Returning to Plitvicka Jezera, this time hiking the upper lakes

Again aided by their trusty driver and guide, Stjepan, the Adventurers headed out early to see the other upper part of Plitvicka Jezera (using Croatian). L was pretty tired when she posted their hike from yesterday, so some more background on what is clearly Croatia’s top tourist attraction.

Granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979, Plitvicka Jezera is comprised or 16 lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. (And all they was were some fish, alas.)

Yesterday they hiked to the tallest fall seeing other cascades along the way. Today they focused on the upper area of the park, taking a short boat trip before embarking on about a 3 1/2 mile hike.

In most respects this was a prettier hike than yesterday, going through woodlands while stopping to see the various falls and cascades.

They’d gotten there before the crunch of the crowds and the combination of this being the less popular route and their early morning departure mean from time to time they had the trail to themselves, although not for very long.

Slightly more than half the paths are wooden catwalks, some with stairs with no railings. L was not thrilled with that aspect but she pushed along and enjoyed the beauty.

D had first heard of Plitvice when he was teaching geography. L was glad that he insisted that they make it a stop on their Croatia trip…

Walk to and from carpark/easy/2miles
Hike around upper lakes/moderate/3 1/2 miles

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