Located in the county of New Mexico (USA ), we find what is perhaps the most beautiful cave seen by the human eye: [Lechuguilla Cave](http://www.resurgentsoftware.com/Lech.html). It was discovered in 1986 by a group of scouts and after several years of expeditions it was discovered that it occupied 196 km of galleries full of amazing mineral formations.
It is difficult to imagine what the first group of cavers must have felt when they first visited this amazing cave. Surely they would be amazed to find that under the arid desert of New Mexico there could be crystals with such exquisite forms.
The first clue that made researchers be attracted by this cave was the amount of gypsum founded in this area. This cave was formed from the erosion that sulfuric acid provocked on the limestone for millions of years. This erosion produced gypsum crystals that rule the entire landscape of the cave.
Inside they found totally unknown formations like huge cones over five meters high covered by small crystals or the presence of bacteria that feed directly on the limestone covering the cave, a major discovery being the first outdoor lifestyle that does not depend on sunlight to get food.
More than one and half kilometers deep it is the Chamber of the Candelabra. This is where we begin to doubt that there can be so amazing and beautiful formations in nature. We refer to immense structures over six meters high composed of crystals of indescribable beauty.
Of course this is a highly guarded treasure and it is extremely difficult to obtain the necessary permits to visit Lechuguilla Cave. Currently only a few reputable scientists and researchers have access to it, and the average of visits is of only two persons each year. But perhaps while admiring pictures of this cave you feel like being a caver, even if it is only to aspire to be just a moment in this hidden paradise.
Lechuguilla Cave is by far one of the most amazing discovered natural areas. It can't be compared to anything you have already seen. A demonstration of the ability of our planet to leave us speechless.