What riches are hidden just under our feet? There are many hidden marvels that are just waiting to be discovered. A few sites you should see at least once in your life are glowing caves, an ice cave, and an underground cemetery.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
The Waitomo caverns exhibit a New Zealand-only phenomena where hundreds of blue glowworms cover the walls and ceilings. Visitors arrive to the caverns by boat, and their natural illumination is evocative of the Milky Way.
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River, Philippines
The Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the Philippines, which is included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just stunning. In the middle of this limestone-carved terrain is an 8.2-kilometer river that empties into the sea.
Marble Caves, Chile
On Chile’s Lake General Carrera, the opulent Marble Caves are a hidden gem. The three rock formations that make up this amazing sight are the cathedral, chapel, and cave, which are all formed of marble. Admire the columns made of black and white marble as they are reflected in the lake’s turquoise water.
Hidden Beach at Marietas Islands, Mexico
Less than 10 kilometres off Mexico’s western coast, the Marietas Islands protect a secret beach that is tucked away inside a crater. A bomb launched during military drills created the beach, which is only accessible during low tide.
Fingal’s “Musical” Cave, Scotland, UK
Fingal’s Cave is a magnificent geological structure that may be seen in rural Staffa, Scotland. The sea pours deep into the cave to a depth of 69 metres, supported by innumerable hexagonal basaltic columns. Because of the melody that is produced by the sound of the waves in the cave’s centre, Fingal’s Cave is also known as the Musical Cave.
Ik-Kil Cenote, Mexico
One of Mexico’s most stunning cenotes is the Ik-Kil one. You must descend a steep stairway that descends 26 metres before you can enjoy the crystal-clear water of this natural pool. At one time, the Ik-Kil cenote was a holy Mayan location where rain deity sacrifices were performed on humans.
Poço Encantado Cave, Brazil
Poço Encantado, or “enchanted wells,” is the name of a cave whose beauty can only be appreciated at specific times of day. To make the turquoise water translucent, you must wait until the sun’s rays touch its surface. The cave’s 60-meter depth may then be seen. Intriguing optical illusions are also produced by the sun, making it difficult to distinguish between the water and the rocks.