Calabria

Water and land routes

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Crystal-clear and transparent waters, unspoilt nature and fairytale scenery. This is how the Pollino National Park and the Lao Valley will welcome you, as you descend the river during the extraordinary rafting adventure, amidst panoramas that preserve their purity and variety of natural species.

Waters to be discovered crystal-clear and transparent, like those protected by the Potamoi, Greek river gods, who still seem to accompany the flow of these watercourses, amid unspoilt nature and fairytale scenery. This is how the Pollino National Park and the Lao valley will welcome us, as we descend the river for the extraordinary adventure of rafting, amidst landscapes that preserve their purity and variety of natural species intact. The great canyon created by the Lao river is about 200 metres deep and along its rocky walls are caves, ravines and marvellous natural spectacles that recall archaic scenarios. We will get to know the deepest identity of this rugged and untouched land, a UNESCO heritage site since 2016. Travel with us among waters and myths, among unspoilt landscapes, immersed in nature!

Programme

Day 1

Laino Borgo

Arrival in Laino Borgo in the afternoon and accommodation in an agriturismo. Depending on arrival time, free walk through the narrow streets of this small village surrounded by greenery, on the border between Calabria and Basilicata, until we reach the Sanctuary of the Madonna dello Spasimo, the only Sacro Monte in southern Italy, also known as the Sanctuary of the Chapels because of the small sacred places, faithful reproductions of the main religious architecture of the city of Jerusalem. In the evening we will indulge in a dinner based on traditional local products at our agriturismo.

Hotel planned for days 1 and 2
Agritourism Al Verneto or equivalent
Programme
Arrival in Laino Borgo in the afternoon and accommodation in farmhouse
Optional walk through the village with a visit to the Chapel Sanctuary
20:00 Typical farmhouse dinner and overnight stay

Day 2

Rafting on the Lao River

We will leave in the morning to reach the starting point of the rafting trip, where expert instructors will prepare us for this fun adventure, an experience suitable for everyone, descending the Lao river. In the afternoon, we will take a nature trail that will lead us to the Grotta del Romito, a very important archaeological site testifying to the human presence in these places since the Upper Palaeolithic. At the end of the visit, dinner is free, followed by a return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Lunch at
Lao River Camp or equivalent
Programme
09:00 - Rafting on the Lao river;
1 p.m. - Lunch on the banks of the river;
16:00 - Visit to the Romito Cave
8 p.m. - Free dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3

End of tour

After a hearty breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye and meet up for a new adventure in the Pollino National Park!
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