Experience one of the most beautiful unspoilt nature trail hikes in the beautiful roaming green hills of Vasa Kellakiou, Limassol. Away from people and cars, a unique Cyprus nature hiking tour you cannot forget.
We will hike incredible valleys and hills with magnificent mountain views, visit a rare cave frog pond, see many interesting Cyprus trees, plants and birds. Final destination, picturesque Kalavasos Dam. Stops along the route to take amazing scenic nature pictures and videos.
Total hike distance 6.75 km, out and back route, total hike time around 2 hours with breaks along the way, effort level is moderate, a very beautiful nature walk with a few challenging steep but short hills.
When we return to our private camp in the hills of Vasa Kellakiou, we'll end our time together with a campsite quick meal of delicious vegan vegetable burgers, local zea bread, vegan cake and organic herbal teas as we watch the sunset over the mountains.
Transportation provided: Pick up from Pizza Hut car park, Limassol sea road (Dasoudi beach II), return drop off anywhere along the Limassol sea road. Its around 40 minutes drive to our private camp and start point in the hills and pretty village area of Vasa Kellakiou, Limassol. Getting to our private land and camp in the mountains includes a scenic 1.5 km overland 4x4 experience which adds to the unique nature adventure experience!
Finikaria Hiking Trail, Germasogeia Dam, Limassol Cyprus. Just 10 minutes drive from Limassol city and tourist area. Easy hiking routes from 1.5km to much further distances. A highly recommended hiking trail for when you don't have the time to drive to the Troodos mountains or the Rejuvenation Hiking trails in the Vasa Kellakiou mountains.
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Rejuvenation Hiking nature tour excursions in Limassol. Troodos mountain waterfalls and abandoned ancient villages in the Limassol mountains.
Nature tour hiking tour excursions, abandoned ancient villages in the Limassol mountains
Hiking nature walks are better together! This is the best way to explore the beauty of Cyprus. To book your Limassol nature tour excursion, contact Michael Rivers at Rejuvenation Hiking
Rare sightings of Cyprus snakes hiking
If you are fortunate you may catch a quick glimpse or more of one of the many snakes situated on the island. One of the largest in number is the distinct black Cyprus Whip Snake. The snake can grow beyond three meters long which makes it the largest in Europe. Whilst Limassol hiking I fortunately caught sight of this reptile. In spiritual circles it is considered good luck to see such a creature on a walk or hike.
Synonymous with healing, change and good health. The snake most connected to the Caduceus as symbolized on countless hospital and ambulance doors and relates directly to the lower chakra (the perineum) for healing, stability, grounding and the material plane of existence. The creature darted like lightning across my path more frightened of my giants trail shoes than anything else.
Amazingly it is said the Black Whip snake can climb trees where it can hunt for young birds and steal eggs. The snake is harmless but can be considered aggressive when threatened. It lifts its body for a non-poisonous bite. In days gone by Cypriot farmers would place the snake on their land to remove rodents and other poisonous snakes. Like the Cat Snake also found on the island, it is largely harmless.
The beige Cyprus Whip Snake is also not poisonous and is found at higher altitude in the Troodos. A number of trekkers have come across these animals. It likes wet areas near streams or damns.
The Montpelier snake, like the beige Whip Snake is also rare. It has poisonous teeth but is not aggressive in nature. You would be lucky to spot one of these animals whilst on a walk or hike. The venom of the Montpelier is not so dangerous for humans and just causes swelling. Unlike the Viper which is the most dangerous snake on the island. You would be extremely lucky or unlucky depending on perception on a walk to catch such a reptile whilst out and about. In truth as a walker you would need to provoke the animal for it to attack and I have never ever heard of anyone on the island suffering from its bite.
Team member at Rejuvenation Hiking, Limassol Cyprus.
Hiking the Prastio Nature Trails
Cyprus is a healing island and has its unique share of nature. This is best discovered on the islands trails and hiking tours. Away from the growing cityscapes of Paphos, Larnaca, Nicosia and into the hills above the large but increasingly popular and impressive sprawl of Limassol.
There is a surprising amount of diversity and a richness in fauna and flora as well as a resurgence of animal life. The re-connection with nature through its hiking tours is a wonderful excursion to participate in. That sense of togetherness on a Limassol group hike is a joyful thing to behold given todays highly wired yet arguably growingly disconnected society.
Currently there are increasing attempts focused on up-leveling and improving the natural world exemplified in parts of the Troodos region. With healing, protection and diversity in mind, the Cyprus Society for the Protection of Birds and nature in the north (KUSKOR) brought back into the wild a wounded eagle. It took some time for the eagle to heal and fly again but it now joins a large number of Bonelli’s eagles on the island.
There are estimated to be over 31 pairs of these large birds which are dispersed evenly across its hilly and open areas. Having personally spotted three of these eagles one afternoon on a trek in the Kyparissia trail in Lemesos district; I was extremely impressed. Other types of bird more commonly spotted on a tour or hike in this area are the Cyprus Warbler, the Crested Lark; the Woodpigeon , the Barn Swallow and the Bluerock Thrush and the Blackbird. Treks are usually graded 1-3 in terms of difficulty. The Kyparissia trail is stated as a 1. This Trek takes you from Prastio through to either Parekllisia or the valley holding Finikaria.
The hiking route is well marked and signed yet protected with bench spots for a rest along its route. The trail is marked for bikes and motorcross yet is wide and safe enough for all participants use. The inclines are gentle and the going is even and steady. A wonderful thing about Cyprus unlike my native United Kingdom is the openness of the sky and the chance to really be captivated by the clearness of vision. You are very unlikely to see heavy clouds or fog obscuring the view from the trails edge.
The distance from Prastio village to Finikaria village works out at around 15Km. The distance from Prastio to the peak is around 3km. The views from the top have been described as ‘awesome.’ I would certainly agree. Even better Prastio has a fabulous village tavern to host the weary trek participant on his or her excursions return.
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