It has been a temporary abode used in a variety of eras and one of the newer sights in the Rhodopes to open to visitors in recent years


Tipiceto cave was explored for the first time in 1978 by the Studenets speleoclub - town of Chepelare. In 1986, paleontological drilling studies were carried out and cave bear bones were found and are now kept in the collection of the Rhodope Karst Museum in the town of Chepelare.

During a cave expedition in April 2007, it was mapped by the Dervent cave club - Veliko Tarnovo and Mursalitsa TD, and a team of paleontologist and two archaeologists from the Regional History Museum in Smolyan studied it up to a sterile layer. From it, it was judged that Tipiceto was a temporary abode, used during different eras. Ceramic bone fragments, one clay spindle vertebra and an iron nail were found. The discovered fragments of cups with buckels on the handles and mouths with incised holes below them, dating from the Early Bronze Age, have analogies in the Early Bronze settlement of Ezero, near Nova Zagora.

The cave was renovated and opened to visitors in 2019. It is a single-gallery room with a length of 73 m and a height of 0.50 m. The floor is covered with thermogravitational deposits of ridged marble gravel. Individual rock blocks can be seen at the bottom. The entrance is oriented to the west and has a semicircular shape. It is located at the base of a small rock ring. It is characteristic of it that it is developed in marbles.

It is located next to the Smolyan villages of Mogilitsa and Borikovo. Tipiceto cave can be reached by the 4 km long eco-path starting from the village of Borikovo. It is easily accessible and suitable even for trekking with children. The other option is on a dirt mountain road with an all-terrain vehicle that can be rented from the village of Mogilitsa.

Attractive rock paintings have been made in the cave, recreating scenes from the life of prehistoric people. They are original works of the Smolyan artist Boris Kisyov. In it you can also see a replica of the skeleton of a cave bear, which in an authentic way creates a visual idea of this prehistoric species.

It is perfect to combine with a visit to the Varhat panoramic site, Uhlovitsa cave and Agushevi konatci.