Visit to the three caves at Cueba Bosá

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Savonet-Cueba Bosa 20141002 035 smallClose to the border between the Christoffelpark and the neigboring area of Wacao there are several caves. At Cueba Bosá three caves are located; the most Western one (cave 1) is easily accessible to the public; the second one is closed to the public but we got special permission to enter this cave; the third cave is open to the public but not so easily accessible because there is no path cleared to this cave.
The archaeology sleuths gathered at the entrance of the park at 8 AM on Thursday October 2, 2014. With two cars the trip was made to the area of the caves. The route to the caves is clearly indicated. Close to the three caves of Cueba Bosá there is also a small cave with indian drawings.

After parking the cars at the small parking lot we followed the signs towards the first cave. There is a path to the entrance of this cave. If you want to explore this cave on your own don't forget to bring a flash light. Especially if you want to go into the cave. And that is certainly worth it. There are nice stalactites in this cave although we have the impression that in all three caves a lot of the stalactites are gone because of the excavation of the guano (bat droppings) that took place in these caves. We could clearly see where originally the floor of the cave was. By excavating the guano the stalactites lost their support and broke off.

The first cave is the smallest of the three. The second one is the largest with a length of about 120 meters; this cave has a extra large chamber to the right of the main path. This cave is closed to the public to avoid disturbance of the bats inside this cave and because the remaining guano is not really healthy for humans. We got special permission to enter this cave. This cave is very impressive. At most places you can easily stand upright. The chamber to the right of the main path is called the white chamber and it is obvious why. The walls are white. Unfortunately people cannot withstand this white wall and have to leave a permanent mark of their presence. This goes from "Bin Laden cave" to lots of names of the visitors to this cave. Really a shame! Also a good reason to close this cave to the public.

There were indeed lots of bats in this cave. Central in this cave there is a chamber with a high ceiling with a window. A perfect place for us to take a rest and eat our apples.
After the rest we continued our search of this cave toward the farthest point. Also there is a small window in the ceiling where a lot of bats were gathering.

Our next visit was to the third, the most Eastern cave. This cave is about 110 meter long. The entrance is easy but soon we had to crawl literally on our belly to pass a low ceiling. Behind that point we could once again stand upright. This cave had several large windows in the ceiling which makes it possible to go through this cave without a flash light. We used an alternative exit through a small window to leave this cave.

Our last visit was to the cave with indian drawings closeby. These indian drawings had to be protected because also here people were putting their own names between these historical indian drawings.

All in all a very nice hike. Not that we covered a lot of distance. We walked and crawled this time only a small distance and mainly in the shade, But the views were very impressive. Enjoy the pictures!

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The map of the three caves is taken from the book "Caves of the Netherlands Antilles" by P. Wagenaar Hummelinck.