Ever since I'd seen a picture of Plitvice Lakes on Instagram, I knew I wanted to be there. Even if it meant it a 2 hour journey from Zagreb (each way), I didn't wanna miss it. The question was - how do we go there? There were a number of guided tours on the internet and they were expensive. I was pretty sure that this was definitely something we could do ourselves.
We looked up on BusCroatia.com and saw are a number of buses going to Plitvice Lakes. We ended up booking a return trip on one of those. This was way cheaper than a guided tour. We gave ourselves about 5 hours at the park. Unless you wanna hike, 5 hours is pretty decent to see a bit of both the upper and lower lakes.
The bus dropped us near the entrance of the lower park. After we bought our tickets, we hopped on a boat that took us to the starting point of the lower lakes.
Even though we reached there early, the park wasn't all that empty, however, we did get a few secluded spots. The water at Plitvice Lakes is just so green and clear. It was like a dream. Whichever direction we walked, we saw something beautiful - little waterfalls, wooden paths, turquoise ponds, etc. It was hard to believe that a place like this actually existed!
After walking around for nearly 2 hours, we decided to head to the upper lakes. There was a particular picture of Plitvice Lakes that I'd seen on the internet (which I hadn't see at the lower lakes) and I was determined to find it. I was hoping I'd find it at the upper lakes. We boarded a bus at the exit of the lower lakes which took us to the entrance of the upper lakes. As most of my group mates were pretty exhausted by then, they just did a bit of the upper lake before giving up. However, I walked a bit further and witnessed some incredible sights.
The upper and lower lakes actually consist of a number of lakes, and people spend 2 days hiking and exploring all of it. It all depends on personal interest. The main difference in both the lakes is that in the lower lakes - you are kinda on the ground level looking up or looking at things that are at ground level. Whereas, for the upper lakes, you're looking down at everything.
After we were done, we had lunch at a restaurant in the park but the burger was so dry! I wouldn't recommend it unless you're really hungry. Plitvice Lakes is totally gorgeous and a must visit when you are in Croatia.
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