Amazing Vikos - Voidomatis River, Zagori

Amazing Drone footage of Vikos - Voidomatis River Zagori GREECE
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Located 30 km north of Ioannina, the Vikos gorge is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Greece. Its length is around 12 km- or 24 if you also count the Vikaki gorge, beginning next to Monodendri village- while its limestone formations, extending up to a height of 1700 meters, date back to 37- 150 mil. years ago.

The springs of Voidomatis river create a spectacular sight, which becomes even more impressive when melt-water coming from the nearby mountains fills the adjoining river. The gorge is part of the 12,600 hectares Aoos-Vikos national park, designated as such in 1973. It has been listed in the Guinness book of world records as the deepest canyon worldwide in proportion to its width, yet this claim has not been universally recognized. Surrounded by steep mountain tops, its dense forest consists mostly of deciduous trees, with about 1700 plant species and subspecies- including five local endemic ones and twelve that are not found anywhere else in the country.

The park's fauna is equally rich and includes wolves, does, brown bears and wild cats. Unfortunately, and despite the area’s protected status, illegal hunting continues to pose a serious threat, having already pushed certain species near extinction. In 2010, another bear cub was found killed; its paws had been cut off, presumably to be taken home as a bloody souvenir. Bear footprints are not often observed in the gorge, but they remain a far-from-rare sight in the surrounding mountain slopes, especially on melting snow during the springtime. Recommended route Vikos village- Klima (Megas Lakkos gorge): The beginning of trail is easy to spot, on your right hand just after you enter Vikos village. A big signpost displays information about possible routes and their estimated duration. Descend the paved path until you come to a fork in the path; the left one leads to a small church, built by the banks of Voidomatis and visible from above. Take the right one, towards Monodendri village, without ever crossing to the left side of the river. For most parts of the year, you will only see flowing water in the first section of the gorge, coming out of the springs of Voidomatis. The rest of the river is filled with