The summer is over and so is vacation for most of us. However, there are some great places you might want to check next year and you can start making plans already. There is a wonderful place in Lebanon which might be the next great trip for the adventurers. This amazing place was discovered by French bio-speleologist, Henri Coiffait in 1952. Since then, this became one of the most picturesque places, not only in Lebanon. The name might be explanatory enough, before knowing how it looks. There are three limestone caves that became natural bridges sculpted in the rock. The Baatara Gorge Waterfall formed during millions of years and the waterfall feeds with melted water from Mount Lebanon, then falls 250 meters into the chasm, behind the bridges. It was not very clear where this waterfall goes next once hitting the ground. In 1962 they discovered after a descent of 200 meters that there is a huge underground lake. In 1988 they managed to track the water up to a spring in Mgharet al-Ghaouaghir, therefore the waterfall is supplying the area with fresh water. The spectacle offered here is outstanding and it takes your breath away just looking at it in the picture. Imagine then how it looks in reality, especially in May and April when it is the best time to visit it. Just two hours from Beirut and you’re there.
Text: Diana Porumboiu
September 15, 2014