Cueva del Viento: one of the most curious places in Tenerife

The Cueva del Viento is located in the town of Icod de los Vinos and is one of the largest volcanic tubes in the world. Its name derives from the incredible air currents that are produced inside the great labyrinth of volcanic stone that makes up the cave. It was formed 27,000 years ago in basaltic lavas from the first eruptive phase of the Pico Viejo volcano, located next to Teide (Tenerife, Canary Islands).

This natural wonder has not yet been fully discovered, so you should keep in mind that the area set aside for visitors is small compared to its total size. Its 18 kilometers in length make it one of the largest in the world, according to various expert speleologists.

The cave has no artificial lighting, so the tour inside is done wearing a helmet with electric light. The section that can be visited contains numerous formations and phenomena “drawn” by the lava. This dynamism makes the visitor perceive the cave almost as a living being that has been “petrified”. The darkness and silence of the environment bring the visitor closer to geological phenomena through direct and natural contact.

How long does a visit to the Cueva del Viento last?

The duration of the visit is three hours and the difficulty is medium-high. In addition to the bilingual panels in the Visitor Center and inside the cave, an expert guide will explain the characteristics of this unique volcanic cavity. The itinerary on foot passes through the area of ​​farmland, pine forest and fayal-brezal, lava fields, as well as an old royal road, farmhouses and eras, thus complementing the walk with an ethnohistoric vision of the area .

Basic rules for the visit

  • It is mandatory to wear long pants and hiking boots or closed sports shoes.
  • You must always follow the instructions of the guide and not separate from the group
  • If you are fatigued, you should immediately notify your group guide.
  • It is strictly forbidden to leave garbage remains during your visit or to alter the natural space of the cave. Remember that it is a protected environment of high ecological value.
  • It is not allowed to bring animals, or collect any type of stone or flora.
  • Given the difficulty of the journey, entry is not allowed for children under 5 years of age, or people with reduced mobility.
  • Remember that the volcanic tube can produce a feeling of claustrophobia, if you have an aversion to closed spaces, you should not participate in this visit.

To ensure your visit, I advise you to book in advance at the Visitor Center. You can also do this guided excursion that starts from Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna and includes a visit to Garachico and La Orotava, two places to go in Tenerife.

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