We will explore Văcărești Park, which is Romania's only urban natural reservation, and use wildlife watching and trekking through nature as an opportunity to honestly discuss some of Bucharest's most pressing issues, including homelessness and social exclusion, pollution and illegal exploitation of natural resources, destruction of architectural heritage, and corruption. We'll also sprinkle a bit of history here and there, as fit, to help you understand the broader context, and how Văcărești went from an abandoned industrial project to a dangerous and dirty slum, and finally to a beautiful natural oasis. More than 150 species of birds, 13 species of mammals, 6 species of amphibians, 9 species of reptiles, and 111 species of insects decided, despite all odds, to make the Văcărești Delta their new home, so we'll have plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife along the way, including (if we are lucky): swans, pond turtles, sand lizards, cormorants, grebes, wild ducks, and even foxes. You will be able to contribute directly to environmental protection in Bucharest in two ways: 1. A third of all proceeds from this experience will be donated to support the Văcărești Natural Park Association, who are in charge of maintaining and protecting the delta. 2. While the park rangers do their best to keep the park clean, we will have the opportunity to collect waste.
As a long-time resident of Bucharest and a professional tour guide, I am being regularly faced with increasingly challenging environmental, social, economic and political issues which are unique to Romania's capital. Having discovered Văcărești Natural Park a few years ago, I have become fascinated with this natural oasis of tranquility in a dystopian, post-industrial city burdened by many issues. I often come to Văcărești Park just to find myself and meditate. While I do not have have a background in biology or conservation, I am financially supporting several NGOs who are active in this field, and I invite you to join me in my efforts to keep this natural park clean and safe for wildlife and visitors. We'll use bird-watching and nature exploration just as the backdrop of our honest discussion of Bucharest's most pressing issues.
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We'll be spending most of the time inside Vacaresti Natural Park, which is Romania's only urban natural reservation. This is located within city limits, just a 10-15-minute drive from Bucharest city center. For groups smaller than 4 persons, we can organize car pick-up from your hotel or apartment within Bucharest city limits.
Explore the only urban natural park