Valley of the Butterflies, Petaloudes

2.5
#1 of 10 in Nature in Rhodes
Explore the world of colorful insects at Valley of the Butterflies, a nature reserve famous for sheltering a tiger moth species native to the region. Watch the small river flow through this protected zone, transitioning to a waterfall that plummets into a green pool. Get a close-up look at the sweetgum trees, which host millions of caterpillars. If possible, time your visit for the end of the wet season, when the caterpillars transform into colorful moths. Before you go, stop at the park's natural history museum and see displays about native wildlife and a state-of-the-art moth hatchery. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Valley of the Butterflies by using our Petaloudes journey builder app .
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  • Nothing fancy there are few butterflies (except in two points of the route)! for the rest, a walk in the Woods also rather tiring, given that lasts more than two hours and that towards the end presents a steep rise increasingly. Eventually, you will reach a small sanctuary, which I found quite interesting. The splendid view that he deserves a lot of looking out at the view behind the shrine.
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  • Don't be fooled by the trees and look carefully, not bark but butterflies attached to the trunk! If you look at even the rocks are covered with butterflies because they closed a dark color that blends with nature! Just pass a bit windy some butterflies take flight and you can watch their colors fly from one tree to another! You will pass in front of, you will be lucky enough to touch them if you alight upon you! For me it was a wonderful experience! It is a long walk uphill, but you can enjoy a lovely path ... which city you will never have a chance to do! There are waterfalls, butterflies everywhere, crab, flowers and beautiful paths! Take water and dress Comfortably! You must go there, promised?
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  • I leave 2 stars not for the place but for the staff that should alert to what people go to meet. Then the Butterfly Valley is 20 minutes from the airport, more or less. Free parking. To go to the bathroom you pay. The entrance is 5 euro and they don't tell you anything information or guidance, nothing ... You have to walk a narrow path in the middle of nature, all very cute and exciting except that this trail is increasingly uphill and then you have to also fall back (so you're walking 2 and half hours count if you don't stop much more, the trail is not secure o). I saw a lady dropping and crying ... In fact we were letting lose and go back because it was not clear even when you ran out I'm route, but luckily the guys said we were missing 15/20 min and decided to finish the great path ... Where at the end there is a small church and just then you have to change the path and go down (very dangerous) in fact do 2 stars because how can you not warn people with children or elderly who is really struggling here. I saw dads with children on their arms, babies so tired ... Should alert! Butterflies I've seen some in 2 parts then it's all path, trees ... And that's it. Waterfalls will be 2 and very small. Really there is nothing in this place. Pay for what? To walk and sweat (because things to hurry because there's people behind) the trail is divided into 2 parts, I think just the first path to understand how the whole thing and just, then is exaggerated, the rest only worse, is also more dangerous. Anyway nice to do something different and if you do not want to go to the beach or something, otherwise it's a waste of time. Advise against children and elderly and persons not accustomed to walking and dangerous climbs. Even there was a lady with a stroller with an infant and the Lord of entry did not say anything ... Luckily I told him otherwise what the hell was then in the Woods??? Melanie
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