The river Vouraikos flows out of the mountains of Kalavrita, between the east side of Erimanthos and the west side of Helmos and runs through the west part of the Achaia prefecture, in a northern direction.
The river is around 40km long. Beyond Kalavrita, Vouraikos has carved a deep and steep gorge, where there’s a funicular railway linking Kalavryta to Diakofto.
According to mythology, Hercules loved Voura, the daughter of Nefeligeretis and Eliki, and opened this passage way in order to reach the sea and meet her. The river was named after her.
The funicular railway was realized by Harilaos Trikoupis. The project’s agreement was singed in 1889 and the construction terminated seven years later. French specialists designed the railway. It was a difficult project due to the inaccessible terrain. On March 10, 1896, the train made its first trip. The route begins in Diakofto, traverses the Vouraikos gorge, passes through the village of Zachlorou and ends in Kalavrita. The duration is around 1 hour.
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sevy (15363) 2007-06-14 5:07
Should be a nice hiking to go in this gorge and to take also a round on the funicular railways.
The point of view of your photo is interesting with the rivers lighted and so being bright between the dark cliffs.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-06-14 5:19
A very interesting shot ... must have been a monumental effort to cut through those rocks. Well composed ... good use of natural lighting. Well done! tfs
bhuniatrekearth (764) 2007-06-14 7:41
Thrilling to view. what it would be to travel!
ifanik (21679) 2007-06-14 8:54
Geia soy Thanash
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Buin (42326) 2007-06-14 9:44
An impressive photo of an impressive scenery! the light conditions here really were difficult, but you managed them in a skillful way. Avery interesting photo and note as well!
Greetings from Germany!
downer (246) 2007-06-14 10:43
M' aresei h sunthesh kai o titlos sou. To shmeioma sou epishs polu endiaferon. Omos exeis kapoies uperfotismenes perioxes, tha ithele mikrotero contrast. Epishs oi leptomereies den einai toso eudiakrites. Giati toso mikro format? Genika polu oraio thema, alla texnika xoraei beltiosh. Einai bebaia duskolh lhpsh, me toso foteino hlio kai toso skoteina shmeia.
clnaef (6289) 2007-06-14 12:47
Pas large, le passage !
MP-Moller (592) 2007-06-15 18:59
Another very interesting photo and note from you. I really enjoy looking at your pictures and reading the notes
dgarr (709) 2007-08-03 6:36
This would be an amazing shot even if the railroad bridge was not spanning this gorge. Seeing the flow of the river below makes me want to visit Greece with my kayak. I have always wanted to visit Greece, and your photographs just emphasise these longings.
You have captured this photo from a great vantage, it's a wonderful shot. Thanks for sharing this with those of us who have not had the chance to be there in the flesh.
smartcat (835) 2008-02-28 6:01
Thanks, wonderful place!
alexisborel (755) 2008-11-15 10:49
thanks for your critics
I don't know if you play cliffhanger to make this shot but pov is excellent, giving a large scale of this place and how narrow it is. Contrast is well balanced on dark part and just a little bit overexposed on high lights but it's price of high contrasts. It really give the feeling that earth will eat us.
Have a good day