Visiter le gouffre de Padirac
Your visit to discover the Chasm of Padirac
Near Rocamadour, Gouffre de Padirac is located in the Dordogne Valley, in the Causses du Quercy Regional Nature Park, 45 minutes from camping Le Séquoia.
Gouffre de Padirac officially opened its doors to the public on April 10th, 1899. It was then one of the most renowned tourist sites in France during the 19th century. The chasm has been adapted for visitors, and it has been well-preserved ever since. The only change made was the construction of a visitor center in 1930, to provide a more comfortable entrance for the public.
Why you should not miss this visit?
Without hesitation, Padirac Chasm is the most beautiful in France, its dimensions are extraordinary with a hole that has a diameter of 35 meters and is 103 meters deep, it must be seen from above, but also from below with its dizzying view. The descent can be made by elevator or staircase. At the bottom of the cavity, you will discover the entrance to an underground network that is at least 42 km long. You will walk on foot through the first gallery, which leads to an underground lake. There, a boatman awaits to take you for a boat tour. Once you reach the opposite shore, your guide will take you to marvel at the work of time. Giant limestone concretions, underground lakes, incredible sculptures in the form of pendulums, stacks of plates, or anything else you and your children can imagine. Everything is lit up to magnify the different caverns, the impressive stalactites and stalagmites, and more surprising corners.