Transalpina – closer to the sky (Transalpina – mai aproape de cer)

What is it about Transalpina that entice people so much? This is a question with an obvious answer: the remoteness surrounding it. At present there are a handful of regions in the world where one can feel liberated from the constrains of the modern life. The Transalpina offers precisely this: freedom. Just imagine driving without a target and having nature as your companion. It is the perfect trip – at least for some people.

But what might baffle some is the reason for which this region has not been exploited to the fullest, as it usually occurs with places that have a touristic potential. In reality, the Transalpina Road is not constructed so as to allow all types of vehicles to traverse it, or at least part of it. The road dates from the Roman time, but even to this very day, it has not been properly constructed.


Only a small portion of the road is opened for circulation, whereas the rest of it has been left to chance. There is a project on the way whose purpose is to rehabilitate Transalpina, and this has actually been the subject of heated debates. Transalpina is renowned for the fact that it traverses the Parang Mountains but does not interfere in any way with the natural environment. Building an actual road and posting circulation signs will only be a marker of the fact that people have ‘tamed’ nature once more.

But if we were to analyze the matter thoroughly, we would reach an obvious conclusion: there is no win-win situation. People want to visit this paradisical area, where they can literally walk along the clouds (because Transalpina reaches an impressive altitude – surpassing the Transfagarasan in its highest point), but this is impossible as the path is not appropriately paved, thus making it unsafe for specific vehicles.


On the other hand, if the project initiated for the rehabilitation of Transalpina attains its goal, tourists can venture in this region and can discover the beauty of the natural environment once more. And this is quite an opportunity in the era of technology, when everything is mechanized. But there is a downside to this as well.


If the region becomes known for the tourist attraction it is then thousands of people will come from all over the world. It might be a great idea for the development of the Romanian tourism, but this will bring about further investments in the area, meaning that accomodations, resorts or the like will be constructed. So the natural landscape will be severely affected, Transalpina thus losing its most important characteristic – its wilderness.


The question remains: should we deprive people of experiencing nature to the fullest by banning access to Transalpina, or should be allow life to follow its course even if this means losing one of the few areas in the country which have not been subjected to massive transformation in the hands of man?

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