The natural reserve of the Gorges of the Ardèche river is an ideal playfield for the sportive ones, but also an oasis of calm the the nature lovers. And this is true for the above ground and the underground worlds. The most magnificent caves were rearranged to allow everybody to explore them. Let’s go to a out of time trip!
The Cave of Saint-Marcel : the 6th biggest underground network in the world.
The cave offers you a 1 hour visit to enter a enchanting word out of the hands of time. There you will feel the natural and pure mineral elements and wander in a track dug by an ancient underground river. Since thousands of years, the stalactites and stalagmites had been growing up , sometimes they even met in a wonderful mix of blazing red and impeccable, pure and shinning white. Two sound and light shows are going to amaze you. One of them takes place in the natural waterfalls of the cave, these are made out of “gours” which are holes dug by the river. These shows will leave you speechless and fill your eyes with stars.
This cave is a spot well known for speleology lovers thanks to its 60 kilometers of gallery.
The caves of the Gorges of the Ardèche : to discover again and again
All he caves in the Gorges are totally different, each of them has its specificity. For example, the Cave of Saint-Marcel is remarkable thanks to its waterfall and gigantic rooms. Them the Madeleine cave has beautiful concretions looking like curtains made out of pure and glimmering calcite. The Orgnac cave has its wonderful forest of stalactites, its breathtaking sound and light show and its numerous speleological activities. And last but not least, the Chauvet cave with its rupestrian paintings that are the oldest in the world, this site is classified as a UNESCO world Heritage. Sadly this last one is closed to the public curiosity, but a wonderful reproduction opened during spring 2015: the grotte Chauvet 2 – Ardèche.