With its fabulous natural beauty, primeval forests and marshlands, crystal-clear lakes and rivers, a great diversity of flora and fauna, Belarus is certainly a must-see for eco-tourists.
The first environmental protection laws were introduced in Belarus by the Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania as early as the 16th century. Due to this, vast areas of land in today’s Belarus remained intact. By the way, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Europe’s biggest forest, was declared a reserve by Grand Duke of Lithuania Jahajla over 600 years ago.
In the 21st century, nature remains one of Belarus’ biggest assets. Eco-tourists are invited to visit the famous national parks and reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural monuments and simply picturesque places that are abundant all over the country. There are plenty of things that will make them stand and stare.
For example, Belarus is home to some of Europe’s biggest and deepest lakes that were left by ancient glaciers. Belarusian bogs, many of which are absolutely unique, are by right considered the "lungs" of the continent…
The country’s symbol – bison – is the heaviest and biggest land mammal in Europe. At present Belarus is ranked second in terms of the bison population. Since 1946 these stately animals have been protected by the state.
Ornithologists come to Belarus from all over the world to watch birds: one will be able to see thousands of different birds at a time in Pripyatsky National Park and Berezina Biosphere Reserve. Belarus is a stronghold of aquatic warbler where 60% of its world’s population breeds.
White stork is one of the most popular and loved birds in Belarus, as this bird symbolizes happiness, well-being, health and revival. One can spend hours watching them flying in the sky, strolling in the field, taking care of the offspring in nestles…
Belarus is a great destination for outdoor lovers, with a plenty of opportunities to experience an adventure in nature. One can go hiking, biking or horse riding along an eco-route, order a mini-tour on a steamboat or a boat, take part in an eco-safari watching wild animals in their natural habitat, or simply contemplate the surrounding natural beauty in silence.
Eco-tourists are invited to stay at one of many eco-farms all over Belarus. These farms are built from eco-friendly materials in remote locations and their residents are offered a variety of outdoor entertainments, eco-friendly and fresh farm produce.