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VISITOR CENTER CUEVA DEL LLANO Print E-mail

This visitor’s centre, with almost 400m of accessible cave, is unique within the Canaries. The cave was constructed from a volcanic pipe of considerable dimensions, and is accessed via a large jameo (part of the tube whose roof has collapsed) divided into two branches. The north branch, which is larger and more inclined, is some 500 metres in length, and visitors can easily access some 400 metres of this branch.

 

spin Throughout its history man has put the cave to different uses. These include a corral for camels, a poultry coup and an arsenal. In recent decades the cave suffered a state of degradation that threatened the ecosystem of the cave.

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In a study carried out by the Faculty of Biology of the Universidad de La Laguna unusual results were seen. Without doubt the most spectacular discovery was that of the opilionid (harvestman) Maiorerus randoi, an arachnid that does not spin a web. This species is exclusive to Cueva del Llano, which is the only cave on Fuerteventura with a suitable environment. It is also one of seven Canarian arachnids in danger of extinction.

 

Maiorerus randoi is an example of a species adapted to the eternal darkness of a subterranean life. As a result it has lost its pigmentation and is a yellowish colour. Its eyes, useless in the subterranean depths, have completely wasted away. This species is an example of what is sometimes called a living fossil, there being no other similar species in the Canaries. Its ancestors probably arrived on the archipelago in a former time when the climate was more humid.

 

Among the fauna of the volcanic pipe there are also other new species, Spernophorides fuertecavensis wunderlicht, another arachnid that is adapted to its environment, but not to the same extent as Maiorerus randoi. To ensure the conservation of both these species, along with others within the ecosystem, measures have been taken to restrict access to the areas where they live, as well as to control the humidity.

 

The southern branch is completely silted up, apart from a section excavated by the Cabildo. In this stretch there is an important paleontological site, rich in the remains of vertebrates and gastropod fossils and sub fossils.

 

Reasons for Creating the Centre

 

According to the president of the Cabildo, it is the importance of this section from a scientific and cultural point of view, together with the rest of the cave that caused the Cabildo to go ahead with the creation of the museum. Valuing the possibilities to convert the site into an important cultural centre that would allow its visitors to have the opportunity to access the reconstruction of a very important part of the past of our islands.

 

He also says the result has been excellent, because the centre, importantly limited in its exterior construction, has been taken as a model of intervention in many international forums.

 

The primary objective is the protection of the cave. Before the Cabildo began to develop the museum, the cave was completely without protection, allowing indiscriminate visits, which could have had a serious effect on the fauna that lives there.

 

The Museum

 

Once the work was completed, the museum was developed in conjunction with experts in the field from the Cabildo of Tenerife.

 

The result is a museum based around four themes.

 

1 The geological history of Fuerteventura.

2 Volcanism and the formation of volcanic pipes.

3 The evolution of biodiversity on Fuerteventura.

4 Subterranean life endemic to the cave.

 

The project is based on a finca where the entrance to the cave is located. A Majorero style building has been created and the entrance to the cave has been created close to the jameo with a wall surrounding it.

 

The low building includes a foyer, an exhibition room, a gift shop, a cafeteria, toilets and stores, with a total area of 425 square metres.

 

Prices 5€ per person,

Children under 12 free.

Groups of 10 or more 3.75€ per person.

 


Telephone 928 175 928

 
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20 August 2018




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