One of the last European rainforests! Peručica also hides Skakavac waterfall!

In the heart of National Park Sutjeska, hugged by Zelengora and Maglić mountains, nearby Foča in Bosnia and Herzegovina,  you will find Perućica, one of the two last rainforests in Europe and its biggest and most expensive treasure to visit, Skakavac waterfall.

Spreading across 1434 hectares, Perućica also known as the “lungs of Europe” is believed to be over 20.000 years old and is one of the most protected areas in the whole country. Due to its incredible biodiversity, Perućica has been under the protection of UNESCO since 2017 as a strict nature reserve.

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Perucica, Photo: Darko Gavric, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Besides having many trees that are over 300 years old, this incredible area, where the cycle of life occurs without human interruptions, since 1954. when it was placed under state protection as a nature reserve, has been a challenge for many botanists and researchers.

In 1962. when National Park Sutjeska was established, they made sure that one of the main tasks was to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Perućica primeval forest.

 

 

Being so rich in flora and fauna, Perućica together with the rest of the park also counts a large number of rare and endemic species. More than 170 species of trees and over 1000 species of herbaceous plants have been found in the area, together with spruce trees. One even reaches up to 63 meters.

When it comes to its other inhabitants, a large number of invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, fish, mammals, birds, and rare species such as wild cats, lynx, and blind mole rats were found. From bigger mammals, you will find bears, roe deer, wild boars, wolves, and foxes. The park has around nine species of woodpecker.

 

Perucica, Photo: Lukas Vejrik, Dreamstime

Additionally, in its heart, Perućica hides the Skakavac waterfall. Being one of the highest waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, at 70 meters high, Skakavac waterfall is so special and preserved that, in order to visit it, you will pay a pretty big price for it. No one is allowed to enter on their own.

The price of the tour that takes you through the heart of Perućica, viewpoints, and Skakavac waterfall currently stands at 105 euros (206 KM) per person (100 euros – 194 KM for a tour + 5 euros -10 KM for the entrance to the NP Sutjeska) and it is completely justified.

The park had to increase the price of the entrance fee to protect it from human disruptions and to control the number of people that interact with the forest and the waterfall, as many of those who arrived before left their marks across trails and even tried to set fires for barbeque.

 

Skakavac waterfall, Perucica, Photo: Svjetlopis, Vladimir Tadić, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Of course, such behavior is not acceptable so, we hope that the park will never give up on their idea and that it will stay this way forever. We must do everything to protect it, so if you can, make sure you do your part as well, which is to bring awareness!

 

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