Caverna do Morro do Couto

Caverna do Couto - Couto Hill Cave

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Location: Petar National Park, Nucleo Santana.
(-24.5340553, -48.7002288)
Open: Park center: all year Tue-Sun 8-17.
Cave: no restrictions.
Fee: Park: Adults BRL 13, Children (0-12) free, Seniors (60+) free, Disabled free, Students BRL 6.50.
Parking: Car BRL 6, Motorcycle BRL 4, Bus BRL 12.
Cave: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave Speleologyriver cave.
Light: none
Dimension: L=471 m.
Guided tours: L=400 m.
Address: Caverna do Morro do Couto.
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Caverna do Morro do Couto is a through cave, which is connected to the nearby Caverna do Morro Preto. The cave is partly a river cave, and the small brook coming out of its entrance forms a waterfall right below. The cave is visiting walking up the brook to the other side. On some places wooden ladders allow to climb over higher steps of the river bed.

The visitor sees on his trip almost the whole cave as he crosses the hill underground. The lower entrance is rather small, only 1 m wide and 2 m high, but the upper entrance is a nice highlight of the tour, as it is 30 m wide and 50 m high.

This cave visit is strenuous because of the water. Despite the rather high water temperatures, this cave trip is suitable only to physically fit visitors. Water proof light and rubber boots are a very good idea.