Time  4 hours 25 minutes

Coordinates 1015

Uploaded July 24, 2016

Recorded July 2016

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near Osredak, Ličko-Senjska (Hrvatska)

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Route made by the hiking group SERMAR.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest, oldest, most famous and most visited of the national parks of Croatia. It has an approximate extension of 300 square km in a set of more than 20 lakes of incredible turquoise water, more than 90 waterfalls and a dense forest of beech that are crossed by marked itineraries and through wooden walkways that help preserve this wonderful and fragile natural set that since 1979 is part of the list of World Heritage Sites.
The creation of the lakes is due to the karst and dolomitic stones that form the environment and whose dissolution and erosion has created pools and dams where the KORANA river channel is dammed. The park is therefore a wonderful natural phenomenon where bears, wolves and other native animal and plant species live.
The park has an area of ​​33,000 hectares, although the lakes area only occupies 1% and is formed by the Superior Lakes (a total of 12 lakes) and the Lower. Both areas are connected by the great Kozjak lake that is crossed by boat in one of the park's queens excursions that also has a small train that visits some of its most emblematic places. The Upper Lakes are characterized by their crystalline and limpid waters, while the Inferiors present the intense turquoise blue characteristic of Plitvice. In the area of ​​the Lower Lakes there is the largest waterfall in Croatia, the Veliki Slap (Great Waterfall) and the Šupljara Cave, the most famous cave in the park.
To access the park there are 2 separate entrances for just 3 km, the northern entrance "Entrance 1" and the southern entrance "Entrance 2". Regardless of the entry you choose, it is possible to make a circular route to return to the starting point. When acquiring the entrance they provide us with a map so that we can choose a route depending on the time we have, there are routes of 2 hours and up to 8 hours. The visit can be made on foot through roads and wooden walkways, taking boats to cross the lakes and with special electric vehicles included in the price of the entrance.
We started the walk from car park 1, logically entering through Entrance 1.
Soon after entering, we already have some beautiful views of the Grand Cascade (Slap Plitvice) of 78 meters high, it is the highest waterfall in Croatia. This great waterfall is at the end of the low lakes and is considered to be the most beautiful of all the Plitvice waterfalls. The training is different from the others. In fact, while the other waterfalls of Plitvice are pouring water from lake to lake, this great waterfall originates when the Plitvic River that comes from the West precipitates after having traveled about 3 km from its source.
Below we have a nice view of the last two lakes, the Kaluđerovac lake on our left and the Brod Novakovića lake on our right.
We continue descending until we reach a wooden path between the two lakes mentioned. The turquoise blue is impressive. The fish come to the edge of the catwalk.
At the end of this one we turn to our right following the indicator towards the Great Waterfall. The Brod Novakovića Lake is also on our right. According to a story, a hajduk named Novaković was thrown from his horse on this lake. Other reports say that a man named Novaković offered boat trips through this lake. It is the last lake in the park and the one at the lowest altitude, 503 m.
We continue advancing until reaching the base of the formidable Great Cascade (Slap Plitvice) that as we say has 78 meters high. Here you have to make an obligatory stop to make immensity of photos and enjoy the place.
After enjoying this beautiful place, we return along the same wooden path until we reach the footbridge that runs between the two lakes, but now we continue heading south along the Kaluđerovac lake (Lake Monk or Lake of the Hermit). According to the account, a monk or hermit (in Croatian kaluđer) used to live here, either in Šupljara (cave right next to the water) or in Golubnjača (cave on the edge of the canyon); People came here to seek their advice. Its altitude is 505m and it is surrounded by a canyon with walls of more than 40 meters.
As we say, we skirt the lake on its west side until we reach the beautiful waterfalls that come from the upper lake. The wooden path continues along the waterfalls to reach the eastern margin.
After a slight climb we reach Lake Gavanovac or Lake Gavan. According to legend, the treasure of a man named Gavan (the Gavanovo treasure) is hidden in this lake. The lake is 514 meters high and has several caverns on its banks.
We continue enjoying by the lake until we reach the next lake, which is none other than Lake Milanovac, according to the legend the lake owes its name to a shepherd named Milla who drowned in it, and according to another legend the name comes from Miller Miller Perišić who owned a mill on this lake. It is the largest of the lower lakes and the deepest with 18 meters.
Thus we come to a passage between the lakes from which we can already see the jetty. We move now by the other margin to reach a recreational area, where there is a restaurant service with tables and banks and public services.
After a short break in this area, we approach the pier where you always have to stand in line to board the boats that will take us to Lake Kozjak (Lake of the Goat). We are in the largest lake in the park and the deepest, which is also the last of the upper lakes. As I say it is crossed in a boat that enters with the price of the entrance. According to the legend some 30 young goats fled from wolves during the winter and ended up drowning in the lake when the layer of ice that covered the lake broke. It seems that the island in the middle of the lake was used to protect the goats from the wolves.
It is about 7 kms by boat on the lake to reach the port. After descending from the boat, we head west to border Lake Gradinsko. This is a lake located at 553 meters and has as particularity that there are several travertine barriers that cross it, it is also one in which the color changes of the water are more spectacular. The place is occupied by lush vegetation between small transparent lagoons, while the wooden path winds between them. They say that the name comes from a building (in Croatian gradina) or monastery that was located in this place. At the end of this lake we find a beautiful waterfall that precipitates from Lake Galovac.
We ascend along the waterfall and reach the aforementioned Lake Galovac. Apparently, a bandit chief called Captain Gal who defeated the Turks in the fifteenth century, was defeated in this lake, another legend tells that it could also have been named in honor of the brig Galović. The lake is fed through a barrier of travertine in which the waters of the previous lakes are found.
You can continue to visit the rest of the high lakes, but time is short, so we cross the lake by the wooden walkway and begin to descend to the pier on the other side.
Once on the jetty we crossed Lake Kozjak, but now it is a small trip of about 200 meters. Once we disembarked it is only to go up to exit 2, which could also have been accessed and a few meters above, next to Hotel Jezero we finished the route.
In summary, we visited a beautiful Natural Park, the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Zadar (Zagreb). Its large area of ​​almost 20,000 hectares makes it the largest of the eight national parks in Croatia, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 1979. A calcareous hydrographic phenomenon.

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Pasarela de madera

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Panorama

1as Vistas de la gran cascada Veliki Slap

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2º embarcadero

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3er embarcadro

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Embarcadero

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Entrada 1

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Gran Cascada

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Gran cascada Veliki Slap

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Lago Galovac

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Lago Gradinsko

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Lago Kozjak

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Parking 1

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Puente de Madera

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Área de descanso - Bar cafetería

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Hotel Jezera

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Lago Gavanovac

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Lago Kaluđerovac

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Lago Milanovac

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Lago Novakovića Brod

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Parking 2

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Salida (Entrada 2)

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