Our 5th day in Georgia was dedicated to exploring a bit the area around Kutaisi. As there’s plenty to see in the region, monasteries, caves, canyons, lots of forests and roads going up and down, we had a full day of staying outdoor, walking a lot and admiring the view.
Our first stop for the day was Prometheus Cave. It’s the biggest cave in Georgia, but only a tenth of it is open for the public. It takes about an hour to visit it all and you get a guide that will walk you through the visit and give some info on the cave. It has some cool stalactites and stalagmites formations that are nicely lit with colorful lights for a more attractive look. There’s also an underground river that goes through the cave, which is also used for boat trips inside the cave and taking you outside of it.
Okatse Canyon and Waterfall
This was our trekking trip of the day, as to get to the canyon itself from the ticket office it’s quite a long way. Also, walking inside the canyon on some metal suspended paths can take some time.
Okatse Canyon is a deep forest rift carved by the Okatse river, and there’s a suspended iron path across it, open for visitors. The walk in the canyon itself is about 30 minutes, but if you have a fear of heights it’s not really advisable to check this place out. Otherwise it’s quite impressive to walk above the canyon. For the way back to the parking place, we decided to try one of the local ‘taxis’, a Toyota Delica, a car that can go anywhere on the Georgian bumpy roads. This ride worths all the money 🙂
Our plan was to also check out the Martvili Canyon during this day, but in the end it didn’t fit our schedule and we decided on the spot to check out the Okatse Waterall which is 7 km away from the canyon. It’s nothing very spectacular, but since we were in the area…
Map of the trip: