the "fanes waterfall" tour is a classic for this area, it can be done also with kids, actually there are 2 parts where you can walk under the 2 main waterfalls since there are 2 small iron ways (ferrate) that can be done also by kids from 7-8 years old, if you are properly equipped.
The interesting thing about this trip, is that you can decide,depending on the time you have, how much you want to see.
For the first waterfall, it took simply less than on hour (one way) and you don't need any particular equipment, to visit all the waterfalls, you need around 2.5 hours. If you want to do the 2 iron ways, allow around 4 hours. If you are really brave and you want to arrive at the Fanes valley (and it's the most amazing internal valley of the dolomites in my humble opinion) then it's around 6 hours.
To arrive, from Cortina goes to Fanes (SS 51, Km 109) and then after another Km turn left for "val di fanes" there's a parking at the end of the road.
from here follow the paved road, at the first crossroad turn left (follow path n°10), if you turn right you'll go to a great picnic area (5 minutes) or you will arrive after 40 minutes to a panoramic viewpoint. from there you have either to go back, or be properly equipped to reach the first iron way.
so let's turn left.. in around 40 minutes or less, following an easy trail, you'll arrive at the Outo bridge, with an incredible view. after few meters there's a pic nic area.
I suggest to follow the path on the right, it's the beginning of the first iron way, but you can reach the first waterfall, even if you are not equipped, it's not dangerous if you are cautious, just pay attention at the slippery rocks near the waterfall.
if you are not equipped, then you HAVE to turn back and return to the picknick area. If you have the standard equipments for iron roads, you will enjoy a small "ferrata" of around 40 minutes that will take you to another waterfall, and then will take you back to the first picnic area.
So this is the first part.. if you are tired, you can simply eat your sandwiches and go back home.
But I really suggest to keep going, after the picnic area keep right, you will have to walk for 50 meters and then you will find another sign for the "sentiero delle cascate e dei canyon" go for it... keep your kids near you because the first part is a steep path even if the sight view is breathless
. After the first part, the path is in the woods and it's quite easy.
you will see several waterfalls, at the end you can turn left and go back to cortina from an easy path, or turn right and arrive to the last waterfall, there is another iron way, very short but you must be equipped, if you want to cross the waterfall.
If you are really brave you can keep going and arrive to the fanes valley but it's another 2 hours and you still need to do 400meters of elevation.
but it's really worth, my suggestion is to book a room in one of the 2 mountain dews in the valley of fanes, and then continue your journey the day after either going to capanna alpina (great path) or down on the other valley.
In any case this trail is great because you can decide how long you wanna walk, depending on your skills or if you have small kids with you.
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