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Exploring the mystery of the caves
Peru also offers destinations for cave and cavern explorers to develop their speleology techniques.
The Huagapo caves (Tears of the Mighty) are located near the city of Tarma (Junín). There is an opening of more than 20 metres that leads to a cave full of stalagmites and stalactites, with subterranean rivers down to a depth of up to 2,000 metres. Certain rock formations have been given names, for example the Weeping Virgin.
The Cueva de las Lechuzas (Owl Cave) in Huánuco, 545 km north-east of Lima, displays its mystery at the base of the hills known as the Sleeping Beauty, and is considered one of the main attractions of the Tingo María National Park. The cave is thus called because it a habitat for guácharo birds, otherwise known as owls. The cave contains a wide range of rock formations, flora and fauna, particularly bats, swallows, enormous spiders and various species of flower. Only 400 metres of the cave have currently been explored.