|| Home |||April-15th-2003|
The "Gola d'Alcantara" is a up to 20 m deep gorge which the river Alcantara has dug through volcanic rock over millions of years. The 400 m long canyon is very narrow and enclosed by high basalt walls. If you like to walk through the gorge, you must wade a short way through ice-cold water (it has never more than 14°C). Every now and then the level of the river is so high that you even have to swim, as it was with us. Then the question always is - where to leave your cloths and stuff. We had this problem and we decided not to swim through the canyon because of the risk of hypothermia. We were content with taking pictures and making video recordings and refreshing us somewhat in the cold water.