Rain, heavy rain. Wet shoes. Three hours of sleep, as of my late arrival to Georgia at four in the morning. Feeling disappointed, as all agencies are closed of a low season time. Finally found a private driver, to book a trip for next day, but Okatse Canyon is closed anyway. Not a very good first day of my trip. Wondering around. Keep looking for a little salvation of my miserable state. Turning, going indoor. Then, boooom. A huge u-turn. From the gray and sad surroundings of Kutaisis, that rainy day, in to the vibrant, colorful market. So full of life, so full of people. Food, from nuts to wine, from cheese to figs. Meat, fruits, vegetables, dairy, clothes, wine, chargers, bulbs… and more. Sellers working, engaging and interact with each other, with customers. Loud noises. People discussing, god knows what, I don`t speak the language, but probably anything and everything. And what do I do? Thought, hungry, ready to buy food, had to grab my camera first to take some photos of this definitely, for sure my favorite (!), a very buzzing place. So lets have a look.
The beauty, natural forms, waters and lightening will definitely impress every visitor of the Prometheus Cave. More. It will stun you with a natural wonders of a breathtaking examples of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers and lakes. Thought, “Prometheus”, as a given name, got as much to do with the cave as a healthy leaving with McDonalds, it do not matter in this case. I would even call it as a kings cave, paradise cave, darkest heaven cave…you name it. All well deserved to get an attention of anyone visiting west Georgia, or even further places, to come and see. The cave can be easily explored from Kutaisi, the second biggest city and former capital of Georgia, as well as from other cities, like Tbilisi. Discovered only in 1984, as a baby, became as one of the most important sights while in Georgia.
To get in: Bus/train from Tbilisi to Kutaisi. Buses (marshrutka) leave from Dibude station every 20 mins and cost 10GEL (less than 1$). In Kutaisi you will arrive at the south (same for the train and marshrutka) from where you can take a bus number 1 to the city center for 1GEL. From Kutaisi center take a mini bus N 30 from Red Bridge area to Tskaltubo (წყალტუბო). At Tskaltubo bus terminal/market take taxi to the cave. Taxi from Kutaisi (two ways) will cost around 30-40 GEL (around 15$) and the driver will wait for you. I did it, very affordable!
Ticket cost 20GEL for entrance and 15GEL for boat ride, (for foreigners) with a guide tour, even if you will go alone, like I did. Guide is available in few languages (Georgian, English, Russian). IMPORTANT! I have read that for safety reason children under 7 are not allowed.
Opening hours: Everyday from 10.00-18.00. Closed on Monday
- Number of Halls – more than 16
- Length of Tourist route in the cave – 1060 m.
- Total length – 15 555 m.
- Maximum height – 21 m.
- Underground Lake – 280 m.
- Air temperature – 15-17 C
- Water temperature 13-14 C
Around an hour to walk trough an around 10 minutes for a boat ride
Anything, up and running, is acceptable on roads of Georgia. I am not going to write about the economy situation, laws or safety of my latest destination. Though, I might just want to say that I have a new favorite country in Europe. Now here, stunned, just wanted to share a few photos from Georgian fast and furious.