Gouffre de Padirac
HISTORIC SITE AND MONUMENT
Padirac Chasm, located 8 kms from Rocamadour, is France's most frequently visited chasm and one of the most fascinating in Europe.
After a vertiginous descent to 103 m below ground level (don't worry, there's a lift!), you're off on a visit that takes 1 hr 30 mins. You'll be taking a trip in a small boat along the underground river.
The river plays hide-and-seek through a labyrinth of cavities decorated with strange rock forms like mushrooms or lace… until you come to the Rain Lake with its translucent waters. It is then that you see the "Grande Pendeloque" (giant 60m high stalactite), which, as if suspended on a chain, seems to be admiring its reflection in the Rain Lake.
Next, you come to a landing stage and continue on foot towards the "Salle du Grand Dome" whose roof rises 94m above you. This cavern possesses a multitude of crystalline formations fashioned by Nature over millions of years.
When you return to the surface, still under the spell of the cave's magic, the light of day will make you blink and bring you back to reality !
Some tips for your visit
The cave temperature remains at about 13°C all year, so we advise you to bring a warm jacket.
To protect the natural cave environment, you cannot take photos or film during the visit.
In high season, you certainly won't be the only ones wanting to explore this wonderful place ! On line reservation via the Gouffre de Padirac website will help you avoid the entrance queue.
The ticket office closes 1 hr 30 mins. before the cave itself.
What makes the visit special/fun ?
The unusual opportunity to take an underground trip in a small boat
Feasting your eyes on the beauty of the cave
Keeping cool when it's hot
Boasting of having visited the largest chasm in France.