Caves of Wakambeis

Wakambeis is approximatley 2 hours south of San Juan Bosco by car. From the comunity, the caves are an additional 20-30 minute walk. The trip requires an overnight stay in Wakambeis, accomodations being the Community House, and food being prepared by a local family. The hiking conditions vary with the weather, and can best be described as MUDDY.


The hike to the community involves following a trail through actively farmed land with interspersed areas of primary and secondary jungle. On any given hike, 40 different species of birds can be seen, several blooming orchids, and other spectacular sights.




On the floor of the caves, dozens of sea shell fossils can be found, a deep insight in understanding the origins and age of the caves.

 

One opening to he cave has a distance of 200 meters according to a recent measurement!!



BIODIVERSITY

  • There are two bat species that live in the caves, including the infamous jungle vampire bat (right), which plagues local farmers with new born cattle, as the bats suck the blood leaving the animal weak and powerless to develop.


  • There are also a few spiders and other insects lurking on the walls of the caves.



  • Deep within the cave, there are actually plants growing near the flowing stream at the in the cave.





  • Also growing within the cave is this strange organism, believed to be a fungus, which has some branches over 2 feet long.

 



POSITIVE ASPECTS OF TOURISM

  • Tourism provides an alternative source fo income for the residents of Wakambeis, money directly from the tourist goes directly to the community.

  • Protecting the caves and the jungle near them are now a community priority.

  • A community fund is in place to implement a community green house, a project which will help both the community and tourists.





 

 

VISITING WAKAMBEIS

  • For more information regarding tours of the caves and surrounding areas, please contact
    David Goucher.

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP


Wakambeis receives about 1 group per month to visit the caves. The people of Wakambeis realize the touristic potential, and are actively protecting them, requiring paid local guides to enter and explore. Removing rocks and mineral deposits are strictly prohibited, as is throwing trash.

 

 
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David R. Goucher