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Spelunking in Venado Caves

Underground, somewhere near Arenal Volcano
Costa Rica
Nov. 23, 2006

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Up a long and bumpy dirt road, down into a valley and up a river, a crack in the mountain opens into this cave filled with bats, spiders, and million-year-old stalagtites. We had to crawl through an underground river and squeeze through a tiny passage called "the birth canal." We had the place to ourselves, just us, our guide, and the cave photographer who delighted in sneaking off and lying in wait in dark corners making mysterious animal sounds.