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    Fall Break: Kaklık Caves

    After a day at the beach, we headed back north to Pamukkale to break up our dive to Ankara. We decided to check out Kaklık Caves, which are 40 minutes north of Pamukkale. There is a strong sulfur scent in the air from the waters.


    Kaklik Cave sulfur smell


    Entrance cost 2TL. (The Müzekart did not work here.) There was a small cafe (don’t eat there, it’s dirty) and a pool you could pay to swim in. It took less than 30 minutes to walk through the caves. There were travertines just like Pamukkale.

    It was a fun little stop, but I don’t recommend going out of your way to visit this site.


    Kaklik Cave light


    Kaklik Cave light


    Silhouette in cave


    Kaklik Cave travertines


    Cave wall


    Kaklik Cave travertines


    Cave safety


    Kaklik pool


    This man decided to take off his clothes, jump over the barrier, and go for a swim:


    Kaklik pool


    After the caves, it was back to Pamukkale!



    SB14: Škocjan Caves Park, Slovenia

    After our morning in Ljubljana (still David’s birthday!), we drove 50 miles southwest to Škocjan Caves Park. The caves are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The visitor center was under construction, so our tickets were discounted. Also due to renovations, part of the caves were closed, but we got to see a different section that wasn’t usually part of the tour.

    We piled into an elevator that took us down the hill closer to the entrance of the cave.


    Elevator lift


    Škocjan Caves Park


    Cave cliffs


    The caves were carved out by the Reka River:


    Cave river


    Outside the cave


    Škocjan steps


    Cave entrance


    Škocjan Caves Plaque


    We followed a trail of stairs up and back down a section of the caves. I think the tour guide said it was around 100 meters high where we stood. It was cool inside the cave, but not as cold as I thought it might be. Photography wasn’t allowed inside, but David accidentally took this one:


    Inside Škocjan Caves Park


    It was interesting to see the structures and ledges the early explorers used. There was a super old bridge high above where we walked. Amazingly, very few people died exploring the Škocjan Caves. Young boys did a lot of the initial explorations. They were good at squeezing through tight spots and climbing the walls.

    You can see a 360 degree virtual tour on the cave’s website.


    Us at Škocjan Caves Park




    After the caves, we walked to a lookout point that had a fantastic view of the valley:


    Caves and river


    Škocjan Caves Park


    We love to explore a balance of both city and nature when we travel, and we really liked the caves.

    After a few hours at Škocjan Caves Park, we drove back to Croatia. Our lack of pre-planning caused a few troubles in Krk…


    Here’s a recap of the trip:
    » Day 1 & 2: Zagreb, Croatia
    » Day 3: Bled, Slovenia
    » Day 4: Ljubjlana, Slovenia
    » Day 4: Škocjan Caves Park, Slovenia
    » Day 5: Krk, Croatia
    » Day 6: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
    » Day 7: Split, Croatia