The Magic in a Drop of Water
Situated in the Lot département, in Quercy Perigord, the Gouffre de Padirac is a natural chasm 75 metres deep and 33 metres in diameter which is open to the air on the Causse de Gramat Lot, below it, 103 metres deep, a river flows. Édouard Alfred Martel, explored 2,400 metres of this in July 1889, accompanied by Louis Armand, Emile Foulquier and Gabriel Gaupillat. The underground river is reached using lifts or staircases, and then you are taken on a strange 500-metre long boat trip 103 metres under the earth. After disembarking at the Rain Lake, you are taken on a guided tour of the Great Caves with formations finely wrought by billions of drops of water. Guided tour 1½ hours.
Open every year from Easter to All Saints.
Timetables available on www.gouffre-de-padirac.com
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