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Gouffre du Padirac

Listed under Caves & Caving in Midi-Pyrenees, France.

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If you can time it so that you avoid the crowds this would be a pretty spectacular experience - you travel around the cave by gondola seeing the underground waterfalls and slimy shimmering limestone formations of this huge underground lake system. As it is you can only do a guided tour which takes an hour and a half (part on foot part in the boats) and there is a fair chance that you’ll end up queuing. The highlight of the trip is a massive domed cave with bright clear pools, it is really pretty special. Topside it looks like a giant hole in the ground but don’t worry there is an elevator.

Written by  Kevin Harper.

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“Gouffre du Padirac”

It is amazing to descend Padirac's massive entrance shaft in an elevator, and then travel the underground river by boat. This is one of Europe's most remarkable show caves. Read more...

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

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