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Plata di Perca

Unmistakable in Plata are its Earth Pyramids, a unique natural monument on the border to the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park

There is a village called Plata near Falzes and a second one near Perca. Both are situated at about the same altitude, have the same name also in German - Platten - and are small mountain hamlets on the green slopes of the Val Pusteria valley. One thing, however, distinguishes Plata near Perca: its Earth Pyramids. The unique erosion phenomena can be experienced in a few places in South Tyrol. A 45-minute hike takes you from Plata to the wooden viewing platform - an excursion that is also recommended for families and doable at any time of year: In winter, in addition to the capstone that protects the earth columns, a snow cap is added.

The Plata Earth Pyramids are enthroned on the border to the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park, which extends into the Valle Aurina and to Lake Anterselva. In this protected beauty of nature live golden eagles and marmots, badgers and pine martens, deer and foxes. You can combine the hike to the natural phenomena with a culinary excursion to the Gönner Mountain Hut, which was voted "South Tyrol's most popular alpine hut" a few years ago. It is a wooden house at the foot of Mt. Montone at an altitude of almost 2,000 m, a popular destination also for mountain bikers.

Due to its altitude, Plata is often covered in snow during winter. The paths that are cleared then become winter hikes that can also be walked with snowshoes. Unfortunately there is no bus stop in Plata. The bus stops in the neighbouring Vila di Sopra and then takes you to the train station in Perca, where the trains of the Val Pusteria Railway and the lifts to the Plan de Corones start.

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