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Vallone di Circhio

The Valley of Circhio drops steeply towards the Torrente Finoieri with numerous waterfalls, among which the only one known seems to be the Paradise Fall.
The name is not inappropriate: in spring it is really a paradise of foaming water which falls down in 4 distinct jumps from a height of approximately 100 m.
In addition to Paradise Fall the valley of Circhio holds more cascades, not less beautiful than the former IMO.

Name Vallone di Circhio
Area Calabria
Nearest village Zagarise
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 1200 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 870 m
Length 1200 m
Longest rappel 40 m
Rock Gneiss
Shuttle No
Explored by Lorenzo Albanese, Michele Angileri; august 25 2013


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According to those who have discovered it and have started the tourist development (so far embryonic) of tha cascades of Finoieri and its tributaries, the Paradise Fall is the highest in Sila. But apart from the fact that I would assigne the record to Giglietto Cascade, the current state of canyon exploration in Sila does not allow for such categorical statements: too many streams and cliffs are yet to be explored.
There is also to be considered that the discoverers of Paradise Fall have estimated the height of the jumps looking at the complex that compose it. However, these waterfalls are separated by large terraces with trees, and therefore Paradise Fall is not actually a single waterfall but a sequence.

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