Cueva Palacio del Rey

Cueva del Condor

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Location: From Bajo Naranjillo, take the track towards the South crossing San Miguel, 40 minutes walk. Nueva Cajamarca district, Rioja province. (-5.85596, -77.39402)
Open: All year daily after appointment.
Fee: .
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: bring torch
Dimension: L=155 m, VR=8 m, A=980 m asl.
Guided tours: cave trekking, D=1 h.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Bibliography: Fabre O. Bigot JY, Guyot JL (2014): Pérou, Alto Mayo 2013, Spelunca , 133: 9-11. pdf
Address: Cueva Palacio del Rey, Asociación de Desarrollo Económico Sostenible, Tolentino Julca, Tel: +51-942-012102.
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22-SEP-2003 explored during the 2003 Pucará expedition.
07-SEP-2013 explored and surveyed by the Alto Mayo 2013 expedition.


Cueva Palacio del Rey (King's Palace Cave) has a narrow entrance which leads to a series of chambers which show impressive speleothems. The cave was named because the pillars resemble a lush kings palace. The cave is visited on guided tours and is gated. It was known for a long time to the locals, but the first speleologic exploration was in 2003. The single passage has no side branches and ends in a collapse. It is interpreted as a fossil level of the resurgence of Peña Blanca, located further down.