The Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria are one of the rare biodiversity hotspots in Europe where wilderness and unspoiled nature can be enjoyed. The region is inhabited by friendly locals, known for their hospitality and delicious local cuisine. However, the area is facing poverty, reason for which local people abandon it. As a result, the spacious grasslands resulting from cattle herding traditions are at the verge of being lost. This would be a serious blow to biodiversity. To reduce poverty, conserve biodiversity and strive for new welfare, the Avalon and Ark Foundations recently started a project in this region. Read more about the Rhodope Mountains Study Tour, the project and the beautiful surroundings in this travel report.