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Rafting in the Osumi Canyons - The Exotic Canyons of the 8 Waterfalls

Fatjon Kaloci
Osumi Canyons are 26 km long and 450 m above the sea level. It is believed that they have been formed 2-3 millions years ago due to water erosion dipping into the earth. Through all of thair straits, a lot of underground passages and unexplored caves can be found.
It is generally believed that these canyons have substituted ancient passages over Corovoda's river, given that through time the ceiling of these passages were destroyed and gave way to the various shapes of the nowadays canyons. Osumi Canyons are the largest in Albania and according to many prestigious geographical studies, among the largest in Europe. The Canyons have a marvelous ecosystem that can preserve itself very well. We can mention Mediterranean bushes like heath, briar and different kinds of fish as permanent features of this ecosystem.
In slopes of the canyons, erosive activity has created a rock chain, one of the rarest found in Albania.
In Osumi Canyons are 6 straits with the canyons width ranging from 1.5 m wide in it's riverbed up to 35 m wide up in the slopes. Within the Canyons you will find beautiful spots that have exotic names like "The Cathedral", "The Eye" and "Demon's Gate", The erosion though years has given to the canyons, the appearance  of an edifice of a natural cult which can give you a magic impression since the first glace.
The view they offer when you see the canyons from above is really breathtaking but the experience when you're actually having a walk or rafting is even better.

Rafting in the Osumi Canyons
The trip will provide magnificent scenery as you float by the Canyon walls and will certainly make for a memorable experience. Eight waterfalls, a cathedral, the unspoiled nature and the soothing sounds of running water combine to create a truly unique trip.
A packages lunch is prepared in advance and will be served under the blue waterfall. The river trip lasts about 2.5 - 4 hours and depends largely on the water level. Difficulty level is considered as class 3. Period between February to June.

Exploration of the Osumi Canyons
The canyons have a unique ecosystem that you should not miss. This experience can be exercised during the summer and the autumn months, when a refreshing swim in the river's water pool is most welcomed and floating on the waves isn't dangerous due to low water levels. The canyon exploration lasts from 3 to 5 hours, depending on the pace of the group ;). The group accompanied of professional guide experience different adventures such as water hiking along the river bed between the slopes of the canyon, swimming in the natural pools of Osumi River, Climbing on some of the canyons trails etc. Period July to September.

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