Discover a truly hidden and surprising place of Transylvania, the Varghis (Vargyas) canyon located in the Persani Mountains, part of the Eastern Carpathians mountain range. Walk through the 4 km long rock passage and visit one of the 100 caves registered in the protected area of the canyon together with your experienced local guide ... More info ›
Discover a truly hidden and surprising place of Transylvania, the Varghis (Vargyas) canyon located in the Persani Mountains, part of the Eastern Carpathians mountain range. Walk through the 4 km long rock passage and visit one of the 100 caves registered in the protected area of the canyon together with your experienced local guide. The trail goes along numerous wooden suspension bridges set above the Varghis stream which makes this trip even more exciting and fun, especially for children. At the end of the trip visit a local young family which turned a 100 year old authentic barn into an artisan cheese atelier and taste their locally produced cheese and diary products in Homorodalmas village. Those craving for more adrenaline, optionally can try out even rock climbing on the walls of the canyon. Numbers are limited for a more personalized, small-group experience.
- 10 km walking tour through the breathtaking Vargyas Canyon
- Explore the winding maze of the Almas cave
- Sample locally produced cheese at a local artisan atelier
- Learn about the history of the area from an expert local guide
- Family friendly
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Private guide for a more personalized experience
- Get up-close to native wildlife
- Optionally, challenge yourself on the rocky walls of the gorge, we provide the necessary equipment
What You Can Expect
In Transylvania at the southern foot of mighty Harghita mountains you can find the legendary limestone canyon of Vargyas stream colored by steep rock walls, giant cliffs and numerous caves. Meet your guide in the small village of Vargyas (Varghis, 42 km from Odorheiu Secuiesc) and he will drive you on forest roads to the starting point of your fascinating journey. Stroll in the breezy canyon and discover its tiny secrets and legends as you walk along the shore of the stream, passing huge tree roots, hopping from rock to rock and going through numerous wooden suspension bridges set above the stream. As you walk, learn about the canyon’s history and geographical make-up and drink in the untouched scenery. The scene looks like a fairy tale stage. Let it be winter or summer, the creatures of the gorge live their undisturbed idyllic life. Dippers, river otters and European beavers rule the crystal clear waters, European wildcat goes for hunting in the forest and brown bears frequently visit the clearings and steep rock grass covered slopes. In caves you can meet the biggest bat colony of Eastern Carpathians, you can discover the tiniest creatures living on the bat-guano deposits on the cave floors, and also get familiar with the hunting methods of cave spiders. At the end of the tour you pay a delicious visit to the artisan cheese-making workshop from Merești, where you not only taste a rich variety of fragrant home-made cheese, but also learn a few production secrets during the tasting tour.