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'Caledonia' nature trail (Platres)

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When the British arrived in Platres towards the end of the 19th century, they noticed something the locals had not seen. Upon this slope, located a few kilometers below the peak of Troodos Mountains, seemed to be a great spot for a vacation resort. In fact, when they saw the waterfalls north of the village, they as though they were back in their own country, and so they named this waterfall after ancient Caledonia.

The trail that leads to the waterfalls is about 3 kilometers long, and it follows the course of Kryos Potamos, the waters of lead to the waterfall. It begins north of the Psilo Dentro area and follows an upward route towards Troodos. There is a 400-meter difference in altitude, from its start to its finish (the altitude is 1200 meters at Psilo Dentro and 1600 meters at the highest point of the trail). One would need 1 – 2 hours to cross through the entire trail.

The trail is hidden beneath a dense forest, with a multitude of intense aromas from the local flora by the river. If you do decide bathe under the waterfall, you should bear in mind that the water is quite cold, even in the summer, and it falls from the rocks with great strength. You will need shoes suitable for hiking, preferably ones that are water resistant, as the trail crosses a river and there is always a possibility of getting wet.

The starting point on the main road from Platres to Troodos (opposite the area of the government vacation homes) allows the visitors to climb down towards Psilo Dentro, which is less demanding than the opposite direction.

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