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  • Day142

    Ready for some spelunking

    February 18, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We reached Curiti at 3:30 pm. The bus dropped us in the main square of the town. On the way in, we had seen the agency shop where we were supposed to go. We quickly walked back to the agency office and prepared for the caving experience. Our guide Juan and his assistant Miguel were waiting for us. They told us to leave everything back at the office and take the phone camera at our own risk only. They told there would be waist deep water and a lot of places where we would need to crawl through narrow gaps with water below. We left our bags in the lockers at the office and took only our phones. Mine is a waterproof Samsung Galaxy S7 so I was fine with it and Hristo took a plastic cover for is iPhone. We changed into our swimming trunks, water shoes and old tshirts. Then, the 2 of us were off along with the guides, to the entrance of the cave. Maria went to the main square for some shopping and would wait for us at the office in about 90 min.Read more

  • Day142

    Going into the Vaca cave

    February 18, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    The name Vaca means "cow" in Spanish. The cave had lied hidden in a private property for many centuries till one day a cow grazing in this area fell in the hole in the ground. The search team found the cow in the hole in the ground and found the entrance to the cave. That's how the cave got its name. The starting section of the cave is vertically down for about 3-4 meters and then turns horizontally into the cave. Immediately, on reaching down, we were walking in ankle deep water. The roof of the cave was about 2 meters here.Read more

  • Day142

    Deeper in the cave

    February 18, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 37 °C

    As we started going deeper in the cave, the water became knee deep. In one of the sections, there were some bats as well. Here our guides told us to be extremely careful and not touch anywhere as the bat droppings might have bacteria that could be harmful. The roof was still about 2 meters high and we could see some limestone formations.Read more

  • Day142

    Crawling in the water

    February 18, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    The next stretch was a crawl through a very narrow stretch with water below. We had to get down on all our fours to get through to the other side deeper in the cave. The chamber on the other side had the roof about 6-7 meters high. There were limestone stalagmites, stalactites and pillars. It was eerie to see all these formations so deep below with no lights besides those of our torches.Read more

  • Day142

    The climb inside the cave

    February 18, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    The next stretch in the cave was a slight climb. We had to climb over boulders to reach the higher chambers. The water below disappeared and we were walking on dry land. There was a natural limestone formation on the cave wall in the shape of a dinosaur.Read more

  • Day142

    Chamber of straw formations

    February 18, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    At the end of the slight climb within the cave was a bigger chamber with many beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. There were even limestone straw formations on the roof. This is a very rare formation and takes hundreds of thousands of years and just the right conditions of humidity and air circulation for it to form. Of the 30 odd caves I've been in, I've never seen this before. Generally these are very deep inside the caves where there is no wind and so it normally occurs in chambers that are separated from the cave entrances by stretches of water fully covering the cave path all the way to the top.Read more

  • Day142

    Freshwater drips and streams

    February 18, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Deeper in the cave, the limestone formations continued everywhere. At one place, there was a continuous drip of clear freshwater which over millions of years forms the stalagmites and stalactites. A few meters away, we were again in water and there was a small waterfall at the end of the chamber.Read more

  • Day142

    Water-fight in the cave

    February 18, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    After the waterfall chamber, we started our return journey via a different route. The water was waist deep in this chamber. It was then that Miguel asked us if our phones were waterproof and how long the phone could survive in water. Mine was waterproof and Hristo had a plastic cover on his. Miguel suggested that we keep both the phones in the plastic cover. We thought that it could be because the water was going to get deeper in the chamber and he wanted to make sure the phones were safe. Then Juan told us to shut our torches. My first reaction was he wanted to showcase how silent and eerie the cave was in the dark but as soon as we had shut our torches and the cave had turned extremely dark, Juan and Miguel started splashing water on us :) :) That soon turned into a water fight with everyone splashing water on each other. I managed to get my phone from Hristo and took some great pictures of the water fight :D It was a lot of fun!! :DRead more

  • Day142

    Crawling out from the cave

    February 18, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    The last 200 mts stretch of the cave was a narrow gap some 50-60 cm high. We had to crawl on all our fours for more than 15 mins to get to the end of the cave. There was a thin layer of water below and in some place we had to drag our body through the narrow gaps. It was a very unique experience.Read more

  • Day142

    End of the cave adventure

    February 18, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Near the end of the cave, there were crickets that were very unique to this place. As we crawled out, it took a while for the eyes to get used to the light. The sun had set it was just a bit beyond 6 pm. We were totally covered with dirt and muck having crawled most of the time. We came back to the operators office. There, we washed and cleaned up. After that, we walked over to the main square to catch the 7 pm (the last bus) back to San Gil. While waiting for the bus a taxi came and offered to take all of us waiting there for the same price as that of the bus (2800 COP per person). We took the taxi as it was much faster than the bus.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Curití, Curiti

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