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Cave Lepenitsa- Velingrad

Author: М. Иванова, 12.6 km From Velingrad.    , Адрес: Velingrad, на 12 км. от Велинград
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   12 km from Velingrad municipality is located Rakitovo cave cave. Is 1,525 meters long and 975 meters above sea level is in 10 m displacement Cave "Lepenetsa" in the Western Rhodopes at the foot of Mount Syutkya.

   Access to the cave and it Velingrad and Rakitovo. It is a very attractive tourist destination. It is the entry to 1400 meters and still no one has seen what nature has left in its millennial history. On 11/9/2010 d cave open to tourists. Some of the rooms have attractive names like "Armani", "Concert Hall" and "Landslip". From the cave have been mapped and studied 1,525 m are preserved unique formations and incredibly beautiful shapes - stalagmites, stalactites and stalactones, cave pools, drapes, pearls and roses. The cave has three floors, the bottom goes underground river. In rainy weather on the second floor are formed four lakes in the absence of rain, the two lakes. The last third floor is dry, but unfortunately inaccessible. Cave fauna is very rich and interesting. Notable are 24 different animal species, six of which are troglobiotni, those who live only in caves. Cave In "cave" There are six species of bats. Constant temperature in the cave is about 10 degrees.

   Today the cave is now a tourist site. But more than 50 years it was completely inaccessible to tourists. For the landmark was declared in 1960 Visiting It comes only with a guide and specialized equipment, not larger groups of 10 people. The movement takes place only in strictly limited routes. Do not allow the use of alcohol and other drugs, and smoking during a visit to the cave, cracking and touching various caves. Most of the time goes by very narrow corridors, and many places have low and bending. In most corridors wading water. Visiting the cave 'cave' is an extreme experience.

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