22 Aug

     On trips with the kids, we try to mix up the “ancient ruins,” the physical challenges, and the relaxing.  Sometimes the ruins masquerade as the physical challenges, and sometimes the physical challenges are more chill.  Saklilent was the latter, literally.

Saklikent is a canyon gorge that is 300 meters deep and 18 km long (Wikipedia claims it is one of the deepest in the world).  The gorge was formed as the melting snow in the Taurus Mountains made its way through the Xanthos Valley to the Mediterranean Sea at Patara Beach.* 

Unfortunately, my middling photography doesn’t show how tall the gorge walls are or how incredibly blue the water is.   Take my word for it, it is tall and extremely narrow and crystal clear.  A guide helps you up the gorge, in the freezing water, across rapids, through and around various hazards (mainly climbing slippery, wet marble and granite). 



You can walk 4 km of the gorge when it is at its lowest water level.  The whole family made it past the big waterfall about 3 km in.  After that, Kevin and the guide went the extra kilometer through neck high rapids and some dicey climbs to the second waterfall.  The kids and I played with mud and met some Kiwis while we waited.  Once reunited, we headed back out the same way we came in.  Doesn’t it always go so much faster on your way back…

Outside the gorge, the river widens and you can tube down it to the sea.  We opted to just have lunch and dondurma (Turkish for “ice cream”) on the platforms beside the river.   Ahhhh…


For all of our Saklikent pictures, click here.

*Blog post to follow on Patara…


2 Responses to “Gorge-ous”

  1. thebrianhealy August 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    wow that place looks incredible!

  2. warren zolot August 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    great looking trip. wish we were there. reminds me of stuff we did in NZ/Warren

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