Sights along the routes
It is possible to combine rafting and visiting Kamianka Waterfall during the extreme rafting down the Opir. This beautiful waterfall is situated outside Skole down the stream. A short walk will supplement the extreme rafting and let you take your breath as well as give your hands the opportunity to rest from rowing. The waterfall is situated in the nature reserve, so driving cars is forbidden there. On the riverbank, you can have some hot wine or tea in order to restore your strength and continue rafting. You can take pictures against the waterfall background. If you go upwards, you will see a dead lake, which is more a marsh with therapeutic muds and distinctive smell of hydrogen sulphide. Then there is Mount Kluch, which is famous for Sichovi Striltci burial place. Among the rocks, you will see an entrance to the Kluch cave. However, it is another tour, the speleological one.
The defensive complex installations in Urych Tustan village
You will already see the remains of the defensive installation from Pidhirtci village where we normally start rafting down the river Stryi. Well-groomed high cliffs make you believe in numerous legends about the history of origin of the defensive installations and their destruction. From the top of Tustan the most wonderful view of Urych valley opens before you. Next to the entrance to the nature reserve there is a market, where you can purchase souvenirs, have some hot wine, shish kebab and goods of ancient workmanship. This place being geographically close to the river allows us to include the excursion in rafting down the Stryi.
The rock cloister in Rozghirche village
During rafting down the Stryi or at its end, you can visit a place incredibly rich in history.
The rock cloister is situated on the south-eastern outskirts of the village. The first record of the cloister dates from the second half of the 15th century. Possibly expanded in the 13-14thC.
The rocks were inhabited as far back as in the pagan times, the tracks on rocks are the evidence of it, as well as the agricultural site of ancient settlement dating back to the 8-7th century B.C., which was discovered here in 1990.
The main rocky mass is situated at the foot of the mountain range, on its northern slope. It is 200m from the south-eastern outskirts of the village.
Three caves are cut out in the stratum of the main rocky mass. The caves are situated on two levels. On the first level there are two cells, and on the second one – one cell. The steps lead to the second level. Explorers consider the lower cell to be the big dwelling space, jointed with pantry, and the upper cell – monastic church.
Despite of the venerable age of this man-made installation, it is not included in any list of architectural monuments. The territory around the cloister is dirty and one can meet many drunks.
The trip takes about an hour, which is not too long for one-day rafting. The path lies post a local shop, it allows the tourists buy some soft drinks, ice-cream or to replenish beer supplies.
If you decide to climb the top of the rocky complex, the roof of the second cell, you can enjoy the view of the river Stryi. Exactly at this place the border between Skole and Stryi regions lie. You can also take some spring water from the local dwellers if there is a need to replenish its supplies on the catamaran.