How exciting can a cave really be? Very much is actually the answer. Cueva del Viento (or “the Cave of the Winds“) is a massive volcanic cavity in the district of Icod de los Vinos.
The huge lava tube was formed 27 000 years ago Pico Viejo volcano erupted. Basaltic lava poured from the volcano and created a great maze of volcanic caves. This lava tube is 18 kilometers long, but as it is a maze and not fully explored, it might be even longer. Similar lava caves of this size can only be found in Hawaii which makes this cave very unique in all of Europe. Why is it called the cave of the winds then? This is due to the fact that wind from the outside often enter the caves and fills up many tubes and tunnels.
The book Volcanoes of Europe there’s a passage about the unique biological life of the cave of the winds. The book states that the cave is a home to almost 200 species which makes the Cave of the winds into a unique biological sphere. An entire 15 entire new species have been discovered in the cave of the winds. This includes the eyeless cockroach living in complete darkness. The book also mentions the fossils that have been discovered in the cave. Such as remains of the Giant Rat and the Giant Lizard (i would not like to run into these creatures while in the cave). The Guanches also knew about the cave which is known due to that artifacts from the Guanches have been found in the cave.
If you want to enter the caves and see this fascinating geological phenomenon for yourself there are guided tours that let you explore about a quarter kilometer of the cave. It’s something i would sincerely recommend as you cannot find anything like this anywhere in Europe.
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