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The Perućica Primeval Forest – ”Lungs of Europe”


The Perućica is one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe. It is located in the Republic of Srpska, near the border with Montenegro, and it is a strictly protected area of the National Park Sutjeska.

The Perućica primeval forest which occupies an area of 14.34 km2. Beautiful and untouched nature, amazing scenery and stunning view! One of the most popular locations is Skakavac, a waterfall located in the heart of the rainforest and it is over 70 metres high.

It represents one of the few areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina where human has no impact and the forest grows undisturbed, by its natural laws.

According to researchers from Yale University, Perućica offers a unique study of the role of the rainforest in the global carbon cycle, since it is one of the last rainforests in urban Europe, making it a perfect natural laboratory.

Due to its beauty and richness, in 1952, the rainforest was declared a strictly protected part of nature, which is exclusively used for scientific and educational purposes, while in 1954 it was placed under the protection of the state as a natural reserve.

The interesting fact is that the tallest measured Norway Spruce – 63 metres (also called European spruce, a species of spruce native to Northern, Central and Eastern Europe) is located here.




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