Underground Expeditions: all on where to go pt. 2
Written by Valentina Romano
Since a lot of you enjoyed our previous article on underground expeditions, I thought of writing another one featuring more underground places for you to go visit.
Amongst the expeditions that The Golden Scope decided to include in this piece, are: Kungur Cave in Russia, Cappadocia’s underground cities in Turkey, Napoli Sotterranea in Italy and Mexico’s underground rivers.
Kungur Cave is located inside the ice mountain of Kungur, not far from the city of Perm in Russia. When there it will be possible to choose between two underground tours, both of which are only 2 km long. Kungur Cave was first discovered in 1733 by Professor I.G. Gmelin, and since then the cave has been subject to several experiment and scientific researches.
CAPPADOCIA’S UNDERGROUND CITIES
When in Cappadocia , Turkey, you must go visit the underground cities ofTatlarin, Derinkuyu, Ozkonak, Mazi Village, Kaymakli and Gaziemir. All those towns were built in caves or under the ground as a defence mechanism against enemies and animals. People habiting Cappadocia during the Bronze Age – which was the era during which those cities were built – did not have the means to build walled cities, so in order to protect themselves they hid underground or inside caves.
Everyone must have heard of the beautiful city of Napoli – Naples – the place where pizza was first invented. Well, what people don’t really know about this city, is that below those chaotic streets, there is a hidden town: the so-called Napoli Sotterranea. This underground town is composed by a group of caves all linked together by small tunnels. During the 1st and 2nd World Wars people used to hide for weeks inside those caves to escape from bombs. Before becoming a city, Napoli Sotterranea was an aqueduct.
MEXICAN’S UNDERGROUND RIVERS
The Mayan Riviera in Mexico doesn’t just have stunning beaches and amazing historical towns, but it also offers incredible underground tours! Alltournative, Rio Secreto and Hidden Worlds are the three best underground expeditions that one could do. During the first one – Alltournative – you will have the chance to swim under water, and don’t forget to bring mask and snorkel or you won’t be able to see what’s hiding at the bottom of the cave. The Rio Secreto is an underground river that can be visited during a 2 hours guided tour. Finally, the Hidden Worlds is an adventure park totally built underground. This adventure park is a must-visit as it is absolutely unique.
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