By Ioana Cenusa
The Carpathian Mountains form some of the largest contiguous forests on the continent with the highest percentage of virgin woodlands. They contain an extraordinarily high number of species and are home to the largest European populations of large carnivores (bears, wolfs and lynx).
Foundation Conservation Carpathia is involved in creating a new, non-destructive economy around the Făgăraș Mountains for the benefit of biodiversity and local communities. In addition to nature conservation actions, the foundation has developed a series of good examples of green business models based on the region’s natural richness through eco-tourism.
In the rolling hills of South-Central Transylvania lies Cobor, a small village surrounded by meadows and forests with ﬂowers, trees and animals, just as in centuries past. The Biodiversity Farm Cobor established by the Foundation Conservation Carpathia is the ideal place for a break from busy city life. Here you can have the opportunity to taste the traditional dishes made by housewives, enjoy trips on the high natural value pastures, to get direct contact with the pure nature and peace that a village like Cobor can offer. www.cobor-farm.ro
Surrounded by forests, far away from any city or village and overlooking Pecineagu Lake, Bunea Hide is located on a southern ridge of the Făgăraș Mountains. More than wildlife watching, a few days at the hide are an opportunity to explore and reconnect to the wilderness of the Carpathian Mountains. Also, we welcome those who love a good adventure and like ﬁnding spots oﬀ the beaten track up to our Comisu Wilderness two Hides at the edge of the alpine meadows in the Făgăraș Mountains, above the hills and the forests.
Built by Foundation Conservation Carpathia as part of the largest private conservation project in Europe, the three hides are located on the south-eastern side of the highest mountain range in Romania and are an example of a green business that has a positive impact both on the environment and on local communities.
Situated not far from Săticu de Sus village, Richita Hide is another place for wildlife watching and a chance to see bears, wild boar, red deer, or foxes. You have the opportunity to do guided hikes through protected forests and on the mountains around the Dâmbovița valley. Search and learn to identify animal tracks and, at noon, have a picnic in one of the picturesque alpine meadows.The main conservation and restauration sites of Foundation Conservation Carpathia are in Dâmbovița Valley, so alternatively you can also experience the nature conservation work the foundation is doing and the impact it has. Find more about Foundation Conservation Carpathia work from their website www.carpathia.org and follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ConservationCarpathia) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/carpathia_romania)