Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Photo safari at Yassen

Two weeks ago I had a chance to walk around Yasen - Multipurpose Area with exceptional flora and fauna, once in the time of communism forbidden for the people and now declared to be a reserve. This was not my first visit of Yassen. I have been twice in this wonderful destination, but always I am astonished by the surrounding and untouched environment. For the first time I entered Yassen in 1997/1998 as a member of the Speleological society 'Peoni' from Skopje, because we were hired from the ELEM (Macedonian power plants) to map all the caves and shelters in the region cover with the artificial lake of Kozjak today. One year later I back with the Museum of Macedonia for a protective excavation of the cave Golema Pesht, where for the first time in Macedonian archaeology was found Paleolithic site, later dated with C14 at 45/50000 BC (Mousterian period).

This time I was a guest of The Macedonian Chamber of Tourism, having a chance to enter and walk around Yassen throughout two (Katlanovo and Kula) from four natural gates. Also we were hosted by the employers of Yassen with the exceptional lunch made by the pheasant soup and a pheasant meat taken from pheasantry within this region.

Yassen is covering about 32000 square meters of area mostly with forest and there are roads as well as a number of shorter non-asphalt roads. Except from hunting, Yassen sees its future in developing of the natural resources and the eco-tourism. You can alway walking, riding, mountain bycycling, camping by the lakes of Matka and Kozjak, paragliding, fishing, mountain climbing, or just enjoying in the colors and in the ambiance which feels like you are entering into another world. So far away, but only on 30 km from Skopje, the capital of Republic of Macedonia, this reserve open it gates for the visitors just 2 years ago.

These are some of the picture I have been taken during the visit in this multipurpose region of Yassen. The diversity of the landscape, flora and fauna it's breathtaking and will always brings you back closer to the nature.

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