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La Cueva Del Viento, Tenerife

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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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  • An guided tour into the outer end of a lava tube. The guides are clearly cave explorer types or enthusiasts which is nice enough. But actual traversal inside the tube is made needless cumbersome due t...  more »
  • With all the fake attractions on the island it is great to discover a genuine Tenerife original. Really well organised and informative, lovely people, and some gentle exercise. Perfect. If you are tra...  more »
  • A very interesting and well organised tour.The guides had a wealth of knowledge and made the tour informative and amusing.There was two small kids in the tour and the guide immersed them completely in...  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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