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Samariá Gorge

Hiking in the Samaria Gorge
The Samaria Gorge is considered the "Grand Canyon" of Europe. This 16km trek is best started in the mid-morning to allow enough time to hike and to avoid the crowds that start the trek early. The gorge became a park in 1962, and is famous for the "Iron Gates" - a narrow spot where the walls of the gorge tower to over 1,000 feet, with a width of only 13 feet! You may even spot a kri-kri (a wild and rare Cretan goat)! This photograph was taken in October (late in the season) when I led a kayaking expedition in Crete.

Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
During our adventure to Greece, we got the chance to hike the about 15 mile hike through the Samaria Gorge, starting from the top. With canyons on each side of us, we walked through green forest areas and along streams, each with hundreds or more rock statues along the way.