Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Travel Blog› entry 5 of 7 › view all entries
October 15th, 2008 – by: hoangn
We depart promptly after 20mins. Half an hour down the road I notice Plitvice signs, I sense we are close. The bus pulls up on the side of the road by a wooden hut bus shelter and picks up a passenger. Just as he pulls away I notice that the stop is labelled Plitvice.
Quite a few other tourist passengers are also visiting. The road winds down for about 10mins before you reach the ticket office and information station. Entry 110Kn each for +18. This covers the cost of the bus and boat rides that service the park. Nobody checks the tickets at any point...
We take the bus route up to station 4, this ride take about 10 mins. We follow the crowd onto the lake path, it is made of wooden slats and winds around the lake. It leads us through some marches on the lake.
The boat has a capacity of 100 passengers. We manage to half fill it sparingly. We head across the lake to station point P2. The ride is only about 10 mins long across the clam water of the lake, I spot a few fish gathering under the boat. The other side has a restaurant cafeteria, toilets and a small gift shop. Good excuse to have a spot of lunch and a look in the souvenir shop. Cheese burger and fries for about 50Kn. There are picnic style table and benches out on the grass, some in the sunshine and others in the shade. Don't make the mistake of eating too much though, otherwise you just won't want to finish the walk.
The last part is the hardest, full belly, hot sun and aching legs all add to the final countdown. On the last stretch we spot a lot more tourist holiday groups. A huge mass of Japanese tourists, Spanish and German. Still lots of schools kid roaming about the place. We pass a footbridge over a small stretch of lake where people have thrown coins in, I guess they would have also made a wish here too. On the way back down there are some rocky paths. The rocks are shiny, marble like and again be careful for to slip. Trees are malting all over the trail, with very rich red and brown and orange leaves. Some naked trees ready for winter.
Don't forget to use the toilet facilities before the long journey back to Zadar. The facilities are very clean, I can't imagine it being this well serviced in the summer. Remember to check the bus timetable before heading out of the park. A cup of coffee at the Poljana cafe is well deserved if you have time before your bus. Journey back only cost 94Kn, saved ourselves 2Kn.
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