La Cueva del Viento, in Tenerife, has been visited by 12,380 people in the first half of the year, which represents 87% occupancy with respect to the total number of places offered.
Only the number of visitors for the first six months of 2022 almost reaches that of all of last year (12,499 people), the Cabildo de Tenerife specified this Friday in a statement.
From January to June, a total of 947 guided tours were offered in four languages, of which 458 were in Spanish, 271 in English, 156 in German and 34 in French.
To these must be added another 28 visits by groups and students and tourists coordinated by tour operators.
Located in the municipality of Icod de los Vinos, the Cueva del Viento is the longest volcanic tube in Europe and sixth in the world. Originating from the lava flows from Pico Viejo, located next to Mount Teide, it was formed 27,000 years ago and its name is due to the significant air currents that occur inside it.
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 drops, lava waterfalls, lateral terraces or lava lakes.
Added to its physical beauty is a high ecological, scientific and archaeological value, as it is home to unique species, such as the underground loboptera eyeless cockroach, and houses remains of Guanche burials and fossils of vertebrates already extinct on the island such as the Houbara or the giant rat and lizard.