Riding in the Carpathians
Searching for a lost civilization
It is relatively easy to reach Riding in
the Carpathians, because this land is
in the center of Europe. It is quite
easy t...
Riding we can discover another
Romania: the land of the roads in
the mountains, the paths that cross
forgotten, but still ...
Each of our circuits in the
Carpathians has something unique:
together we unravel the secrets of
medicinal plants, we lear...
We visit the craftsmen coopers who
once traveled throughout the
country from the Carpathians to the
Black Sea with their w...
Together we will cook at the
campfire and we will remember the
legends of the mountain and the
people who were lived here ...
We will smell the rain, the sun and
the grass, and the rhythms of nature
and natural rhythm of day and night
will heal us.
In the 21st century there still few
places left in Europe where you can
ride freely and close to nature like
you can do it...
High mountain peaks, narrow paths
flanked by steep slopes ...
Rivers, waterfalls....
Caves....
...scattered villages on mountain
peaks.
Authentic traditions kept unchanged
for hundreds of years, organic food,
deliciou...
National parks and protected areas
open their doors to those who want
to discover Romania mountain
heights and explore are...
In Romania, riding horseback
manages to bring something
mysterious , flavor of the old times,
when people crossed the moun...
Riding, you'll have the pleasant
surprise to discover another
Romania - with beautiful meadows
and hidden paths...
..with brown bears , Carpathian stags
and chamois.
"Riding in the Carpathians" is not
just a trip to the heart of nature: it is
a journey of the soul, in time,
because in th...
Riding in Romania you can find
traces of an ancient civilization who
founded its values in the fortified
natural area of t...
Horse in Romanian traditions
Romanian horse was loved by
romanians as long as we can
remember. In all our ballads and
caro...
Thracian Knight and the Horse God
Thracian knight, fighting wild beasts
like St. George and the dragon to
defeat the dark ...
Horses in history

The dacians horses were very famous in antiquity for their velocity. Ovidiu, the poet, gave the
horses ...
In the XVII and XVIII centuries, the
fame of the horses from Romania
had already passed away overseas
being appreciated ev...
Today in Romania, the population is
over 800,000 horses.
National Stud as well as the private
persons that are dealing wit...
The locals grow mainly local breeds
such as Apuseni horse, Fagaras, or
Bucovina horse.
Spectacular for the horse lovers is...
High Elevation Equestrian
Ecoturism
Ecotourism means:
- Respect for nature through
awareness of tourists and local
communi...
Equestrian travel guides have very
good knowledge of local realities. In
their hands you will always be safe.
They play th...
Horses used for organized
equestrian tourism routes are
peaceful, balanced and are capable
of sustained effort. They are u...
Equestrian tourism routes are
designed for different categories of
tourists.
Beginner riders can enjoy riding
lessons in a...
...while the experimented riders can
experience strong sensations by
travelling long distances in the
mountains.
Shelter is the starting point for
touring routes and also location for
ecotourism equestrian camps for
beginners or experi...
Classified trails
1.Programe for experienced riders
•Organized circuit with experienced
riders
•Combination of an attracti...
3. Programs for children and
beginners
• Slower and easier alternative for
less experienced riders.
• Can be offered to ch...
Permanent human settlements in
the Carpathians climbs near the
highest peaks.
Hamlets located on the plateau of
Ocoale - S...
Find dozens of horses running on
alpine pastures, as if they rule
heaven and earth.
Here's a great way to discover the
real Romania.
That’s why I am inviting you to
discover Carpathians and Romania of
pure ...
Thank you!
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Author: Mugur Pop (Daksa Eco-Equestrian Centre)
Presentation for Topic 4: Product Development Strategies for Better Visitor Experience
2nd European Ecotourism Conference
23-25 October 2013, Romania

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Riding in the Carpathians: Searching for a lost civilization

