El Soplao Cave is located in the Sierra de Arnero and the Nansa river valley, between the municipalities of Herrerías, Valdáliga and Rionansa. This was discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century when mining began in search of lead and zinc.
The cave has become a true paradise and a geological wonder 20 km long. Its name is related to mining slang and means a breath of air.
This archaeological heritage is made up of surfaces upholstered with aragonites, stalagmites and stalactites that together form fantastic plays of shadows and colours that make El Soplao Cave so spectacular and unique. There are also eccentrics or helictites which grow horizontally or obliquely.
Visit El Soplao Cave
To make it easier for visitors to enter, a mining train was built that travels 400 m. to leave tourists at the main entrance of the cave and then travel 1500 m. inside it through a comfortable walkway through which children or people in wheelchairs can travel. For about an hour you will be able to contemplate the wonderful shapes of the cave.
The guided tour includes an explanation of the cave formations, how the calcifications of the terrain have been carried out in a natural way and their importance for the geological investigation of the area.
Children are the type of audience that has the most fun using their creativity to recognize curiosities within these formations.
This type of visit is ideal for all ages, however, it is recommended to wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes and closed since the temperature is 10 ° C and some humidity in the interior.
Adventure tourism in La Cueva El Soplao
For the more adventurous there is a plan to visit the place by the original floor. It is necessary to equip yourself with boots and a helmet which will be given to you at the box office in case you do not wear your own. The entrance is done in the same way, through the mining train that takes tourists to the false floor, then naturally enters the place where they can see many more galleries that are limited for people who go down the walkway. The natural route has an approximate duration of 2 hours and a half, of course the way will be guided by expert personnel and connoisseur of all the area.
The terrain doesn’t have much difficulty, it can be easily covered by grabbing ropes in some areas, you’ll have to bend over in some others but it can definitely adapt to any type of person and you’ll find some wet areas with mud.
Without a doubt, the greatest adventure you’ll ever have there.
The wonders you will find in El Soplao Cave
Each gallery has been named according to the forms generated by stalactites (pointy), stalagmites, columns, flags, pearls and eccentrics. That’s how inside are popular rooms known as:
El Mirador de Lacuerre (Lacuerre’s Viewpoint): located on the western side, it forms a reddish viewpoint that encompasses the entire roof.
Las Medusas: located on the left side where two other rooms meet and their formation is due to the fact that an underground river used to circulate there.
The Sentinels: named after the two giant white stalagmites that seem to guard the entrance to one of the galleries.
The Opera: located at the end of the tour, it is a room full of immense stalactites and eccentrics, as well as small flags that form a kind of white mantle.
The Ghosts: certainly the forms of the stalagmites that are observed there. At some point you can hear drops of water falling.
Getting to El Soplao Cave is quite easy, by the A-8 motorway, just take exit 269 to go to Rábago, where you will find the detour to the cave, the rest of the road is very well signposted, so you will not get lost at any time. While the journey lasts, you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes that nature offers you, from beginning to end, you will not cease to be surprised by the panoramic view of the place.