When it comes to jungles, what is the first place that you think of? Amazon? Sri Lanka? Uganda? What about Europe? Do you know any? If not, then you are on the right page to reveal perhaps the best kept touristic secret in Europe - Perućica Rainforest in southeastern Bosnia & Herzegovina. Here is your ultimate guide on Europe's last jungle.
Whether you come from Sarajevo, the capital city, or Trebinje, the southernmost beauty of Bosnia & Herzegovina, keep in mind that Perućica Rainforest is some 100 km away from both locations. These rightly called "lungs of Europe” are actually a part of Sutjeska National Park, the oldest and the largest one in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Some of the trees here are more than 300 years old. Situated almost on the border with Montenegro, Perućica Rainforest is one of the two remaining primaeval forests in Europe. No wonder, that this unique place was inscribed in the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
You should know that very few people had a chance to discover this place, due to extremely rough landscape. With highly dense forest, some parts of the jungle are even inaccessible. Another priceless wealth of Perućica is its flora and fauna. A great number of rare and endemic species live here, such as exceptional examples of beech, fir and spruce.
Due to its beauty and richness, the rainforest Perucica was declared strictly protected nature reserve, that is exclusively used for science and education. Therefore, you can visit it only with a licensed tour guide. Perhaps the best way to see Europe’s last jungle is to opt for Perućica safari, exciting off-roading with all-terrain vehicles. For those who want a longer tour, there is an option for a jeep safari on Bosnia’s most beautiful mountain – Mt. Zelengora and some of its eight glacial lakes, where you can check how European Yosemite looks like from an eagle’s perspective.
If you are a nature lover (you definitely are if you landed on this page), there is a lot to love about this part of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Not only Perućica is surrounded by the highest country’s mountain peaks - Maglic (2386 m), Volujak (1978 m) and Snjeznica (1804 m), but it also hides an impressive Skakavac Waterfall, which plunges off a cliff that is 75 m high. If climbing the rocks only to jump off into the dazzling rapids and crystal-clear water, followed by some rope-work and sliding through narrow gorges sounds great to you, then canyoning Hrčavka is the right choice for you.
Europe's last jungle has just been revealed to you. Next time you want to explore a jungle, you do not need to go to South America, Africa or Asia because you have got a perfect destination in Europe as well. It will take you much less time and money, plus you will be among the first ones to discover Perućica Rainforest, a top natural treasure of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
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