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Europe’s last jungle revealed - Perućica Rainforest

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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 at the right page to discover perhaps the best kept touristic secret in Europe - Perućica Rainforest in southern Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Situated almost on the border with Montenegro, Perućica is one of the two remaining primeval forests in Europe. 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. No wonder, that this unique place is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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, 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.

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 that 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, that plunges off a cliff 75 m high.

Next time you want to explore a jungle, you don’t 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 this top natural treasure in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Ljiljana Krejic

Ljiljana Krejic

I am Ljiljana, from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Being a journalist, I can't escape from that perspective when travelling. My mission is to make you explore the last Europe’s undiscovered gem.

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