  1. 1. Riding in the Carpathians Searching for a lost civilization
  2. 2. It is relatively easy to reach Riding in the Carpathians, because this land is in the center of Europe. It is quite easy to measure the distance from Atlantic to Ural mountains, and in the middle you will discover a beautiful country, that is crowned by the Carpathian mountains. Here we will follow the scent of damp earth, open spaces, the strong air of the mornings in nature, sensations that the city refuses us more and more.
  3. 3. Riding we can discover another Romania: the land of the roads in the mountains, the paths that cross forgotten, but still amazing places.
  4. 4. Each of our circuits in the Carpathians has something unique: together we unravel the secrets of medicinal plants, we learn horse archery and many useful tricks to know on the mountain.
  5. 5. We visit the craftsmen coopers who once traveled throughout the country from the Carpathians to the Black Sea with their wooden barrels.
  6. 6. Together we will cook at the campfire and we will remember the legends of the mountain and the people who were lived here for thousands of years.
  7. 7. We will smell the rain, the sun and the grass, and the rhythms of nature and natural rhythm of day and night will heal us.
  8. 8. In the 21st century there still few places left in Europe where you can ride freely and close to nature like you can do it in Romania
  9. 9. High mountain peaks, narrow paths flanked by steep slopes ...
  10. 10. Rivers, waterfalls....
  11. 11. Caves....
  12. 12. ...scattered villages on mountain peaks. Authentic traditions kept unchanged for hundreds of years, organic food, delicious wines - Romania is an authentic holiday destination in the heart of nature.
  13. 13. National parks and protected areas open their doors to those who want to discover Romania mountain heights and explore areas of unspoilt nature, flowers and rare animals, unique caves and authentic traditions. National park are home to a unique experience : here the nature was allowed to take its course, and people are just viewers for the show of the nature.
  14. 14. In Romania, riding horseback manages to bring something mysterious , flavor of the old times, when people crossed the mountains on horses , as they cross today the land by trains or cars.
  15. 15. Riding, you'll have the pleasant surprise to discover another Romania - with beautiful meadows and hidden paths...
  16. 16. ..with brown bears , Carpathian stags and chamois.
  17. 17. "Riding in the Carpathians" is not just a trip to the heart of nature: it is a journey of the soul, in time, because in the mountains time flows slowly, and technology pierced only here and there a rural world that was kept intact as beautiful and authentic as a visit to the Village Museum.
  18. 18. Riding in Romania you can find traces of an ancient civilization who founded its values in the fortified natural area of the Carpathians, where nature is so generous, and the sky is closer to the ground.
  19. 19. Horse in Romanian traditions Romanian horse was loved by romanians as long as we can remember. In all our ballads and carols, the heroes have horses that were strong and beautiful. A contemporary form of survival of the cult of the horse is Călușul, ceremonial inherited from the GetoDacians. Călușul is a mankind's cultural masterpiece and is included in the list of UNESCO Immaterial Cultural Heritage.
  20. 20. Thracian Knight and the Horse God Thracian knight, fighting wild beasts like St. George and the dragon to defeat the dark nature of the winter and return to the warm and the lifegiving light of the summer. The protective symbol, the image of the trac knight watches the roads in the entire area of the Carpathian and Danube.
  21. 21. Horses in history The dacians horses were very famous in antiquity for their velocity. Ovidiu, the poet, gave the horses the epithets of rapidus şi celer. Stallions were usually castrated, not to fret when they see mares and not to snicker when troops are hidden. Of the name Vlachs is linked even the name of neutered and tamed horses in German, Polish, Swedish ... (Wallach ist die Bezeichnung für ein kastriertes Pferd).
  22. 22. In the XVII and XVIII centuries, the fame of the horses from Romania had already passed away overseas being appreciated even better that Arabian horses.
  23. 23. Today in Romania, the population is over 800,000 horses. National Stud as well as the private persons that are dealing with breeding , are giving great attention to cultural breed like Lipițan, Arabian Horse and Hutzul or sports breed Romanian sports horse, Ghidran.
  24. 24. The locals grow mainly local breeds such as Apuseni horse, Fagaras, or Bucovina horse. Spectacular for the horse lovers is the feral horse from the Danube Delta, which returns to the wild conditions. It is a powerful symbol of free existence in nature.
  25. 25. High Elevation Equestrian Ecoturism Ecotourism means: - Respect for nature through awareness of tourists and local communities - Use of local human resources - Minimum negative impact on the natural, cultural and social medium. Equestrian travel guides accompany groups of tourists on walks or trails, teach various skills such as methods and riding demonstrations and tips on using various equipment
  26. 26. Equestrian travel guides have very good knowledge of local realities. In their hands you will always be safe. They play the role of guardian angels throughout the life of the equestrian trail. Are people born in the mountains or who spent much of their lives in the path of the Carpathians, always looking for pure nature, true life.
  27. 27. Horses used for organized equestrian tourism routes are peaceful, balanced and are capable of sustained effort. They are used to changing weather and extreme weather,because the mountain weather is unpredictible. Depending on the region there are used horses (Lipizzaner, Arabian Horse, Hutzul) or local breeds (mountain horses (Apuseni horses or Bucovina horses).
  28. 28. Equestrian tourism routes are designed for different categories of tourists. Beginner riders can enjoy riding lessons in a natural and beautiful landscape,
  29. 29. ...while the experimented riders can experience strong sensations by travelling long distances in the mountains.
  30. 30. Shelter is the starting point for touring routes and also location for ecotourism equestrian camps for beginners or experienced riders of any age.
  31. 31. Classified trails 1.Programe for experienced riders •Organized circuit with experienced riders •Combination of an attractive scenario, local culture, quality horses and good accommodation. •Moderate march rhythm with passages of speed. •Approximately one in six tourist guide •Terms of better quality without going into the luxury category. 2. Programs for casual riders •Short-term programs •require up to a day •around the •equestrian center.
  32. 32. 3. Programs for children and beginners • Slower and easier alternative for less experienced riders. • Can be offered to children over 12 years • Group may be bigger • Simple accommodation, even in tents..
  33. 33. Permanent human settlements in the Carpathians climbs near the highest peaks. Hamlets located on the plateau of Ocoale - Scărişoara, at 1,200 m, are among the highest settlements in the country. In the mountains, animals grow freely as people understand to live their lives. Free.
  34. 34. Find dozens of horses running on alpine pastures, as if they rule heaven and earth.
  35. 35. Here's a great way to discover the real Romania. That’s why I am inviting you to discover Carpathians and Romania of pure and genuine nature, to rediscover our common European values and rejoice together . ​
  36. 36. Thank you!

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