We take the train going up, we walk going down.
The descent from Kalavrita to Diakofto, following the rails of the Cog Railway, requires about 6 hours hiking, while the same ascent about 7-8 hours. This route is a part of the European path E4.
We begin our descent from Kato Zachlorou, estimating that we will need about 4 hours to Diakofto.
Although the trip with the Cog Railway gives us a taste of the beauty of the route, not for a moment do we cease to enjoy the alternating landscapes. Walking on the train rails and looking right and left, every new turn we take surprises us, as we have either tremendous waterfalls unfolding before us, or tunnels, which we have to enter and exit running to avoid any … “close contact” with the train, abandoned stone houses with a telegraph that turn us back in time, disoriented livestock, rocks carved by the gushing water and shaped into forms that look impossible to the human brain, and the most enjoyable of all, the amazing aerial bridges! This feeling when you have nothing under your feet and that point when you wish the Cog Railway wasn’t coming towards you – or in our case the opposite, just to make it even more fun.