Day 3: Discovery of A Hundred Mounds Landscape Reserve
The day will begin with a hike from Duruitoarea to Cheile Butesti (~27 km) following the itinerary: Duruitoarea – A Hundred Mounds Landscape Reserve – Cheile Butesti Gorge.
Following the road from the Prut Valley from Duruitoarea village, near Varatic, you will walk near Costesti lake and will find the landscape reserve named “Suta de Movile” (A Hundred Mounds). This is a unique phenomenon in the space between Prut and Dniester rivers. The mounds are much more than 100, as there are over 3500. Their heights range between 1,5 m and 30,5 m. Dimitrie Cantemir, who named in his book «Descriptio Moldoviae» this geological phenomenon as «Centum Monticulli», completed its first documentary attestation in 1716.
You will have a lunch break (lunch box) near Costesti lake.
Cheile Butesti gorge is dug by the Camenca River in a reef with a length of over 2 km and a width of 125 m, located in the south of Butesti village, Glodeni district. The coral limestone reef was formed 15-20 million years ago from corals, mollusks, clams, algae, cattle and marine organisms that populated the warm waters of the Sarmatian and Tortonic Seas covering northern Moldova at that time.
You will be transferred from Cheile Butesti to Balti, where you will have dinner at the hotel.
A Hundred Mounds Landscape Reserve