Gouffre de Padirac, Padirac
Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Grab comfortable shoes and a warm sweater to explore Gouffre de Padirac, a 33-m (108-ft) wide natural chasm that's 13 C (55 F) all year long. After you descend 103 m (994 ft) using the elevator, lifts, and staircases, you'll board a boat on the the subterranean river for a 500 m (1,640 ft) ride. At Rain Lake, resume your tour of the Great Caves on foot, past formations wrought by a millennia of erosion from flowing water. The caves and surrounding parks are family friendly, with children's activities, a picnic site, a restaurant, a park, and a gift shop. To avoid long lines, book advanced tickets online for admission, the tour, and elevator access. Arrange your visit to Gouffre de Padirac and discover more family-friendly attractions in Padirac using our Padirac itinerary maker.
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Visite décevante, trop commerciale, et depuis que les champignons et autres pollutions se développent (trop de CO2 à cause des visiteurs, trop d'acide, trop de lumière), la direction du site a dû rédu... read more »Visit disappointing, too commercial, and from fungi and other pollution are growing (too much CO2 because of visitors, too much acid, too much light), the site management has had to cut the lights, where a visit almost at night which is not suitable for appreciate the originality of this chasm. I hold the ban on photographing and the sale of these group photos taken by the company operating the site with a well supported rate, there is no small profits... Optionalshow original
Un voyage sur une rivière souterraine original, mais une organisation qui ne laisse pas de place au rêve. L'objectif et de satisfaire un grand nombre de visiteurs, le nombre de place étant limité dans... read more »A trip on an original underground river, but an organization that leaves no room for the dream. The goal and satisfy a large number of visitors, the number of places is limited in the boats, we must hurry if you want to visit a cave thought to the cave of Lacave, (15km) much more romantic and less publicized.show original
Autant ma dernière visite m'avait laissé émerveillée, mais là catastrophe, visite éclair, si jamais on traîne un peu car mon mari a un peu de mal à marcher, on se fait remonter les bretelles par le gu... read more »As my last visit left me amazed, but this disaster, whirlwind tour, if ever we're hanging out a little because my husband has a little trouble walking, it is straight by the leader of the group that follows you. Too bad! My daughter is also straight because she was taking too much time for photos, this is me which they pulled up the suspenders! No, but.show original
The caves of Padirac are an amazing sight, several kilometers of caves to explore on foot and by boat in a guided visit. The part open to the public is just a small sample of the huge network of caves that are still being explored and discovered. The visit costs 12E, tickets can be bought in advance to avoid queues and there are several lifts to convey you down to the caves. It's convenient to wear something warm as the caves are quite cool even if it's hot weather above.
Espen von Hirsch Kummeneje
An incredible experience! Being paddled by boat though those amazing caves was really something I've never seen before. This is really a large-scale cave, very tall and fairly narrow, you really have the feeling of moving through a cathedral or forest path. Inform your boat driver/guide if you don't speak French, or you'll miss vital information.
Impressive cave system. There is a tour with a boat on the underground river. Beautiful rock formations are also part of these caves. The guides give information in a way everyone can understand it.
Great natural wonder. As a foreigner I would like to have seen more support for us. Food offerings are quite basic nearby. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawns.
amazing cave only a short queue in June and guided tour took 2 hours well worth the €12 admission
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