NATURAL WATER PARK IN EUROPE
My friend told me about major travel destinations for adventure in Europe and best canyoning region in entire country of Slovenia – Bovec. Because we are the kind of family that chooses to travel around Europe for three weeks with an Interrail train and Nest campers, sleep in private rooms and experience exciting outdoor adventures. We Google searched Kata adventures page and canyoning as the absolute best things to do in Bovec.
FAMILY FRIENDLY TOUR OPERATOR
I called the canyoning tour operator to get a detailed breakdown on what we would encounter during the day of canyoning in Sušec. My husband and children love water activities, thus it was me who had second thoughts to the tour being too much to handle. Katja was patient and honest while I was quizzing her which finally made me feel sure Sušec is a beginners canyoning tour and the one for our family, excluding the drama of 127 hours movie I’ve imagined.
LITTLE JUNGLE ISLANDS
The morning we reached Predel pass, the peaks of Julian Alps had reddish glove, impossible to describe. Little settlements peeked out from Soča valley forests and looked like little islands lost in the jungle. Even our kids were quietly enjoying the moment!
At Kata office in Bovec we received all necessary equipment in condition close to new and from reputable brands. We were ready for our family canyoning tour to begin.
CANYONING TOUR IN SUŠEC
We walked easy uphill trail, which later on descends on scree to the creek, where our kids staged a hilarious canyoning dress up. Snug as a bug in a rug we were for run down of how things work in canyon and safety check.
Activity instructions sounded like climbing, just going down and getting wet. In guides’ words scrambling down natural water park with obstacles and going over the edge of fantastic tier falls.
Traversing beautiful stream with small cascades, which induce to plunge into water, builds up excitement all the way towards the end. If you’re never to be the one to say no to a good time like us, you’ll completely submerge by then.
BRILLIANT ADVENTURES WITH KIDS
We enjoyed rock slides up to 5 m in height, jumps from 2 – 4m tall waterfalls and lastly abseiled 12m water toboggan. Though on the 5 m cavern waterfall my heart was pumping adrenaline. I even dared commenting it looks like the dragons’ nest. You can imagine I encouraged my kids’ imagination.
It didn’t confuse the guide though. He came up with a brilliant story for the kids to overcome planted fear seeds, saying we have to smile to blind the dragon and make a big splash at the plunge in, to take out it’s blowing fire. However fathers must go first with the rope to tie down the dragon and moms must descend at the end to make sure the dragon doesn’t escape. I was thankful for this relaxing abseil experience, yet the kids were enjoying exciting atmosphere.
EXPERIENCE FOR THE BOOKS
Over 16 waterfalls in Sušec canyoning tour present captivating beauty all around – layers of geology, clean water experience, family friendly outdoor adventure and fun canyoning insight. Our tip for escape from the crowds is to book ahead online and to avoid July and August. Nevertheless with someone who is properly trained, good-natured and confident in their skills, Sušec canyoning is the adventure experience for the books.
Written by Katja Rogelj. Photography by Jost Gantar, STO Slovenia & Kata Adventures.