Day 8th, 24th May 2018 – Breakfast at the Mori restaurant was lavish and included noodles, amazing variety of fresh fruits, cheese, corn flakes, milk, cheesecakes, noodles, breads, pancakes etc. We checked out of Yacht Classic and left our luggage in concierge. We had signed up for a day trip to Saklikent Canyon and Tlos via Guide tours, oludeniz. There is an entrance fee but it was paid by our guide and was included in the tour cost of 86 TL per person.
Our guide for the tour was Mehmet and he has a very good hold over the history of Turkey and various places. He can add humor to History and make it very interesting. His energy and enthusiasm is contagious and can keep you informed and entertained throughout the tour. On the way to Saklikent Gorge he explained us the History behind the Gorge, how a shepherd found it and made it into a tourist spot until the local government took over it. Saklikent means “Hidden City”. It’s a national park in southwest Turkey and is in the Mugla region. The Gorge is 18kms long but only 1 km is accessible and we walked around 700 meter’s into the gorge. He explained us about the ottomans, Byzantines, lycians and romans.
Once you reach the gorge you can walk over the bridge until the point from where you need to walk in the water to get ahead. Plastic shoes are available on rent for 4 liras though it’s not comfortable at all. I would suggest you to wear floaters and carry an extra plastic bag to put the floaters back once you are done. Carry a cream, mosquito repellent and a small water proof bag if you intend to walk in the gorge. You can also find a stick around to help you balance while treading through rapidly flowing water. I even picked up some stones from the gorge as I walked to keep them as a souvenir.
If you are physically fit I strongly recommend walking in the gorge. It was one of the best walks of my life. White rock formations on both side, sound of water and birds all around, as you walk inside you feel closer to the nature. Do wear the helmet before you get in the gorge. We forgot and were constantly on alert because of that. They also click some candid photos of you once you enter the gorge and can be purchased for 5 TL.