05.01.2019 - 05.01.2019 98 °F
A bit outside of ValleMi near the confluence of the Apa and the Paraguay Rivers there are some limestone formations with caves. These are not your ordinary walk in, well-lit, tourist caves, but real spelunking adventures with light only from your helmets. So, of course, we had to try it out. NOTE: as usual, most photos have captions with additional information.
We were not deterred by the ominous gathering of buzzards above the cave entrance.
After an initial descent of 15 feet or more, we had a climb back up about 5 feet to a tiny, damp and slippery passage that sloped downhill. We had to crouch and crab-walk through there (it would have been easier to butt-slide, but we were not dressed for that). The temperature outside before we went down the hole was around 95 with high humidity. It only cooled slightly when we got inside, but the humidity went soaring. After about 15 minutes we found the combination of extreme gymnastics, heat, and humidity to be too much and we returned to the surface while we still had clean and dry clothing. We then traveled down to a boat launch on the Paraguay river where we boarded a small aluminum boat and cruised about 1km downstream to a large cavern that is only accessible by water.
Anacondas like to visit there too. But hey, we are tough!
We drove on to Concepcion to stay at the Concepcion Palace hotel and a very good rest.