The Dalyan Rivers and Waterfalls journey begins with a scenic drive through the Liquid Amber Forest. A fantastic day out that will combine wading through cool shallow river, walking in the forest, a delicious fresh lunch in Yuvarlakcay and watching the locals (and quite often your guide!) leap off the top of a waterfall! This is a perfect day in the summer, allowing you to cool off in the clean mountain air.
You will be picked up between 09.00 am and 09.30am from your Hotel or Villa, we will then make our way through the Liquid Amber Forest, where we will have a short stop for photographs. It will take us total 30 minutes to our first stop: Toparlar Waterfall
Toparlar Waterfall: A 15 -30 minute awe-inspiring walk to Eden, depending on the pace, fitness, age of the group
You can’t dive into the Toparlar waterfall pool without a short walk. There’s no parking lot right next to it! (luckily!) Once you leave the ‘parking lot’ behind, it is hard to believe that the main road is so nearby. You instantly are in another world. At some points the walk is quite steep but not unmanageable.
You will have to cross the stream on two different occasions. Not a major issue, but this walk, while short, is not suitable for people with mobility issues. Alternatively, you could make turn this into a light version of canyoning and keep following the stream below instead of the land trails. Regardless, make sure to wear appropriate footwear, as the terrain is slippery and rocky.
After the walk, diving into that pool and swim in the refreshingly crystal clear cool water probably is the most rewarding during high summer. Watching the locals jump into the water from up high, you may even feel brave enough to jump in yourself. If not find the perfect spot on a rock, toes in the water and enjoy some fresh melon whilst watching the brave.
Visiting the waterfall as first stop of the tour both helps with walking as it can get quite hot in the afternoon, but we also avoid the crowded jeep safaris in high season. This way we usually have this little garden of Eden all to ourselves and some individual local visitors, whom company we really enjoy.
After the waterfall, now all down-steep, we will walk back to our minivan. Driving through the mountains taking in fantastic views of Koycegiz Lake our journey will take about 30 minutes until we stop and you will have a chance to explore the beautiful, natural countryside around the village of Beyobasi.
The next part of the journey is a scenic trek through the gorge, where waterproof footwear, sneakers that can get wet or sandals are required. Walk will be partly in water, some parts slippery. We will walk to a number of irrigation channels. These channels transport water from the hills down to the local agricultural areas. Here we will lay down in the channels and gently drift back Turkish style through the water. Like a natural waterslide!
We have a short, amazingly scenic walk to our tucked away in a forrest Trout Farm Restaurant where we will have lunch. An open buffet of starters, followed by a choice of either fresh trout, chicken, meatballs, slow cooked lamb or stuffed mushrooms. A vegetarian option is also available. Food will be plenty and exceptionally amazing.
Here you will get to enjoy the pools to swim, jump from high swings, watch locals do their shows or join them.
On this trip you will get to enjoy Dalyan Rivers and Waterfalls like locals do.
After our swim, we will have some leisure time, with coffees, teas and we will head back to Dalyan.