Gruta de Botuverá


Useful Information

Location: Ourinho, 15 km from Botuverá Center. 30 km from Brusque, Santa Catarina.
(-27.225257, -49.157952)
Open: MAR to AUG Tue-Sun 8-17.
SEP to FEB Tue-Sun 8-16.
Closed on Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, 24-DEC, 25-DEC, 31-DEC, 01-JAN.
[2020]
Fee: Adults BRL 25, Children (4-12) BRL 12.50, Children (0-3) not allowed, Students BRL 12.50, Seniors (60+) BRL 12.50.
Rental of shoes and socks BRL 5.
[2020]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave Precambrian limestones.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=1,200 m.
Guided tours: D=45 min, Max=15.
Daily max: 195 people, 13 tours.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Bibliography:
Address: Parque das Grutas e Cavernas de Botuverá, Rodovia SC 486 S/N Ourinho, Botuverá - SC 88370-000, Tel: +55-47-359-1100, Whatsapp: +55-47-984-409-996.
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History

1998 opened to the public.

Description

The Gruta de Botuverá, named after the village Botuverá, is a rather young show cave. It was developed by the Prefeitura Municipal de Botuverá (City of Botuverá) and the Fundo Nacional do Meio Ambiente (Ministry of the Environment). The speleological research was done by the Grupo de Estudos Espeleológicos Açungui.

This cave is famous for its wealth of speleothems, including travertine walls, curtains and so-called cauliflower, a boulbous calcite dripstone. The cave has no river, which is generally a drawback for the amount of troglobiont species living in the cave. Nevertheless 35 species of invertebrates, among them 6 endemic species, were found in the cave. Seven species of bats live in the cave.