Good variety of activities in a beautiful setting
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
You will want to go on the optional bear hide trip (40 euros) as this is a highlight; you won't see bears on the hikes.
What did you think of your group leader?
Our guide was very knowledgeable about local history, flora and fauna and most of the time put in plenty of stops to keep the group together.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Things I didn't pick up from the trip notes: - You have to pay the guesthouse in cash (Leu or euros) and there is a charge for WiFi and the sauna - Having some lei at the start of the trip is useful but not essential; get small denominations if you can. Overall as a couple we spent 500 Leu and 100 euros. - Walking poles are useful for the slippery slopes. I borrowed some from the villa. - There is plenty of food; no need to bring any snacks. - You can drink the tap water at the villa. - A visit to the local pub is highly recommended. - Make sure you know how to turn off your flash AND your focussing light (red/green light) before going to the bear hide. (It might be called AF assist.) - The bird-watching doesn't have any chairs or shelter for an hour and a half; if you don't fancy this, we were given the option to stay in Brasov instead.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I found on the walking days we were back in the guesthouse at least 3 hours before dinner, which seemed like "dead" time to me but others felt the trip was action-packed; the other days were busy. The guesthouse is good and in a beautiful and quiet area - except for the dogs which all live outside and bark(!), but this didn't bother me. You could break the journey (transfer is as long as the flight!) with a night in Bucharest at one end of the trip easily, but it didn't look as nice as Magura where you stay on the trip.