canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Gola del GÓlatro
Deep and tight canyon cutting the eastern side of Monte Caramolo. Unfortunately the deepest narrows are full of trash thrown by the road bridge above, called Ponte dei Colombi. The authorities of Lungro and Acquaformosa (the two villages near to Galatro's canyon) do nothing to prevent canyon from pollution: it's not a problem for them! Galatro's canyon lies inside Pollino National Park, where Nature should be protected ... but no one does anything for Galatro, which is one of the most remarkable natural monuments of this area. A scandal!
Luckily 85% of Galatro's canyon is upstream of Ponte dei Colombi, and so upper Galatro is free from trash and
pollution. It is possible to do upper Galatro only, exiting from canyon by Ponte dei Colombi.
I remember ...
The canyon was beautiful, better than we thought. But under Colombi bridge, inside the most spectacular
narrows we faced an unbelievable amount of trash of every kind: shoppers, bread, remains of animals, a car
embedded above us. I couldn't wait to exit narrows. Then an unexpected meeting: a little dog,
fallen down for at least 30 meters (maybe 50) and still alive!! without water and food since some days
(how many?), with no strength to stay up, but still alive. Unbelievable!
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