Only a few years ago, difficult and steep canyons were considered untouched by man, and thus also protected against his harmful activity. This inaccessibility was conducive to preserving the biodiversity of the ravines and the pristine landscape. The rapid development of canyoning meant that previously inaccessible places were visited by those who were technically prepared to overcome such gorges. The first conquerors saw unique landscapes and places unknown even to local communities.
Now, however, even difficult ravines that require the right equipment and skills to overcome are starting to pay for closer human contact. Unfortunately, such places are littered not only by tourists, but also by local communities. In order to counteract the negative effects of such activities and preserve the beauty of the natural environment, volunteers occasionally organize cleaning actions in inaccessible places.
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Such an action took place last Sunday, November 13. A group of 25 people belonging to the Mountaineering Association in Heraklion and the Canyoning Crete Center descended into the Kakoperatos Canyon located in the municipality of Agios Vasilios (Rethymno Prefecture) and "cleaned" it. Kakoperatos is a strikingly beautiful and rocky gorge with several impressive waterfalls that is perfect for canyoning. Shockingly, as many as 10 large bags of various garbage were taken out of this place inaccessible to ordinary people. The local community of Agios Vasilios was informed about the cleanup and pledged to support similar events in the future.