|Location:||Ciencia. Nearest village Archidona 14km away.|
|Fee:||Guided tours $2 / person|
The Lonely Planet, Ecuador p 296 ”you must bring your own lights and equipment„.
Yuill, Jackie (2001): Under the Jungle, A Visit to a Show Cave, Ecuador Style. The Grampian Speleological Group Bulletin Fourth Series Vol 1 No 1 October 2001 pp 20, 25-26.
Sket Boris (1979): Favna jame Cavernas de Jumandi, Nase Jame, 20, pp 86-91.
Pete Lancaster (1983): Two Caves in Chile and Ecuador, Cambridge Underground 1983 pp 40-41
P. Brown, P. D Brown (1981): The Jumandi Cave of Ecuador, BCRA Caves and Caving 14 (Nov. 1981) pp 26-28
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The Cavernas de Jumandi (caves of Jumandi) are three different caves. One of them is an river cave. This part of the cave is regularly visited with tourist groups. The visitors have to walk through the bed of the river, over boulders and rimstone pools. Fortunately the water is very warm.
The caves were named after the cacique Jumandi, who was a resistance fighter against the Spanish conquistadores.
In the cave river a white cave fish lives.
The cave is situated at a small leisure complex with snack bar, swimming pool and flume. The cave entrance is some 4 to 5 meters wide by 6 to 7 m high, a modest stream flows out of the entrance. It is necessary to wade through pools and climb waterfalls until the dry series is reached. Here the passage, often less than 2 m high twists and turns, passing through small chambers, almost filled with stalactites. Eventually the upper entrance is reached. A steep, tricky, muddy climb aided by tree roots leads to the surface. The way back to the leisure complex is just as difficult. A muddy slide down through the jungle.
Text by Tony Oldham (2001). With kind permission.