Cave of Chinguaro History
According to a legend recorded by Alonso de Espinosa in 1594, a statue of the Virgin Mary bearing a child in one hand and a green candle in the other (hence "Candelaria"), was discovered on the beach of Chimisay (Guimar) by two Guanche goatherds in 1392. This occurred before the Castillian conquest of the island (the island was not fully conquered until 1496).
One of the shepherds tried to throw a stone at the statue, but his arm became paralyzed; the other tried to stab the statue with a knife but ended up stabbing himself. The statue was taken by the local Guanche Mencey Acaymo, to the Cueva de Chinguaro.
At first, aboriginals identified the Stature as their goddess Chaxiraxi(the mother of the gods), but later the Christian conquerors explained that the image was the Virgin Mary.........
So, the Cave of Chinguaro was the first resting place of the very important “Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria” which now resides in the Basilica at Candelaria.
The coordinates given above are for the parking area and the first instruction to follow. It is a container the size of my thumb. There are three stations and a small offset, all clearly indicated as you find each station. You will want to spend 30 or 40 minutes here as it is extremely interesting and that is sufficient to find the cache.
As always take a pen and a camera