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Croatia - Plitvička Jezera

We had to drive back to Zagreb to catch out flight home to Canada. We also gave our cousin a lift home back to Zagreb and even though he lives not far from Plitvice Lakes, he has never been! So we thought we would take a couple of hours and go check out the main waterfalls and stretch our legs in this beautiful peace of heave.

From Wikipedia: "Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). Each year, more than 1 million visitors are recorded.

The national park is world-famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria.

The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from the mountains, descending from an altitude of 636 to 503 m (2,087 to 1,650 ft) over a distance of some eight km, aligned in a south-north direction. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two square kilometres (0.77 square miles), with the water exiting from the lowest lake forming the Korana River.

The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

The highest waterfalls are the Large Waterfall (Veliki slap) at the end of the Lower Lakes, over which the Plitvica river falls, and Galovački buk at the Upper Lakes."

The Large Waterfall is the only section we had time for. Actually the last time were were here was right after the civil war in 1998 and this section was still closed to tourists due to land mines and John never had the chance to see it. So we thought it was a great opportunity to stop in on our way out.

Here are some images of this gorgeous park. Someday I would love to be able to walk the entire park.

There are walkways and boardwalks throughout the entire park.

The colour of the water is truly amazing.

The lakes are full of fish, mostly trout. The water is crystal clear and you can see right to the bottom.

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