Gruta Alambari de Baixo


Useful Information

Location: 1h walk from Barrio da Serra.
Open: After appointment. [2019]
Fee: Park: Adults BRL 13, Children (0-12) free, Seniors (60+) free, Disabled free, Students BRL 6.50.
Cave: fee for guide.
[2019]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave limestone, through cave
Light: none
Dimension: L=890m, VR=32.
Guided tours: a guide is mandatory
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
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Address: Gruta Alambari de Baixo
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History


Description

Gruta Alambari de Baixo (Cave of Alambari from Below) is the resurgence of the river Alambari, hence the name. The Alambari river comes from the region of Camargos and vanishes in sinks. This is the lower of two caves in the area and has access to the cave river. The other cave is named Alambari de Cima. Actually the tour requires some walking in deep water, which makes this trip quite adventurous. However, the head is always out of the water, and for security reasons the guide has a lifevest. If you have one you should bring it. Also some water proof box or bag for your camera. Beneath the necessity to walk in the water this cave is actually one of the easiest caves of Petar as there are no technical difficulties.

The cave is reached along the river Alambari, the sink of the river is a portal 10m high and 20m wide. However, this sink is dry as the river flows below the cave and vanishes before it reaches this old sink. From the entrance a descend over large blocks of debris leads to the first chamber, which is still illuminated from the protal. After another descend the cave river is reached and the main passage is normally filled with about 30cm of water. We guess gum boots or neoprene shoes are a good idea. There are various collapses, where blocks have to be climbed to continue on the other side. The water becomes deeper and close to the exit it reaches a maximum of about 1.50m. For the deeper parts a security rope exists. Finally the resurgence of the river on the other side of the hill is reached.