Oaxaca's Tourist Guide
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Caves & Caverns

Introduction

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The physical formation of the Oaxacan territory, which includes limestone, favoured subterranean currents in the formation of great calcareous and vertical wells that time transformed into extraordinary natural monuments.

In the State, there are caverns or grottoes of all shapes and sizes; the most important of which is the "Cueva del Chev" (Chevs Cave) explored for the first time in 1996. Up to the present time, 14 miles (23.5 kilometres) have been explored, and a number of bones and utensils for the celebration of Pre-Hispanic rituals have been found. The Apaola, in whose interior there is a big lagoon, is linked directly to the legend of the Mixteca nation foundation.

In the Mazateca Sierra of Huautla de Jimenez, we find a series of caverns that, because of their interior characteristics, have been subject of studies by foreign groups specialists in advanced speleology. Foremost among them is "El Sotano de San Agustin" (San Agustins Cellar) considered one of the deepest in America and the world.

It is important to mention that among Oaxacas great number of grottoes, we can observe numerous and capricious forms shaped by the wisdom of time aided by Mother Natures resources.