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From Baku I went again by night train to Tbilisi. I had the whole day in Tbilisi and I visited the well known but also the places not seen before. The next day I had to go to Kutaisi. Instead of just taking the bus or marshrutka, I booked the organized tour. Early in the morning, we went to Martvili Canyon near Kutaisi , then we had a good lunch in a very nice tavern, and later we saw spectacular Prometheus Cave. I got off in the center of Kutaisi, the other returned to Tbilisi. The group consisted of five Russians, two Egyptian guys and me. Quite funny. The guide spoke Russian and English.

Martvili is one of the most popular canyons in Georgia. It is located in the Megrelia region, not far from the small town of Martvili on the Abashi river, which, flowing for millions of years, formed a gorge up to 40 meters deep and the length of 2,400 meters.

The canyon is divided into two parts, Upper and Lower. Fans of extreme sports can ride a boat along the canyon from the Upper part that leads to a waterfall falling from the height of about 12 meters. Thanks to the climate of the terrain and high humidity, the walls of the canyon are covered with moss, you will also see lianas that grow along the whole length of the canyon, small streams and waterfalls. A truly fabulous picture! In the lower part of the canyon there is a “pool” where you can swim and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature. Even on the hottest day the water here is cool, therefore this place is very popular among locals who come to Martvili to run away from the summer heat.

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