If you seek adventure…
And you are looking for a unique trip idea for your next vacation, consider touring one of these underground locations.
The Poco Encantado: Brazil
Considered by many to one of the world’s coolest underground wonders, this enchanting location is set along the eastern border of the Chapada Diamantina range near Andarai in northeastern Brazil. It is an underground lake with a window that looks out to the Bahian jungle above it. From April to September, the sun sits in the perfect spot above the cave, flooding it with light and turning the water a deep, mysterious blue. It is so clear that you can clearly see 200 feet to the bottom where there are ancient rock formations.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves: New Zealand
The word Waitomo is a combination of two Maori words, “Wai” meaning water and “tomo” meaning entrance. The literal translation of the word is “a stream which flows into the hole in the ground.” The caves of Waitomo are a world renowned spot because of its high population of glowworms that illuminate the caves. The spot is a heavily traveled tourist site and popular with locals as well due to the beauty of the glow worm. Unique to New Zealand, the Arachnocampa Luminosa is hard to miss. Its unique luminescent light creates a beautiful blueish white glow that fills the caves, leaving visitors to feel like they are traveling beneath a starlight sky.
Forestiere Underground Garden: Fresno, California
In 1906, a young man who had emigrated from Italy by the name of Baldasare Forestiere began to build a unique structure in Fresno, California. Inspired by the Roman catacombs he had toured in his youth, Forestiere began to excavate the hardpan layers of Fresno’s soil to build himself an underground home. By the time he finished the project some 40 years later it had a summer bedroom, a winter bedroom, a bath, a fully functional kitchen, a fish pond and a parlor with a fireplace. It also had a beautiful exterior that includes beautiful stone walls, high archways, a grotto and a courtyard. What makes the three level structure even more interesting is that he built the entire project without a single blueprint for planning.