March 17, 2014
TheSrpskaTimes

It is always interesting to view B&H’s natural beauties, culture and people through the eyes of an appreciative foreigner, things that we, the citizens of this country, have turned a blind eye to.

This time we bring you a short review of the Tara River and the surrounding region posted on greenfudge.org.

The natural beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina is stunning. Starting the trip in Macedonia and driving a long way through BiH, one can see a lot of natural beauty… and a lot of marks from bullets on houses, which bear witness to the past war.

All mixed feelings which prevail during the trip will be diminished once you come to Foca, a municipality situated on the Montenegro/BiH border. It’s all about the Tara River Canyon. This is one of the most beautiful places in Europe that must be seen and experienced. It is a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Searching on the web you can find information stating that Tara is the second deepest canyon after the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in Arizona, US, or one of the three deepest canyons in Europe, competing with the Vicos George in Greece and the Verdon Gorge of France, as stated on canyonsworldwide.com. Be it the second deepest in the world or not, it is one of the most beautiful canyons with its emerald colored river and the wonderful sound of flowing water. The trees and the natural surroundings will do more for you than you can imagine. Nonetheless, what I find the most interesting of all is that the Tara is raftable!

Once you go there as a couple, friends or family, you will have a chance to sleep in interesting houses, eat very wonderful food (although it is questionable if you are a vegetarian or vegan, since there is a LOT of meat), and meet some new interesting people at night, while sitting next to the fire and drinking home-made wine… and of course, waking up the next morning to go rafting! The journey through the rapids and the immensely clean and cold water, the waterfalls, mountains and the green natural surroundings will add to the adrenaline-pumping experience.

And yes, it is possible that you may fall out of the boat, but it will just be an added value to this exciting experience.

This article may sound like I’m promoting tourism, but this is certainly not my aim. My intention is to mention a place gifted by nature. If you go there and experience the sounds and colors of the water and the trees, it will always remind you of the importance of nature for human well-being!