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Guided tours in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park 2

29 April 2022
Following the initiative of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate to organize free visits with guides to beech forests, part of a serial site of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, four more visits are planned in 2022 – two of them at the beginning of the summer and two at the end. They will be of varying difficulty – low, medium and high. The aim is to enable a wider range of people to reach pieces of Bulgarian nature that have received international recognition.
In 2022, the three planned routes for getting acquainted with the beech forests of the Central Balkan are:
1. Cordela locality – Kostina locality (low level of difficulty) – June 25, 2022
2. Vodnite Dupki Interpretative Trail (medium level of difficulty) – July 2, 2022.
Each candidate to participate in any of the events must fill in an application form in which to indicate his/ her preferred route(s). The correctly filled in form is a guarantee for participation in the selection. For each route a maximum number of participants is determined, who will be selected according to certain criteria such as the order of the submitted form, information about the interests and experience of the candidates, etc.
The application form can be found here.
Please send the completed form by May 27, 2022 to e-mail project@centralbalkan.bg. For more information you can call +359 886 09 06 58 or . +359 886 76 19 94
Be sure to indicate in the form whether you will be accompanied by your children, as well as whether another member of your family has completed their application.
The selected participants in the transitions will be announced on the website of the Park Directorate (www.centralbalkan.bg) on June 6, 2022.
Route 1: Cordela locality – Kostina locality (low level of difficulty) – June 25, 2022
This route will take us from the Kordela locality on the western border of the Central Balkan National Park to the historic Kostina area above the village of Ribaritsa. Much of the route passes through the northern parts of the Boatin Reserve – the first declared reserve in the current national park. Along the route, under a Boatin’s beech we will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the peculiarities of the forests in the region and why even UNESCO pays attention to their protection.
The starting point is the town of Teteven – the square in front of the building of the Municipality of Teteven. The time we gather is 9:30. The time of departure to Kordela, village of Divchovoto, with the transport organized by us is 9:45. At the end of the transition we will again rely on organized transportation from Kostina, Ribaritsa, to Teteven. Expected arrival time in Teteven – 16:30. A lunch pack is provided for all participants. Transport and food are free for participants in the tour!
Route 2: Vodnite Dupki Interpretative Trail (medium level of difficulty) – July 2, 2022.
This route will show us part of the valley of the river Lyava Vidima and will take us to the entrance of Vodnite dupki cave. Part of the route enters the northern parts of the Severen Dzhendem Reserve – one of the nine reserves in the park and part of the Bulgarian component of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserving the most representative beech forests in Europe. On our way back we will pass by Pleven chalet for a breathtaking view of the sheer cliffs below Botev Peak
The starting point is the town of Apriltsi, Novo Selo neighbourhood – the square in front of the cultural community center. The time we gather is 9:00. The time of departure to Mazaneto locality with shared transport is 9:15. You can also join directly from the parking lot in Mazaneto locality – departure time is 9:30. Expected arrival time in Apriltsi – 17:00. A lunch pack is provided for all participants. Transport and food are free for participants in the tour!
 
Since 2017 the best preserved and most representative natural beech forests of the nine reserves of the Central Balkan National Park are part of the serial transnational site of UNESCO World Natural Heritage Ancient and Primeval Beech Forest of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe. With an area of nearly 11 thousand hectares, the Bulgarian component is the largest area among a total of 78 components, distributed in 12 European countries.
The visits to the forests of the Central Balkan are realized in the implementation of activity “3.02. Local and national awareness raising“ under the LIFE PROGNOSES Project LIFE20 PRE / BE / 00011 – LIFE PRotection of Old Growth Forests in Europe: Natural heritage, Outline, Synthesis and Ecosystem Services (Strengthening primary and old growth forest protection in Europe by capitalizing on World Heritage sites).
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