your holiday is short, better explore the island in other ways.
  • Fantastic place to look around, truly unbelievable. We had the tour in English from a lovely (German?) man who was very knowledgeable and had a wonderful passion for the tunnels which made it so much more engaging. Highly recommended and I consider it a bargain at €20 per person compared to all the other attractions here.
  • Not suitable for pregnat and people with walking desabilities.
  • The interesting tour into the caves of lava, have to register in advance.
  • This is a trip into a small section of Tenerife's longest lava tubes (one of the longest in the world). But it's much more than this! You gain an understanding of the volcanic events that have shaped the island, learn how lava tubes are formed and info about local flora and customs. It's a great package, our guide was very humorous & knowledgeable - just can't recommend this highly enough :-)

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