Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Harrison's Cave

Harrison's Cave is a really fascinating natural wonder in Barbados.  Unlike other Caribbean islands that were formed from volcanic activity, Barbados is comprised of coral reefs and this sponge-like material creates a natural aquifer (hello fresh water supply!) as well as unique eco systems (like gullies) within the island.  There has been a huge reconstruction of the whole site as a tourist and educational attraction as well as a huge push to preserve the natural reefs, gullies and plant life.  Here's the entrance to the caves-- these huts cluster together to make different villages and seemed eerily like a Lost film set.

Huge trees and gorgeous flowers everywhere

The tour took us about 200 feet underground (though still 700 feet above sea level) into huge caverns with domed ceilings all filled with stalactites and stalagmites formed through the mineral rich water that drips down.  There were several pools of water and small waterfalls throughout and the sound of rushing water could be heard echoing through the caves.  We were allowed to take pictures but b/c of the darkness and tricky nature of flash photography, couldn't really clearly capture what we saw.  Here's a video I took at a point of the tour when we had a little more light that I hope can help convey the magnificence of this natural wonder!

Oh and just wanted to include this pictures as you know my love for irreverent signage!

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