Caving in Costa Rica

Creep and crawl through the tunnels and waterways of the Venado Caves (cavernasdelvenadocr.com) in Costa Rica’s tropical north. A limestone labyrinth winding beneath the earth for almost three kilometres, Venado gives young spelunkers a truly immersive introduction to caving: while some caverns soar to 35 metres, others require squeezing through super-snug passages (one is called The Birth Canal, so you get the idea). Besides the obvious thrills, Venado is chock-a-block with vampire bats, giant spiders, crabs and eyeless fish. Gross, grubby and totally great.

Parental pointer: A change of clothes and a towel are essential. The caves are best suited to kids aged eight and up, and aren’t appropriate for anyone with even the mildest case of claustrophobia.

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