The Guamka gorge
The Kurjips River has been washing a deep trench in the rocks of the GUAM gorge for million years. In some places, its depth reaches 400 meters, and the walls narrow to 5 meters. The gorge starts from the village of Guamka and stretches for 3.5 kilometers turning into a wooded area surrounded by mountains on the way. There is also interesting historical data about the origin and history of the development of the GUAM gorge. These events took place in the distant 1717, when these lands belonged to the Adygs, proud and freedom- loving people. Once the Turkish khans came to the GUAM gorge and nearby territories, they began to attack the local inhabitants. Driving them into the forest, they wanted to gain a glorious victory. But Adygs took them by a trick, blocking the exit and entrance to the gorge with huge stones. Turks had nowhere to run, so under the weight of falling stones from above, they fell into the river and could not resist.
The history of construction of the railway that runs through the GUAM gorge is also a matter of concern. Local residents say that since 1928, it was the prisoners who built the railway in just three years. It was mainly intended for transporting timber, and connected several of the most famous localities and tourist bases of those places. It was designed by some not very famous engineer, who even made a mistake in the calculations, but then the matter was quickly corrected. By the way, the fallen car, which is located at the mouth of the river of the GUAM gorge, is a vivid reminiscent of those times. It has been lying there for many years, attracting and simultaneously scaring tourists with the danger of raging nature.
In addition to breathtaking views of the river and rocks, there are several notable places in the gorge:
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