The Carpathian Mountains represent the largest area of pristine nature in central and eastern Europe. More than one-third of all wolves, bears and lynx west of Russia roam these impressive mountains. At the foot of the Carpathians lies the village of Sinca Noua - "New Sinca" - a small and picturesque village of just 2,000 inhabitants. Time stands still here: shepherds take their flocks into the mountains as they did for centuries, and in the evenings, cows and water buffaloes are brought back from their pastures to the village. There is little noise except for the buzzing of insects and twittering of sparrows and swallows. Hoopoes, bee-eaters, black storks and lesser spotted eagles are commonly sighted and the area has an incredible richness of flowers in all colours.
Your hosts, Christoph and Barbara, are also actively involved in large carnivore and nature conservation in Romania. They lead two large nature and landscape conservation programmes in the Carpathian and Transylvanian Hills. In keeping with the conservation projects, they do ask all guests to contribute a donation (c. 40 euro) to help protect the beautiful and ecologically important forests and grasslands. This donation is voluntary. Videos about their conservation programmes are available to watch at the guesthouse during your free time.
Both in the construction of the guesthouse and in the way they operate the heating and lighting, your hosts endeavour to use environmentally friendly materials and renewable resources. Riding routes are also carefully selected to avoid sensitive areas and not cause damage or erosion.
Spring and early summer offers plenty of flowers across the meadows and is a beautiful time to visit. Midsummer can be quite hot and if temperatures climb the riding will be early in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat. Autumn is another nice time with fall colours on the trees in October. There are also winter rides in Jan/Feb with the hope you will be cantering through powdery snow!
NB. Hard hats are obligatory for all riders