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Nature has plenty of gifts for us, and this journey is about how we embrace them and tune our body, mind and soul to nature.

We visit some local craftsmen

We visit some local craftsmen

The villagers, horse and cart are ready to take us through the village to visit some craftsmen’s workshops. Either we visit a wood carver’s or a shoemaker’s shop, the river rapids or the weaving women, local traditions will unveil their endless story.
Budești is a village filled with emotion and passion and you will feel this energy from the moment you get to the old church. The century-old wood, the quietness and the carefully carved gates bring peace onto any churchgoer. Afterwards, we will continue our journey towards a local craftsman’s workshop, to see what the love of hand labour really means. I will let you into a little secret… the entire journey will unfold the old fashion way, cart-driven by a villager who knows every curve like the back of his hand.
We visit the old church of Budești

We visit the old church of Budești

We visit a Borcut water spring

We visit a Borcut water spring

Folks in Maramureș recommend an all-natural lifestyle and take pride in the Borcut water. It is fizzy and carbonated, it contains calcium, sulphur and it can be included in the category of natural mineral waters and medical waters. It springs directly from the underground, from a small natural spring located nearby the guest house. On the side, on our way there, we’ll enjoy the view, clean air and a snack like grandma used to prepare!
If you liked fairytales as a child, now it’s high time to live one. We will leave the village by cart, until we enter the woods. There we will proceed by foot, in single file, enjoying the shadow of firs. You will know we have reached our destination when we stumble upon Mr. Gheorghe’s cottage. There we will eat to regain our strength and walk through the clearing to our heart’s desire.
Welcome to the cottage in the woods

Welcome to the cottage in the woods

Relaxing at the Breb sheepfold, together with sheep and lambs

Relaxing at the Breb sheepfold, together with sheep and lambs

Our shepherd makes the best balmoș. The recipe? Get it straight from the source! However, before enjoying the warmth of his cottage and the boiling tea, we will visit the natural habitat of sheep and bottle-feed the lambs. Children will be most delighted by such playmates, while they acknowledge and learn to appreciate the importance of animals. Pătru knows that the mineral-packed sheep milk is treatment for healthy skin and whey helps digestion. And there’s more when we get there…
Breb is the neighbouring village, 3 or 4 km away. It accommodates some of the best preserved and most authentic homes in Maramureș, the gates which made this land famous, traditions and a real connection to God. Country lanes are many and intricate, people are cheerful and hardworking, and trees seem to whistle a story.
Horse cart riding through Breb

Horse cart riding through Breb

We visit the old church in Breb

We visit the old church in Breb

Everything that is old has many stories to share. It is known that Maramureș folks are faithful believers. The old church in Breb under the patronage of the “Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel” is the most noteworthy monument of this kind in the country. It was built in 1622 and is still in place today, filled with positive energy and history. What is more, its tower dates back to 1531.
For villagers, horse cart riding is something normal, but for outsiders it is out-of-the-ordinary and fun. Luckily, the road is relaxing and on the way we can take in everything around us. We will make as many stops as you wish, but the real beauty lies ahead at the end of the village, where a meadow and a cup of tea or syrup await for us. What I can tell for sure is that you will never tire of so much nature!
Tea and syrup at the end of the village

Tea and syrup at the end of the village

We climb Gutâi Mountains up to Creasta Cocoșului (Cock Peak)

We climb Gutâi Mountains up to Creasta Cocoșului (Cock Peak)

Some claim this hike is not for everyone, only for skilful mountain hikers. You need some strength to rise to the challenge, but it is worth it! Of course we will drink plenty of spring water on the way, so we’ll halt whenever necessary. As soon as we find a good spot, we will stop and divide: some will gather wood, some will start the fire, while women prepare the skewers for the grill. But we will not stop until we reach the top. There the air is different and the view, well, that’s another story. One thing I can promise: in the evening we’ll all fall flat, but with a rejuvenated body and a healthier mind.