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Would You Like to be a Cave Tourist?from: Maxx Adventure Travel
Caves are attractive environments that showcase ancient deposits underground. There are numerous caves to explore throughout the world, such as Torca Del Cerro in Spain, Orgnac Cave in France, Aurora Cave in New Zealand, etc.
Though some caves are wild, there are some accessible caves that are easily explored. Cave exploring groups, such as Cody Cave explorers based in British Columbia, offer some great adventure.
1. School Tours: These are offered in June and September each year. School tours in some caves are part of the curriculum for team building, ecology, environmental conservation, earth science and the like.
2. Group Tours: One hour tours are given by cave exploring teams for groups of 10 or more. There are two guides who usually accompany the explorers. A minimum of 20 visitors at a time are accommodated inside the cave. The group tour package is available during the summer months.
3. Specialty Tours: Different people have different reasons for exploring caves. Some are just curious about what a cave looks like; others are just have an opportunity to use their photographic techniques. Other people get into cave explorations to explore the mythical, symbolic, or spiritual dimensions of the caves. Whatever interest you may have, groups of cave explorers can offer cave tours for different group.
Tours and Prices
Two cave guides usually give a one hour tour for teachers, students, parents, etc in about 200-300 meters of the cave. These guides also present related information about the cave, like caving ethics, history, or tips in cave exploration. For ages 13 and over, a $13.50 fee is paid and for those ages 12 and younger, there is a $9.00 charge as a regular admission fee. The first guide is paid $120 and if required, $95 is given for the second guide. 10% discount is given for groups in the regular admission. A $10.00/ person fee applies for larger groups.
A three hour tour is also available for groups ages 14 and up. A minimum of six members per group are assigned for each guide. This kind of tour is more challenging and is beneficial for those classes involved in team-building training. Certain cave exploring equipments are required such as cave boots. The group must be prepared for any challenges inside the cave. A waiver is signed by all participants as part of the insurance policies. The fee is $40.00/person.
Every cave tour has different themes; what's important is for the group to know that whatever reason they have for entering a cave, each tour must be for the principle of education, safety and entertainment.
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