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Natural World Wonder: Cuevas del Drach

Have you ever visited a natural world wonder and thought, “Wow, this looks like something straight out of an Indiana Jones movie?” You keep your hands close to your sides as you walk around, not wanting to trigger any booby traps, waiting for the goons to leap out for an intense sword fight. That sense of both wonder and danger is exactly what is evoked when visitors journey through the Cuevas del Drach in Spain.

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The Caves of Drach, or Cuevas del Drach in Spanish, are also referred to as the Dragon Caves. They extend nearly 2,400 meters (roughly 1.5 miles) and reach a height of 82 feet tall. The Caves of Drach are the most visited cave in Mallorca due to its speleothems and underground lake. The caves contain numerous stalactites and stalagmites of a pure white color. These formations rise from the ground and hang down from the ceiling above the underground lake. Many of the formations have grown together over millions of years, forming a closed pillar.

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The pathway within the caves leads tourists through several caves with mystical names such as “Theatre of Fairies” and “Bad Dianas”, the latter of which was named after the Roman Goddess of the hunt, moon, and nature. The “Bad Dianas” cave contains the underground lake where turquoise water reflects the intricate ceiling formations above.

The Cuevas del Drach date back to the Middle Ages and were explored as early as 1880 by M.F. Will and again in 1896 by E.A. Martel, who discovered the “Bad Dianas” cave containing the underground lake. Between 1922 and 1935, the caves were made to be more accessible by adding a new entrance, building stairs, pathways, etc. Now the Caves of Drach tour contains a boat ride through the underground cave and a concert by the lake, creating a truly inspiring experience of this natural world wonder.

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