Tenerife: La Cueva del Viento
The “Cueva del Viento” is a cave in municipality of Icod de los Vinos in the north east of Tenerife. This is Europe’s largest lava tube and is considered to be the 5th largest in the world after four of Hawaii’s volcanic wonders. Its underground passageways form tunnels spanning over 17 Km (10 miles).
The cave (or better the caves) had been formed by the hot lava from the Pico Viejo volcano eruption about 27.000 years ago. As the lava flows and comes into contact with the air, the surface of the flow cools and hardens, forming an outer layer while the lava continues to flow through it until the flow stops, thereby forming the volcanic tube.
To visit this place you have to join an organised tour which will bring you to the place and you will have a chance to explore a small part of the tunnel. The tunnel itself remains closed and to preserve the delicate ecosysteme only a small part is open to the public. All reservations are made online!
We tried to capture some impressions of this place with the camera and with lightroom presets I’ve made the dark parts of the picture become more visible. I hope you will enjoy them!
After the the transfer by minibus and parking we enjoyed a short walk along old trays. Our guide (we got a great French speeking guide) explained us the difference between the different lave surfaces: the smooth one pahoehoe and the rough (painful to walk on) A’a lava. Places with A’a lava are known as “malpais” (for example the Malpais de Güimar) as this places cannot be used for agriculture.
The tunnels of the Cueva del Viento
Here an official video of the cave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW2anlp3ASU
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