SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct 25 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Cueva del Viento in Icod de los Vinos was visited by 4,581 people this summer, representing an increase of 49.2% compared to the previous quarter.
Almost 9,000 visitors have passed through this tourist resource, managed by the Cabildo de Tenerife through the public company Ideco, since the beginning of the year, who have been able to see one of the most important volcanic tubes in the world.
The insular sports councilor, Concepción Rivero, explains in a note that in that period “the number of guided routes through the cave has increased to 457, which are done in four languages”, 130 more than in the previous quarter. “which shows the interest that this visit arouses among tourists and residents who spend their holidays in Tenerife”.
Of these routes, 279 have been carried out in Spanish, with a total of 2,783 participants; 72 in English, with 718 people; 58 in German, in which 596 people participated, and 48 in French, which had the presence of 484 people.
Located in the municipality of Icod de los Vinos, the Cueva del Viento is the longest volcanic tube in Europe and the sixth in the world.
Originated by the lava flows of the Pico Viejo, located next to the Teide, it was formed 27,000 years ago and its name is due to the significant air currents that occur inside, the Cabildo collects in a note.
Thus, it is a unique place because its galleries extend over three superimposed levels, it has numerous ramifications that have not yet been explored and it presents a great variety of structures of primary origin such as lava stalactites, lava waterfalls, lateral terraces or lava lakes.
Its physical beauty is compounded by a high ecological, scientific and archaeological value, as it is home to unique species, such as the eyeless cockroach, ‘Underground Loboptera’, and because it houses remains of Guanche burials and fossils of vertebrates already extinct on the island. like the hubara or the giant rat and lizard.