Spelunking in Zakopane – are you up for the challenge?

Spelunking in ZakopaneThe small resort town of Zakopane, located in south central Poland, is a popular tourist destination because of its excellent sporting activities.  During the winter, visitors can enjoy a day of skiing following by an evening in front of a warm fire.  Year-round guests enjoy hiking and climbing the beautiful mountain trails surrounding Zakopane.  The Tatra Mountains are a beautiful backdrop for those who want to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities that Zakopane is famous for as well as for those who want to simply relax, indulge and experience the traditional culture and art of Zakopane including its architecture, food and music. Spelunking in Zakopane  is becoming more popular as an increasing number of people become aware of its appeal.

First of all, what is spelunking?  Spelunking is simply the exploration of caves.  Some people refer to this sport as “caving” and it is increasing in popularity as a hobby.  Spelunking involves traveling underground to explore natural caves and caverns.   The world that exists below the surface of Zakopane is filled with stalactites, stalagmites and other natural phenomenon that can only be found underground.  Exploring these caverns is an exciting experience that you will not soon forget.

In Zakopane, the Deep Caves of the Tatras Mountains are a popular destination for those that desire to go spelunking.  The caves wind deep underground and provide breathtaking views of underground streams and scenery.  If you are a beginner, you may want to start with a guided tour of the caverns as there are several caverns that are open to the public and have easy access.  Although spelunking does not require any formal training or a specific level of physical fitness, the public, guided tours are best for beginners and those that are not accustomed to regular physical activity.

For the adventure seeker who has more experience, desires a greater challenge and is more physically fit, a tour given by the Tatras Mountain Rescue Team is the ticket to a more challenging day of spelunking.   The team is experienced in mountain rescues and offers a more demanding spelunking experience than the general public tours.  For those wanting to see caves and caverns that are not visited by the general public because they are harder to reach and demand a greater level of skills should seriously consider one of the tours offered by the rescue team.

No matter which tour you choose, you will enjoy the sights that you will see when spelunking in Zakopane.

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