The Most Amazing Caves Around the World

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Caves are pretty amazing places. Deep caverns within the mountains and rocks of this world, they hold countless wonders including huge stalactites and stalagmites, bizarre insects and creatures and colourful crystals and minerals. So what are some of the most amazing caves that you can explore on your travels around the world? Here are some truly remarkable examples:

Kartchner Caverns, Arizona

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Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Located in the wilds of Arizona State Park, this cave contains 2.4 miles of passages and was discovered by local cavers in 1974. It was hidden from view for many years and it was discovered by locals in 1974. You can take a tour of the caves and see the “soda straw stalactites” that are 6.54 m long and the Kublai Khan, which is a 58 foot high column named after the famous poem. Also, visit the Big Room which is home to more than 1,000 bats.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

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Photo Source: neverunprepared

These amazing caves on the North Island of New Zealand are known for their thousands of glow worms. These tiny glow worms weave their nests out of silk on the ceiling of the cave, then they hang down. In the darkness of the cave, the larva glows to attract its prey into the threads of the wave. Take a tour through the caves and you can see the glowing lights, making the roof of the cave look like a sparkling night sky filled with stars.

Nigardsbreen Ice Cave, Norway

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In the frozen lands of Norway you will find an amazing cave in the middle of a glacier – an enormous ice palace that is incredibly beautiful. Wander inside and you will see pointed icicles hanging from the ceiling, dripping water into a freezing lagoon. The light flickers through the cave in amazing ways, glistening on the icy interior and creating a beautiful deep blue glow. It is possible to visit this natural wonder, but it is important to go with a guide and the correct equipment because it is very slippery and can be quite dangerous.

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA

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This enormous cave is the longest cave system in the world and it has over 365 miles of subterranean passageways. It was established as a natural park in 1941 and is also an International Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to the unique rock formations found here. Check out the huge sinkhole, which is known as “Cedar Sink”.

Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

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Photo Source: Hugh Derr

This is currently the largest known cave in the world and it is filled with a dazzling amount of natural wonders – including geological formations and isolated ecosystems. It is so large that it even has its own weather systems and species that have never been seen anywhere else! It is also home to ancient fossils, rare cave peals and much more.

This cave was only discovered in 1991 and it was fully explored in 2009 by a group of British spelunkers. It is possible to take a special tour through these caves, but tour groups are limited and visiting the caves will cost you at least $3,000.

Barton Creek Cave, Cayo, Belize

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This cave is not only a geological wonder, but it is also an archaeological site as well. There has been a lot of evidence found that this cave was used by Mayans as far back as 200 AD, due to the pottery shards and the remains of 28 humans that were found there. Take a trip through these caves to discover 6,400 metres of passageways and streams.

The Naica Mine Caves, Mexico

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

These caves are home to some of the biggest crystal formations in the world. Located near Chihuahua, Mexico – these crystals were formed when the cave was filled with hot water that was rich with minerals. The water remained within the cave for approximately 500,000 years, which created the perfect environment for these crystals to grow.

These are just a few of the most amazing caves that you can explore on your travels around the world. Keep in mind, if you want to take a tour into a cave it is very important to wear proper footwear to reduce your risk of slipping and falling. Listen to your tour guide and don’t try to venture into other parts of the caves, there might be danger and you risk getting caught in a crevasse. Also, dress warmly as the temperature in a cave is often several degrees cooler than it is outside. Never explore a cave alone and always have a flashlight with full batteries so that you can see where you are going.

With these important pointers in mind, keep yourself safe when caving and enjoy exploring these amazing natural wonders!

About the Author: Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run Global-Goose.com, packed full with guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style since 2011, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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