Pirin National Park
Pirin National Park is situated in the South West part of Bulgaria between the valleys of the rivers Mesta and Struma. This is the most beautiful, glorious and most visited part of the mountain. The park has been enlarged several times and presently it is spread on a territory of 40 356 hectares.
The beautiful landscape on the territory of the Pirin National Park is mostly with alpine character and has been sculptured by the nature for millions of years. More than 80 mountains have latitude higher than 2500 meters. In the granite sector of the mountain there are more than 180 alpine lakes. The rugged mountains, with some 70 glacial lakes scattered throughout them, are home to hundreds of endemic and rare species, many of which are representative of the Balkan Pleistocene flora. The mountains also have diverse and unique landscapes of great aesthetic value.
The most interesting activity for tourists is being mountain trekking in the park. The alternative tourism incorporates the presentation of the natural resources of Pirin itself and the cultural and historic heritage of towns and villages in the adjacent territories.
The Eyes of Pirin
More than 180 alpine lakes with a total area of about 180 000 decares are situated on the bottoms and terraces of the circus slopes. At Papazgjol circus, the waters of Popovo Lake appear blue. It is the biggest lake in Pirin, like a small sea inside the mountain, with an area of 123 hectares.
Even higher, hidden amongst rocks and silence are the secluded Samodivski lakes. Situated to the east is the circus of the charming Kremenski Lakes and the one which is in the middle is the second biggest in Pirin with an area of 98 decares and a depth of 25 m.
An eco-tourism is a form of communication with nature and it provides a connection between the territory of National Park Pirin and the nearby towns and villages. The nature cognitive tourism, the culture- cognitive tourism and the hobby tourism are part of the ecotourism.
The main virtues of that type of tourism are connected with the opportunities for thorough relaxation and silence, peace and quiet, and contact with the intact environment. The villages around Natural Park Pirin offer diverse and attractive products of rural tourism.
Rock Climbing and Adventure
Adventurous Rock Climbing is being practiced extremely by professionals with a lot of experience and their presence in the park is very limited. Routes for rock climbers provided with all utilities have been developed on the north face of mount Vihren and the mounts Samodivski and Glavnishki Chukar.
As there are no caves, equipped with all necessary utilities, this type of tourism can be practiced only when following strictly the safety rules, following the requirements towards the equipment and in the presence of a professional guide.
Due to the characteristic features of the relief and the origin of the paths (they are all rocky and dangerous), this type of tourism can be practiced only on the periphery of the park and within the adjacent areas.
Tags: alpine, bansko, beautiful landscape, circus slopes, Eco tourism, Glavnishki Chukar, horse riding on hilly areas, mount Vihren, Pirin National Park, rock climbing, rural tourism, Samodivski, Speleology
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