Photo tour: Beautiful caves

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From stalactites and limestone to glaciers and grottos, you might be surprised what the caves of the world have in store for you.

Deep within the crevasses and caverns that hide beneath our feet lie some of the most spectacular sights Mother Nature has produced. From stalactites and limestone to glaciers and grottos, you might be surprised what the caves of the world have in store for you.

Beyond the stunning sights, some caves also offer thrilling tours like rafting or ziplining. Others use magnificent lights to illuminate the pools and rocks within, and some are even used as sites of worship. Khao Luang Cave in Thailand, for example, is one of the region’s most esteemed Buddhist temples, home to hundreds of golden Buddha statues. Closer to home, you’ll find one of the largest cave systems in the world hiding in New Mexico. Carlsbad Caverns has long been known for its unique limestone formations and grandiose stalactites.

Take a look into these hidden wonders with this photo tour of beautiful caves around the world.

Marble Caves, Colorado (Image: Paula Christensen)
Marble Caves, Colorado (Image: Paula Christensen)
Smoo Cave, Scotland (Image: subflux used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Smoo Cave, Scotland (Image: subflux used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Halong Bay Caves, Vietnam (Image: Dave_B_)
Halong Bay Caves, Vietnam (Image: Dave_B_)
Cango Caves, South Africa (Image: andy jou)
Cango Caves, South Africa (Image: andy jou)
Reed Flute Cave, China (Image: Bernt Rostad)
Reed Flute Cave, China (Image: Bernt Rostad)
Reed Flute Cave, China (Image: Bernt Rostad)
Reed Flute Cave, China (Image: Bernt Rostad)
Khao Luang, Thailand (Image: danielpeherstorfer)
Khao Luang, Thailand (Image: danielpeherstorfer)
 Vallecito, California (Image: A Silly Person used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Vallecito, California (Image: A Silly Person used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Sonora Caves (Image: binarybana)
Sonora Caves (Image: binarybana)
Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico (Image: gnalnad used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico (Image: gnalnad used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Luray Caverns, Virginia (Image: joncallas)
Luray Caverns, Virginia (Image: joncallas)

(Main image: malcolmcerfonteyn)

Photo tour: Beautiful caves was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.