Have you ever wanted to peek into the past?
To see what Northern Europe looked like before wars and industrialization decimated the enchanting ancient forests?
There is still a place of pristine beauty where you can go to hear the whispering woods tell their old tales, where your lungs will be filled with the fresh air of antiquity.
Belovezhskaya Pushcha, otherwise known as Białowieża Forest, is a National Park in the southwest of Belarus and shared with the border country of Poland. The 10,000 year old primeval forest is what remains of a vast area that used to cover the entire north of Europe. It’s also home to rare and endangered species, including the last surviving herds of bison.
Today, Belarus is a country clinging to its soviet leanings, making it difficult for foreign tourists (especially from the west) to get a footing in the country. Make sure to plan ahead and arrange visas well before traveling. Once you arrive however, the rewards are great.