Underground or above ground, Lot is beautiful and full of amazing sights!
Journey to the centre of the earth !
The subterranean world of the Department of Lot is equivalent to what you discover on the surface: wealth and beauty.
In Lot, there are many chasms, caves and palaeontological sites. There are at least 8 open to the public. This is what makes Lot one of the richest departments in France in underground cavities.
Go underground to explore and discover them and their fascinating stories will take you back a few years. You will be amazed.
How could you imagine while wandering around these limestone plateaus and valleys that an incredible life exists underground. There, you will find your child's heart by discovering this fairyland of caves.
Padirac Chasm is a monumental natural cavity located 4 km from the Ventoulou campsite. It is among the most emblematic caves and chasms and the leading underground site in France. The opening is 35 meters in diameter and the chasm plunges 75 meters below the surface of the plateau. At the bottom, 103 meters underground, flows the Padirac River, winding through a network of over 40 km of galleries! The tour is partly by boat on the underground river and then on foot.
The ride down by a small electric train takes you to a magical world, a succession of halls where the concretions are reflected in the water of the little underground lakes. Then we find ourselves in a cave of 2,000 m² where the black light makes the rock sparkle. Equipped with formidable acoustics, the cave is sometimes turned into a concert hall during the summer, after the tours. If you have the opportunity, it is a special experience to share.
The Presque Caves have the most beautiful stalagmite pillars. Some, such as “Les Cierges” are very refined and can reach 10 meters in height. Easily accessible even with young children, you can admire an uninterrupted series of concretions with varied hues and graceful and elegant forms.
The Prehistoric Cave of Wonders:
Shallow and modest in size, the cave's crystalline concretions are the first thing that visitors see. Once accustomed, the eye then distinguishes some of the seventy parietal paintings identified by prehistorians. Over 20,000 years ago, men came to paint outlines of hands, deer and dots... as a result of these paintings, the cave has been listed as a Historical Monument since 1925.