In total, they form a group of 450 caverns and only 10 chambers have access to the tourists. Each is about 35 meters high on average and many are interconnected. 600 meters is the total route.
The rest is a conservation area reserved for speleologists, responsible for exploring and studying this type of formations.
Exploring them is an exciting adventure for those who do not suffer claustrophobia and do not mind getting wet or muddy. Inside the caverns are activities such as climbing walls or "crawling" through holes. On the tour you can find bats, spiders and marine fossils.
In Venado, San Carlos at 45 minutes from La Fortuna. Arrive to La Fortuna, enroute to the town of El Tanque and head north to Monterrey (use signage); from there you will go to Jicarito´s town and take the route to the left that leads to Venado. From there they are three kilometers to the east, heading to the caves.
The caves are open every day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The best option is take tour or bring the speleology equipment.
The cost range is $15- $40 depending on what is included and the transportation from.
The tours last 2-3 hours inside the cave.
Schedules vary between 8:00am - 3:00pm
The Caverns of Venado were formed 15 or 20 million years ago, during the Miocene period. These were under the sea level and thanks to movements of tectonic plates left part of the surface.
The caves were discovered by the Guatusos's aborigines and are formed by limestone, stalactites, stalagmites and corals. The entrance to the caves was discovered in 1962. The cave consists of 12 chambers of different sizes, some of them are quite narrow and low and sometimes you have to cross underground rivers.