Caves of Aracena


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Aracena

Ararcena

In the flyer you receive when you buy a ticket for the Gruta de las Maravillas in Aracena you can read the following text: "This beautiful cave, the biggest and the most wonderful in the world, is located in the bowels of the hill on which the castle church is built and where the ruins of the old fortress can be found. The beauty of its lakes, the spaciousness of its chambers and the marvelous colours of its wide variety of stalactites and stalagmites, form in its entirety something almost impossible to surpass. Water has written a poem through the silence and slowness of the centuries."

We have nothing to add to this, for indeed these cave is very likely to be the most beautiful in the world. At least it is the most beautiful we have seen.

Aracena

Aracena

This cave being the most beautiful in the world, it should be very unlikely that anyone would be screaming to get out before even reaching the point halfway of the tour. But, this is what happened to us. Let us tell you why.

First, the guide did not speak any English. This should not be a problem, because you don't need to know a lot of Spanish to understand the basics of tours inside caves: when the cave was discovered, how big it is, how much rock between the top of the cave and the surface, the stalagmite that looks a lot like the face of an Indian, and so on.

Second, together with us was a busload of Israelians. One of them spoke Spanish a would act as a translator. Unfortunately, he translated into Hebrew instead of English.

Third, about 4 or 5 other members of this group thought it was absolutely necessary for them to act as co-translator, repeating or questioning the words of the translator and adding a few words of their own. You can imagine the following discussions resulted in a terrible cacophony.

Aaaarrgghh !!!


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