Gruta da Torrinha

Cave of Torrinha


Useful Information

Location: 4km from Iraquara (Bahia). From Iraquara via highway BA-432. Follow the signs.
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Classification: quarzite cave ExplainKarst cave
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Dimension: L=8,210m.
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Address: Gruta da Torrinha, Eduardo Martins, Iraquara.
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History

1850 discovered.
1994 surveyed by the Brazilian Society of Speleology.

Description

Gruta da Torrinha is maintained and guided by Eduardo Figueiredo da Silva, the owner of the land where the cave is located. Fortunately he is very careful and protects the beauty of the cave.

Gruta da Torrinha is one of the largest quartzite caves of Brazil and thus of the world. The official survey is from 1994 with a total length 8,210m. Later discoveries were less carefully surveyed and so the inofficial length of the cave is around 13km.

The most interesting features of the cave are definitely the numerous aragonite and gypsum minerals. It is said to contain the second largest aragonite flower in the world. Impressive is also the abundance of helictites.

The cave is not developed, but rather easy to visit as it is mostly horizontal. A guided tour takes approximately two hours and includes some crawling. The passages are mostly river passages with scallops and roof pots. Layers in the rock form strange patterns as a result of the erosion. Visitors get a helmet, but its a good idea to prepare and bring your own lamps, sturdy walking shoes, and clothes to change afterwards. As the cave is very dry you will not get muddy, just dusty.