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Village at the Highest Altitude and the Deepest Canyon

Lukomir

At almost 1,500 m, the village of Lukomir, with its unique stone homes with cherry-wood roof tiles, is the highest and most isolated village in the country. Indeed, access to the village is impossible from the first snows in December until late April and sometimes even later, except by skis or on foot. A newly constructed lodge is now complete to receive guests. From there, you can do some magnificent hiking in the area along the ridge of Rakitnica Canyon, which drops 800 m below.
Lukomir is known for its traditional attire, and the women still wear the hand-knitted costumes that have been worn for centuries. A version of history of present-day Lukomir can trace much of their ancestry to Podvelezje region of Herzegovina. These semi-nomadic tribes would come to Bjelasnica in the summer months because of the abundance of water. Podvelezje, a dry plateau above Mostar, could not provide the herds with enough water to sustain themselves over the summer months. For reasons not entirely known, many of the villagers from Podvelezje region eventually made permanent settlements in the canyon and later in the place where it is now located.




Rakitnica Canyon

Rakitnica River is one of the biggest tributary streams of Neretva River. It formed a 26 km long, rugged and amazingly beautiful canyon that stretches between Bjelasnica and Visocica mountains to southeast of Sarajevo.
Rakitnica River Canyon is one of the deepest and most deep gorges in Europe. It is a natural wonderland. The entire length of the canyon is lined with endemic types of flora and fauna. Bears, wolves, wild boar, pine martens, wild goats all take refuge in this difficult to access canyon.
As many as 32 endemic plants, flowers, and trees can be found in this tiny region of the Dinaric Alps. The crystal clear water, fed by the high mountains above, is potable for the whole length of the canyon region.



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