Apuseni Experience is a Responsible Travel initiative developed with pride and passion in Apuseni Mountains/Western Carpathians, Romania by a group of young enthusiasts, who made a way of life from their common passion for these unique mountains.
Apuseni Experience is a follow-up of an EU Life project funded project which ended in 2001. The aim of the project was to valorize the natural heritage of Apuseni Mountains and, in this respect; low impact touristic infrastructure was developed through this project. Until 2006 the programme was run by the Centre for Protected Areas and Sustainable Development (http://www.capdd-bihor.org/) – a non-profit organization started locally, among the few in Bihor County area, which works in Apuseni Mountains for the sustainable development of local communities in this area.
In 2006, Eco Transilvania Ltd. - a small Romanian tourism company – was established with the aim to run Apuseni Experience Programme on a business basis. Eco Transilvania Ltd. is focused on those target groups strongly willing to be active actors in the field of responsible tourism. Up to 10% of company’s revenues are pledged to local and external initiatives of conservation and promotion of natural and cultural heritage of the Apuseni Mountains.
The company employs mostly specialists in their field, young but with a rich experience in running outdoor activities & guiding, at home in hiking and trekking, caving, climbing, environment protection and conservation as well as in community development.
Eco Transilvania Ltd. is a proud member of the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (www.eco-romania.ro) and honored partner of Leave no Trace (www.lnt.org), Apuseni Natural Park (www.parcapuseni.ro), Romanian Federation of Speleology (www.frspeo.ro).
Vision and mission
The Apuseni Experience team is committed to share its knowledge and love for Apuseni Mountains – for their history, culture and nature while offering, at the same time, opportunities for sustainable development of their communities. In this respect, the team strives to provide best interpretative cultural and natural experiences and use responsible business to preserve the unique heritage of Apuseni Mountains.
Standard and tailor made ecotourism and adventure tourism programs are offered, guided and self-guided, all seasons, for all ages and levels of experience, such as: caving, hiking, trekking, cultural programs, nature photography, flora and fauna observation, biking trips, alpine touring ski, snow-shoe hiking and many more.