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Köprülü Kanyon

Köprülü Kanyon

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The easy river ride

Köprülü Kanyon, Turkey

Köprülü Kanyon, Turkey

The main attraction of Köprülü Kanyon is easy rafting. Set in between stunning mountains, the water rich river of Köprü carries hundreds of rafts every day. The scenic beauty has motived the area to be classified a national park.
My experience here was with someone who couldn't swim. It needed quite a bit of convincing, but at the end of the journey, she was so sad it was over. The organizers claim that kids easily can follow a raft, and I belive that to be very true. Yet, there is plenty of fun for all paddlers.
A tour here will take anything from less than the hour to almost two, the higher you travel up the river before accepting an offer, the more thrill you get. Still, it is really just more of the same.
Part of the rafting experience is a stop at points where you can swim, or rather swim the best you can not to be caught by the stream.

There are several simple hotels/motels/camping grounds on both sides of the Köprü river. Standards are on the simple side, but charming cabins with clean and comfortable bedrooms are easily found. Prices go from about 70 lira for a double and downwards. Food is served several places, too, at fair prices. Very popular is trout. It is local, but raised in basins!
Rafting is easily arranged. Depending on how many you are, you can either rent a raft or rafts alone or wait for another small ground to come along. Waiting times seem to be short. Quoted prices from the highest points of the river (meaning the longest trips) were in May 2008 25 lira each.
Travelling to and back is best done with your own means of transportation. Complete tours can be bough at several points in Antalya or Side. Compared to arranging everything yourself, including renting a taxi, these are definitely the most affordable.
From Serik on the highway, the northernmost point of the canyon is about 40 km up the mountains.

By Tore Kjeilen