Congost de Mont-rebei, Spain – The turquoise river

***WARNING: THIS POST IS A SHAMELESS NATURE PORNOGRAPHY POST. DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU DO NOT LIKE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BEAUTIFUL, SEXY PLACES***

Once there was a small river that flowed on what is now on the border between the provinces of Aragon and Catalonia in Spain. Over much time, this river formed a gorge known as the Congost de Mont-rebei. This river is the Noguera Ribagor├žana and has created a beautiful landscape. The composition of the water gives the Noguera Ribagor├žana its distinct colour, such as in the picture below:

Such a wonderful turquoise colour! Even more impressive on an extremely sunny day.

When one enters the gorge (which is done on the Catalan side), you have to walk along ledges cut into the cliff; some are quite small. Actually, this has a funny story as this park is one of the few parks that doesn’t have much human interference. Why is that? Well, nature fights back, sometimes literally. Roads that have been built over the years have been destroyed, paths that are created in the rocks are either flooded constantly if they are built too low (it seems that height of the water can be a bit unpredictable) or plant-life break apart things that have been put in by humans (hand-hold connectors, the trails themselves, etc). There are also very few roads that go to the Congost de Mont-rebei due to its remote location, so the park is really quite pristine.

A view from inside the canyon on the path cut into the rock. You can take small boats and kayaks up and down the river, although the current is somewhat strong.

Here are some more images from the area:

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