Rivière Souterraine de Labouiche Caves and chasms in Baulou

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Opens at 10:00 am

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Location : À la montagne

Province : Ariège - Foix and the countryside

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  • English spoken
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    • The Labouiche underground river, an unmissable discovery south of Toulouse

      It is in Baulou, 6 km from Foix, that the magnificent underground river of Labouiche extends, 1 hour south of Toulouse. Discovered in 1908, it has been open to the public since the 20th century to the delight of young and old alike, amazed by these galleries formed in the center of the Earth. Fear not, you will be accompanied by a passionate guide in a floating boat on the river.

      The Labouiche underground river, an unusual visit to the depths of the Earth

      In Ariège, in the heart of the Pyrenees, don't miss an extraordinary expedition that takes you on a journey through time. In these underground galleries, objects from Prehistory and the Gallo-Roman era were discovered, anecdotes recounted with pleasure by your guide for the day. No, it is not a free visit since the Labouiche underground river has a typicality, its means of transport. It is by boat that you can explore the magnificent carved limestone rocks, highlighted by soft, warm lights in a cave atmosphere. Using the strength of their arms, your traveling companion moves the boat welcoming groups of up to 12 people, commenting throughout the visit on the concretions, stalagmites and stalactites formed over time. Some even have magical names like the “unicorn” or the “witch”, keep your eyes peeled so you don’t miss them!

      The Labouiche underground river, what you need to know to enjoy this cave in the Pyrenees

      If it's your first time six feet underground, we advise you to take a vest , because it doesn't get more than 13°C at a depth of 60 meters. Likewise, remember to wear good sneakers to be able to descend the 200 steps without falling during the guided tour. Rest assured, the efforts will mainly be made by your guide, while you will be comfortably seated in your boat. Allow 1 hour 15 minutes to take the time to ask your questions and, above all, to admire the incredible geological wealth present in the underground galleries. Did you know that the Labouiche river is the longest navigable river in Europe? We understand better why the course is 1,500 meters long. Garden with trees, large parking lot, shaded picnic area and marked trail, it's easy to spend the day there. Take a look at the shop before leaving, they have nice souvenirs.

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Traveller Reviews Rivière Souterraine de Labouiche

4.5 sur 5 2762 reviews

  • Hitomi Oshima

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Hitomi Oshima on 20/07/2023

    Very informative and educational place with very well trained people who explain and guide us through the cruise on the underground river. Highly recommended to reserve in advance. Need to wear good shoes and have at least some cardigans to put on for the cruise as it is quite cool down there even during the hottest days of summer!

  • Robin Curnow

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Robin Curnow on 29/08/2023

    An utterly fantastic visitor experience. We took a 3 and a 74 year old with us and we all loved it. Stunning caves and a brilliant tour guide who manhandled the boat expertly while providing bi-libgual commentary throughout. Quite a lot of steps at one side, but 100% worth the visit. Thank you!

  • Beata King

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Beata King on 21/05/2023

    Just had an incredible adventure at the Underground River of Labouiche. As we descended into the depths of the Earth, the enchanting beauty of this subterranean world unfolded before our eyes. 😍 The stalactites and stalagmites formed breathtaking natural sculptures, and the crystal-clear waters sparkled in the soft glow of the cave's lights. ✨ The boat ride through the river was like a journey through time, as our guide shared fascinating stories about the geological formations and the legends associated with them. 🛶📚 It felt like stepping into a magical realm, filled with wonder and awe. If you're looking for an unforgettable experience, I highly recommend visiting this hidden treasure. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the mesmerizing moments that will stay with you forever! 📸🤩

Traveller Reviews Rivière Souterraine de Labouiche

4.0 sur 5 122 reviews

  • "Excellent river trip"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Beej56 (Norwich UK) on 28/06/2023

    Amazing trip on the underground river. The limestone features are well worth the climb down the stairs. Bit cool down there so take a waterproof jacket and sensible shoes. The guides that pull the...

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  • "A unique experience and great fun"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by ChericoRL (Hereford, United Kingdom) on 14/09/2022

    This was our second attempt to visit the river, the first time we didn’t pre-book and there was no availability. This time we pre-booked online and it was well worth trying again. Our guide was...

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  • "Unique, Old fashioned underground boat tour"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Claude M (Vence, France) on 02/07/2019

    We enjoyed this tour on a super hot day, so this activity gave us a break from the heat. Just plan to be dressed for the 53 F / 13 C temps. You need to be able to walk on wet surfaces (2 boat...

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Rivière Souterraine de Labouiche

Address

rivière souterraine de Labouiche
09000 Baulou

GPS coordinates

43° 0'12.54"N, 1° 34'23.42"E

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